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Monday, February 02, 2009

Singh-Ray versus High-tech

Nearly every serious nature photographer knows that in difficult lighting situations, the difference between a skilled photographer and an unskilled one is the use of a Graduated Neutral Density filter, or sometimes two or three in super tricky situations.

The High-tech series cost about $35 each, and the Galen Rowell ones cost $100 a pop. What's the difference? First of all, the hard stops on the Galen Rowells are really hard stops. They have a definable line that makes them easy to place and easy to see.

The second one, and the one that really justifies their $65 premium, is that they come in a felt-case. As I was cleaning my high-tech ND grads tonight, I was shocked to see that they were scratched in ways that would be impossible for me to remove --- I'm going to have to replace these completely. The felt case that comes with the Galen Rowells ensure that they won't be scratched, an important consideration with repeated use.

Now, a real cheap-skate will make his own felt cases for the cheap High-techs, but together with the fact that the Galen Rowells are a bit longer and just that much easier to use, I think I'm going to be buying those in the future.


Stephen Desroches said...

Finally, a decent review that compares the two.

It's been two years since this post, do you still feel the same way?

Putting the case aside because you can buy Lee cases cheaper, do you notice a quality difference between Singh-Ray and Hitech?

So far, the pros for double the price is. Case, Harder Edge and a longer slide.

Piaw Na said...

Yes. Check out last year's pictures: