Review: Breakthrough Photography X3 6 Stop ND Filter

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer X3 ND filter six stop review sample photos (7 of 8)ISO 4001-1250 sec at f - 2.0

Neutral Density filters, otherwise known as ND filters, are designed to cut down the amount of light that comes into a scene and therefore allow you to either use a more narrow aperture or a slower shutter speed. They’re most commonly use with landscape photographers, but are also known to be popular with strobists that want to overpower the ambient light in their scenes.

Breakthrough Photography has been manufacturing ND filters for a little while now, and in many ways, they’re an incredibly innovative and logical company that creates products that simply work. The company’s 6 stop ND filter is simply just that–an ND filter that cuts down up to six stops of light. Though vari-ND filters are much more valuable and useful, lots of shoots prefer a filter that was designed specifically to do an assigned job.

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Sigma Puts DP-series on Steroids, Re-brands and Re-prices SD1

The re-branded and re-priced Sigma SD1 Merrill

Sigma Corporation today announced the re-branding and re-pricing of their flagship DSLR camera, the SD1. The camera will henceforth be known by the name SD1 Merrill, in honor of the inventor of the three-layer Foveon sensor technology (more below) used in Sigma’s cameras, Dick Merrill. The SD1 has also been re-priced, now estimated to sell for a street price as low as US-$ 2,299 — roughly one third of the camera’s original Medium Format-like price tag.

Also today, Sigma Corporation announced a complete reinvention of their famous DP series cameras, the DP1 and DP2. Being the first compact cameras to include almost DSLR-size sensors when they were first presented back in 2006, the DP1 and DP2 have now received a complete overhaul that makes them competitive again on the camera market. Read more after the jump.

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