Haida Mist Black 1/4 Filter Review
by Petri Puurunen
Most of the things can be done on post-processing for photos. Even on videos, it's possible to do magical tricks on the material. But, creating the same effects straight on camera is always much cooler! Haida introduced Mist Black-filters last year for portrait and videography. Filter promises to deliver overall haze on scenery, pastel-toned color scape, and help out to smoothen the model`s skin details. Available as a regular threaded round filter on most common lens diameters so it's easy to use.
My first test session was done outdoors, midday on Finnish January isn't exactly bathing on bright sunlight so conditions were somewhat average and dynamic range controllable without reflectors, etc.
Photos taken with Sony A7r4 and Gmaster 70-200/2.8
Filter: Haida Mist Black 1/4 Filter
Upper one is taken with Mist Black-filter, lower one without. As you can easily see, there`s a clear difference. Overall image is softer but still maintaining sharp details. Tones are soft and natural. Interesting detail is that shadows seems to gain some boost while contrast is definitely much lower. Basic editing done on both comparison-photos, same color temperature etc.
Testing continues on different lighting conditions! My guess is that there will be more this kind of filters in near future?
Techical details can be found on Haida`s page
More examples on gallery below.