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Breakthrough X3 ND Filters Now Available at B&H

By Anthony Thurston on May 13th 2015

Successfully funded Kickstarter project, Breakthrough Photography X3 ND Filters are now available through B&H.

Breakthrough X3 ND Filters

The brand claims to be the world’s most color neutral ND filter, something we will be looking to confirm in our upcoming review. The filters feature a high quality machined brass construction and unique traction design that virtually eliminates issues with jammed filters.

The X3 filters also feature an advanced Nanotec coating that repels dirt, water, and other elements through beading, making cleaning a breeze. The filters are also completely weather sealed, making these a great addition to any lens.

X3 ND Filters

Breakthrough Photography X3 Features

  • 3.0 Solid Neutral Density Filter
  • 10 Stop & 6 Stop Variants
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Nano Coating
  • Schott Glass Construction
  • 77mm & 82mm Front Filter Threads
  • Thin Brass Filter Ring, Knurled Sides

Breakthrough was kind enough send me a 67mm 6 stop X3 ND filter for review. I have not had much of a chance to take it out for a thorough testing yet, but I can tell you that I am very impressed with the build quality and feel of the filter.

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It is easily built as well as any Hoya or B+W filter that I have ever used. So if the performance of the filters holds up, these look to be another great addition to the filter market.

The X3 6 Stop ND is available at B&H for$169 (both 77 and 82mm same price), with the  10-stop available for just $10 more at $179 (both 77 and 82mm same price). You can also get X3 UV filters in 77mm and 82mm variants for just $99.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. norman tesch

    i have used the lower end filters and you can see the difference in glass quality. its the same as using (for canon) using a kit lens vs using L glass… as for fixing it in post i myself would rather do it in the camera and not play for hours on the computer what would take you like 3 min in camera.

    it also comes down to what you are shooting, same as choosing your glass. if you arent shooting landscape for the majority of your work i wouldent bother with a filter in that price range either.

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  2. Thomas Horton

    They will charge as much as they think they can get away with. It really has little to do with the actual cost of production. A manufacture’s dream is to find something that costs a dime to make, sells for a dollar and needs continuing replacement. :)

    Why is a lot of photography equipment so expensive? Because we buy it at that price. :)

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  3. Anthony Saleh

    Is the price really too high?

    Check out the B+W 3.0 ND at B&H ($270)

    Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/871606-REG/B_W_66_1073164_82mm_3_0_ND_MRC.html

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    • Jason Pasqua

      The only way I would spend $270 on a ND filter is if someone paid me $270 to take a cheesy silky waterfall picture! I understand that they serve a purpose, occasionally, but that is a ton of money for a piece of glass. Think of how complex a lens is and all of the research and development costs plus manufacturing and you can still find decent ones for $300. I just couldn’t justify it.

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  4. Jason Pasqua

    seriously? $179. This seems a bit excessive for any filter. I think the ability to change nearly anything in post should almost force these companies to get realistic about what you are really getting for your money.

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    • Lester Terry

      I agree the price are way too high.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Except that in some instances you can’t get the same effect in post processing that you can get in-camera with an ND filter. You can do a lot in Post, but not everything.

      And there are some filters like a CP that you can’t substitute post processing and get the same effect.

      As for the cost? Filters can be made very cheaply. Good filters can’t. We do have over priced filters, especially when you are paying more for the brand, but a good +6 ND filter is not as easy to make as one may think, A bad +6 ND filter is easy to make.

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    • Jason Pasqua

      I agree about the CP Thomas. I once dropped my CP filter off of the second level balcony of the Eiffel Tower. If it had cost me $300, I may have jumped with it!

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    • Robert T

      Sometimes if you don’t have an ND filter, you cannot take the photo. Not to mention the usefulness of an ND filter in filming wide open in bright light.
      And BTW the time wasted in post-processing is money, too.
      It’s not that easy to make a filter that will not alter the qualities of your expensive lens.

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  5. Adrian Jones

    How does it compare to the Singh Ray ND Filters??? They are considered the best of the best.

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