Wine Country Camera Filters: Screw-On versus 100mm

Very simply: Does Wine Country Camera actually use the same glass and coatings between their filters? I wanted my filters to produce the same results between my filter sets to reduce post-processing time. Recently, I replaced my B+W and Haida ND filters with WCC because the results between the two would cause difficulties in post as I’d work to match the output if I used both during the same shoot.

Just a reminder: I paid for this shit. I pay for all of my shit. A 3 ND filter kit in 77mm and a 100mm holder kit with 3 ND filter set were bought and paid for by me. I’m only testing to ensure it meets my needs; if it doesn’t, I’ll return it all.

I decided to photograph the sunset from Myrtle Edwards Park in downtown Seattle. Because of the rapidly changing light, I set a fixed white balance and shot only with the -6EV filters. Here are the results, accompanied by an unfiltered shot. This is by no means an extensive, exhaustive or scientific test. at. all. I just wanted to get some real world comparisons, in the limited time I had, to decide if I’ll keep the filters or exchange them for something that better meets my needs.

Screw-on type -6EV. ƒ/8 1/2s SS ISO 160, Fujifilm X-T3 with 23mm ƒ/1.4
100mm with polarizer -6EV. ƒ/11 2s SS ISO 160, Fujifilm X-T3 with 23mm ƒ/1.4
Unfiltered reference. Fujifilm X-T3 with 23mm ƒ/1.4

Even with a polarizer, both shots came out identical in color and tint. The only difference is attributable to the ambient color. Even the polarizer adds nothing to the color or warmth and just about -1EV when dialed out.

Yes, many times I’ll have a lens with ND preinstalled while working with another using the 100mm kit, bouncing between them as needed so I can cover a wider range of focal lengths or changing conditions. Having the dissimilar filter types also allows me more flexibility, being able to use graduated filters or a more discreet combination.

Now it seems I no longer have to deal with the hours of color correction in post I did previously by using dissimilar ND filters.

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