In this article, we will be going over our dedicated Gobe ND filter review that we have seen requested a number of times now. With the Gobe filter brand exponentially growing in popularity over the last few years it is no surprise that we are seeing more and more people reaching out and asking for reviews of products from their range.
If you are a regular reader of our blog you will probably know that we are massive fans of the Gobe brand and are really thankful that they came along when they did. With many of the more established filter brands becoming complacent with their market share and no longer innovating it left the niche wide open for Gobe to come in. Not only are their filters excellent quality but their innovative custom production process allows them to make a higher quality lens filter and retail it for a lower price than many of their competing brands.
Gobe offer their filters in the following three ranges:-
- One peak – Entry level and budget friendly.
- Two peak – Middle of the road, an attempt at merging the key features of the one and three peak ranges.
- Three peak – Premium level with all features and functionality.
In out opinion, the two peak range should be avoided simply because if you are on a budget, the one peak filters will be able to offer you decent performance and the fact that the three peak filters don’t cost much more than the two peak ones while massively outperforming them.
Our Gobe ND Filter Review
One of the main reasons we see people wanting to pick up a high-quality ND filter is to do some variation of landscape photograph with a long exposure timer while preventing any glare from water features at the same time. Whereas some of the more budget level lens filters can struggle with this task, the Gobe ND filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) outperform many of the rival products at their price point.
Another major benefit of the Gobe filter range is the filter thread sizes that they offer there range in. While covering the most popular filter thread sizes for commonly used lenses, Gobe has also taken the time to try and include some of the less common filter thread sizes with their full thread size range broken down below:-
With such a large selection of thread sizes widely available we feel you should be able to easily find an ND filter that will fit your lens of choice natively from Gobe without the need to use any converters or third-party attachments to make it fit.
The Sixteen Layer Multi-Coated Technology
In our opinion, the best feature that Gobe have taken the time to add to their two and three peak filter ranges is their sixteen layer coating. Although they remain tight-lipped about what the layers actually are, they definitely improve both the performance and the longevity of your filters.
With each individual coating layer having its own distinct purpose ranging from the ability to naturally wick water droplets off your filter, to better improving its light filtering ability, to increase the strength of the glass element you can rest assured that an investment in a Gobe neutral density filter is going to last you a long time.
The Glass Elements And Frame
Another thing that we feel Gobe have done right with their full range of lens filters is use high-quality glass in their filter elements no matter what price point filter you choose to invest in. Both their one and two peak filters come with high-quality Japanese glass as standard that is robust while also offering an excellent image quality for you.
Their three peak filters come with the highest possible quality German Schott glass as standard though offering the clearest image possible while also helping increase the amount of punishment the filter can take while in your photography bag without breaking.
Although we were skeptical about Gobe choosing to use Magnalium as the main material in their lens filter frame we have since been won over. Although many competing brands out there will use either plastic, aluminum or some kind of metal alloy we feel that the Magnalium comes out on top overall. It is very robust, strong enough to safely hold the glass element while protecting it, and it is very lightweight and low profile making it very easy to add to your kit bag without adding much weight or taking up much space.
The Magnalium also provides an excellent material for the threads of the filter and helps to reduce the chance of you accidentally cross threading the filters with the threads on your lens of choice and potentially damaging it. The one peak Gobe filters simply blow the competition at that price point out of the water as corners have not been cut with the two and three peak filters outperforming the majority of filters at their price points.
The Gobe neutral density filter range does an excellent job of eliminating any washed out or overly bright photographs being captured when toying with the longer exposure settings on your camera. Although overall performance will depend on the capabilities of both your camera and your lens, the filter range offers an excellent depth of field with outstanding image quality for the price.
If you are in the market for an ND filter then we would highly recommend that our readers strongly consider picking up a Gobe filter. Their reputation is excellent amongst the community and their core customer base is rapidly growing month by month due to their excellent quality and cheap price.