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Cokin Nuances ND1024 10 Stop Filter Review

Cokin Nuances ND1024 10 Stop Filter Review - We test the new Cokin Nuances ND1024 10 stop filter that is designed to give truly neutral colour reproduction, ideal for long exposure colour photography.

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Cokin NUANCES ND1024 in Filters

Handling and Features
Performance
Verdict

Cokin NUANCES ND1024 (1)

The Cokin Nuances ND1024 is a new neutral density square filter recently introduced, and the darkest of all the Cokin Nuances filters available, giving 10 stops of light reduction, and is available in square filter sizes ranging from M (84mm), L (100mm) and XL (130mm) sizes.   

Cokin Nuances ND1024 Handling and Features

Cokin NUANCES ND1024 (3)

The Cokin Nuances filters are part of a new range of Neutral Density filters that are designed to be truly neutral without affecting the image and therefore, should avoid the colour cast normally associated with ND filters from some manufacturers. 

The filters use Schott Glass B270, which is a very pure glass with very high transmission levels. The filters use a new coating process, using a nano metallic alloy applied on both sides of the glass. They are designed to be extremely neutral with no colour cast even when stacking, with excellent resolution, low reflection, as well as being free of infrared pollution. 

The filters are available in M (P series), L (Z-PRO series), and XL (X-PRO series) sizes, depending on density. The ND32 filter and stronger, in L or XL sizes, come with a round foam gasket to stop light leaks.

Densities available Light Reduction (f stops) Equivalent Optical Density
ND2 0.3
ND4 0.6
ND8 3 0.9
ND32 5 1.5
ND256 8 2.4
ND1024 10 3.0

 

The Cokin Nuances ND1024 is the strongest ND filter available in the range, with 10 stops, equal to an ND optical density of 3.0. This means a photograph that would normally be taken at a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second becomes a 1-second exposure. 

NUANCES ND1024

A benefit of using an ND filter is for use of brighter apertures in bright light, improving bokeh, although another filter in the Cokin Nuances range would be more suited to this, such as the ND32. 

Cokin Nuances ND1024 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the kit. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Cokin NUANCES ND1024 Sample Photos

Normally to try and get a slower shutter speed you would set the ISO speed to the lowest setting available, as well as set the aperture to the smallest available, for example f/22. However, taking a photo at such a small aperture, f/22, results in an image that is very soft due to diffraction. Therefore, using an ND filter lets you use a slow shutter speed with a quicker aperture, such as f/4, and using these settings with the Cokin Nuances ND1024 has resulted in a sharp image.

Using such a strong filter is likely to cause problems with autofocus, so manual focus is recommended before shooting, although we found that the Olympus OM-D E-M5's focusing system was fine the majority of the time depending on the brightness of the scene, letting us continue to use auto-focus. 

The filter is resistant to flare and ghosting, even when shooting with the sun in the frame. There was no vignetting visible when shooting with an ultra wide-angle (21mm equivalent) lens on the Sigma dp0 Quattro. Detail remains good across the frame, even into the corners and the colour remains good, with very good colour reproduction. When used to photograph the test chart in the images above, there is a slight hue towards yellow, however, this was not a major problem and makes the Cokin Nuances ND filters suitable for colour photography. If you do have a filter that causes a colour cast, then in some cases, the only option would be to convert the image to black and white. 

Value For Money

The Cokin Nuances ND1024 filter is available for £89 in L:100mm (M: £59.99, XL: £149) filter size without the holder, the LEE Filter Big Stopper 10x is £99, without the holder, the HOYA PROND 1000 (10 stop) filter costs £45 (58mm), a B+W 58 mm F-PRO Mount 110 Single Coated +10 Stop Neutral Density Filter costs £56, a Tiffen 58mm advantiX IR Cut Neutral Density 3.0 costs £59, making the Cokin good value for money, as a more affordable square filter. 

Cokin Nuances ND1024 Verdict

The Cokin Nuances ND1024 is a new neutral density filter that offers 10 stops in the popular square filter format and is the first of its kind for Cokin filter holders. Introduced at a competitive price compared to other similar 10 stop filters, this is a welcome addition, and the results are good with very minimal difference in colour rendition. Detail is good and the filter does not add any additional flare when a bright light source is in the frame. The filter also comes with a foam insert to ensure that there are no light leaks on long exposures. Recommended!


 
  The Cokin Nuances ND1024 is a new 10 stop ND filter that delivers high-quality results. 
     

Cokin Nuances ND1024 Pros

Very good colour reproduction
Good value for money
Foam surround included
High quality
Good image quality

Cokin Nuances ND1024 Cons

Needs a filter holder if you don't already have one

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