Review by Mark and Leslie Degner
In Issue #35 (Fall 2015) we reviewed the Progrey G-100X Filter System and a number of their filters. Since our review was published the folks at Progrey (www.progreyusa.com) have been busy.
In our review we noted that the Progrey 10-stop (ND1000X) Genesis Truecolor square glass solid neutral density (ND) “had a slight magenta colour cast,” however, their 7-stop (ND128X) filter had “no detectable colour cast.” For us, this slight magenta colour cast was not a big deal as it was easily removed in post processing and was less than what we’ve seen in some of the competitor’s 10-stop solid ND filters. A couple of months ago we received a sample of their improved Genesis Truecolor 10-stop (ND1000X) ND filter to test out. In comparison to the original filter, the new one had essentially no colour cast. We were really impressed, both with the filter itself (it’s the best 10-stop solid ND filter that we’ve used), and Progrey’s commitment to improving their filters based on the feedback they received, with the goal of producing the best filters possible.
We also received a sample of Progrey’s newest line of graduated neutral density (GND) filters, the TITAN series. Since we were really impressed with the quality of their original series of GND filters, we were surprised to see them come out with this new, upgraded series. According to Progrey, the new TITAN series filters are made with the highest quality, ultra-clear, specially modified CR-39 resin, making the filters practically unbreakable with essentially no colour cast. In addition, the TITAN filters have 10 ultra-thin protective coating layers on each side, including anti-reflection, anti-scratch and dust/smudge resistant coatings.
We compared an original series 2-stop (0.6) hard edge GND filter to the equivalent new TITAN GND filter and in terms of image quality and colour cast, we couldn’t detect any difference between the two; they were both excellent. The new filters are more pliable and flex more so they’re less prone to shattering. Although we didn’t test the breaking strength of the filters ourselves, we did watch the short video on Progrey’s website and were quite impressed (www.progreyusa.com/Titan-GND.MOV).
Currently the new TITAN series is only available in the 100mm wide (G-100X) size and a variety of densities with both hard and soft edges. They’re a little more expensive than the original series ($115 US vs. $77 US, respectively). In our opinion, photographers can’t go wrong with either the original or the new TITAN series of GND filters, but if you’re really hard on your filters then you may want to consider the new TITAN series.