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Ted’s Photo Gear Review: KASE FILTER KIT

Ted’s Photo Gear Review: KASE Magnetic 5 in 1 Filter Kit

As previously discussed, There are three essential lens filters for digital photography:

1- UV Filter for lens protection.

2- Polarizing Filter to reduce glares and reflections.

3- ND Filters with different densities to reduces the light to use slower shutter speeds or wider apertures

Kase 5 in 1 Magnetic Filter Kit comes with one magnetic rim adaptor, one magnetic lens cap, one circular polarizing filter, two ND filters (ND8 and ND64) and a carrying case.

Kase 5 in 1 Filter Kit

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Since Kase is relatively a new filter manufacturer, I tested the quality of the materials (metal rims, glass, coatings and magnets) and found that the built is decent.

The magnets are strong enough to hold the filter securely in place. I even stacked all three filters together and didn’t find any concerns.

Kase 5 in 1 Filter Kit

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Secondly, I did a quick test by holding the ND8 filter in front of my lens to see if it creates any colour cast. And to my surprise, the coating reduced the exposure without changing colours.

Kase ND Filter Colour Test

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Then, I tested the polarizing filter in the office by taking photos from prints on the wall. The Kase Polarizing Filter removed almost all the glare and reflection. However, it introduced a slightly warmer colour, which can be pleasing, especially when taking photos in higher elevations or landscapes.

No Filter

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Using Kase Polarizing Filter

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As you noticed, the polarizing filter created a nice and clean image.

Then I took the ND filters for a spin. I went to Steelhead Falls in the mid-day. It was so bright there, and without the ND filter, the slowest shutter speed that I could use was 1/60 sec, which was not slow enough to create a long exposure effect.

No Filter

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By adding the Kase ND64, I shot the below image at 3 seconds. I was quite pleased with the performance of the Kase ND Filter.

With Kase ND64 Filter

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Conclusion:

Package:

Kase 1 in 5 Filter Kit comes with a carrying case, which is very handy with soft poaches to protects filters. The magnetic lens cap is another bounce.

The magnetic rim allows attaching filters quickly and easily. I stack all three filters together, and the magnet was powerful to hold them together.    

Built Quality:

Although Kase filters are relatively new in the market, the built quality is decent. The rim and the magnetic attachment are solid and safe. I couldn’t find any issues with threads on the magnetic adaptor; I could easily screw it to all of my lenses. 

Coating:

The ND filter coating is excellent. It didn’t cause any colour cast on my photos. 

However, the Polarizing layer creates a warmer tone, which can be very pleasing, especially when taking pictures in higher elevations.

It may look a bit pricy, but having three essential filters in a protective carrying case is a wise investment.

I purchased my Kase Filters at London Drugs @Highstreet. LondonDrugs carry Kase Filter kit in stock. Check it out!

 

Stay tuned for more Photo Gear Review.

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Ted’s Photo Gear Review: MANFROTTO BEFREE TRIPOD

Ted’s Photo Gear Review: A New Section

Many sites review photography gears, some even in-depth and technical. However, there are increasing demands for easy-to-understand reviews. I have received many of those requests, and finally, I decided to add a new section to my daily posts.

 

In this new section, I review one item per week. These items range from lens filters to camera bodies. These reviews will be short, easy-to-understand and always on point.

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Without further ado, Let’s get into my first review.

Photo Gear Review: Manfrotto BeFree Tripod

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Manfrotto BeFree Tripod comes with a nice carrying case.

Photo Gear Review: Manfrotto BeFree Advanced Aluminum 4-Section Lever Leg Ball Head Kit

Tripod is one of those gears that photographers love and hate at the same time. We love tripods as they keep our cameras steady for long exposure pictures. And we hate them because they are heavy and take space to carry around! 

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Manfrotto is an Italian manufacturer, and Italian designers developed the perfect design to address the cumbersome issue. Here are some highlights:

1- BeFree is small and light-weighted, yet steady enough for an 8kg (about 17.5lb) load. It weighs only 1.6kg and measures 40cm folded.

Photo Gear Review: Manfrotto BeFree Tripod

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Manfrotto BeFree weighs 1.6 kg and the folded length is 40cm only!

2- The lock mechanism and the quick release plate function smoothly, which shows the quality of materials and design. I liked how effortlessly I unfolded the tripod and mounted my camera.

Photo Gear Review: Manfrotto BeFree Tripod

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The locking mechanism is quick and smooth

3- The Manfrotto ball head that comes in the kit is ideal for all beginner to intermediate photographers who want maximum performance and stability at all times – it is smooth and quick to adjust.
4- The quick release plate stays secure and locked in its place, which is a piece of mind.

Photo Gear Review: Manfrotto BeFree Tripod

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Manfrotto ball head and the quick release plate are very smooth and secure.

Conclusion:

BeFree is an excellent medium-range tripod for travelling and active photography. Lightweight and small size make this tripod a trusty companion. I give this tripod a five-star rating for quality, manufacturing, ease of use, and stability. 

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It may look a bit pricy, but it is an excellent investment.  At the time of this article, LondonDrugs carries this tripod in stock, and it is on sale now. 

That is all for this #TedPhotoGearReview. Follow us for more reviews. Contact me if you have more questions about this tripod.

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