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Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter (77mm)

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter
Cacagoo Pro ND1000 Nano Multi Layer Coated Schott Glass Filter



Has anyone heard or tried the Cacagoo filters? It's one of those brands/products that we've never seen or heard about and might be skeptical about the quality. Seeing its impressive and bold claims on paper (14 layers of nano multi coating, uses high quality Germany Schott glass), I thought we might give it a try.








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What this product claims

14 layers of nano multi layer coating

Use of German Schott glass

Water-resistant, oil-resistant, dust-resistant

Thin design prevents vignetting especially on ultra wide angle lenses

Comes in 9 popular sizes: 49mm up to 86mm

10 stops for daytime long exposure

No color cast

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

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SUMMARY

For

Well designed and thoughtful packaging. It looks expensive!

Made of optical quality Schott glass, not low quality resin. Aside from preserving sharpness, schott glass is also very resistant to scratches and cracking. Sounds like a solid piece of high quality Schott glass when I tap on the surface.

The glass surface has a greenish anti-reflective effect. You can tell it is a high quality multicoated glass because the reflections are subtle.

This filter accurately has 10 stops so you can use long exposure for daytime.

No vignetting was observed at 12mm (Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4).

My closeup seashell shots show a with and without filter. The result shows that the sharpness is still the same.

The glass is indeed resistant to oil and water.

Price is the biggest selling point here. It sells for half or a third compared to the well known brands.



Neutral

Dust-proof? I don't know what they mean by that, but I'm seeing that dust is sometimes clinging to the surface. It doesn't go away by blowing, but the stroke of a brush cleans it up instantly with no residues left. But I like blowing more than stroking, you see.



Against

It has a 'sepia' color cast. Color cast is common with strong ND filters (ND400, ND1000), some pinkish/magenta, others greenish/blueish. Most of the test subjects which included high-end filters were prone to this, and even produced stronger color cast.



Conclusion

It delivers everything it promised, except maybe a teensy-weensy sepia color cast. To its credit, the color cast is already minimal compared to several ND1000 filters from high-end brands. Users know better that this color cast is easily overcome by mounting the filter first, then setting the correct preset white balance. But I do like the warming effect of this filter.

The 14 layers of nano multicoating sure helps alot in controlling flare, ghosting, and internal reflections. So far, I have never seen any aberrations in the images that were shot with this lens, even with the sun shining bright in the frame.

The filter has a very thin profile, which prevents vignetting on wide angle lenses. I primarily got this for my ultra wide angle lens, so this feature really helps alot.

It's made of high quality German Schott glass and we presume it's not easy to break. Using optical glass compared to resin also helps to preserve the sharpness of the images.

I guess there are many cheap filters that can really deliver high quality results. My presumption is that if they have the confidence to advertise it in their product description, then they have probably got the good goods.

Bringing back the power to the people, high quality items shouldn't always be expensive. That's why there are brands like Cacagoo and Zomei.

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

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SAMPLES

Nikon D5200 Settings
Photo Size - JPEG Basic/Small
White Balance - Preset
Picture Profile - Standard
HDR/ADL/Flash - Off

All images are unedited/uncorrected.

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter
This is a crop comparison from the last 3 photos above.

Cacagoo Pro ND1000, Ultra Slim Nano Multi Coated Schott Glass Filter (77mm)

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

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