New ProND Set Price here: http://www.kenkodepot.com/products/h...ne-nd-kit.html
Here's the Additional Discount Code good until the end of the year: BMC10 -- gives you 10% off on all Hoya filters, including the ProND kits, and Kenko Variable ND filters. That goes for the set, as well.
So if you use the 10% (which of course you should) each filter breaks down to around 86.00 each from 121.00 Retail (77mm), which is quite good considering the Tiffens are also about 85 each when not purchasing in a set, and they aren't as neutral (or solid, in my opinion.)
You can also just use the 10% on single filters if you'd rather do that.
Take a look, and definitely post up if you grab a set. I'm going to get a second set, I've got them all through the 1000X but going to go with 4 - 100X.
Hope this helps some people out.
If you don't know what they are, check this link: http://www.kenkotokinausa.com/news/press/N0000024/
Because, a lot of us want a clean base. That means finding NDs with minimal color cast, minimal effect on sharpness, and for a lot of us, affordable.
I've personally used Tiffen WW IR NDs, and had used them before the 2.5K on other DSLRs, FS100, etc. Naturally, that's where I started. After much shooting with the 2.5K and this combo, the inconsistencies between filters began to bother me. It's partially IR pollution, definitely color casts. Next, I tried Schneider NDs briefly and they seemed to offer a more neutral image out of the box so to speak. Problem was still IR, and for personal ownership the cost of purchasing Schneiders.
Many other options out there, including a variable + IR cut combo which Frank Glencairn and Adam Roberts use right now, and have reported good results.
My fear of Vari's are color casts of course, but even more important sharpness or affected bokeh.
They seem to have good results, though, and I would still like to compare first hand.
I caught up with Kenko-Tokina and managed to source an entire set of their new ProNDs for testing. I became curious because of their description of the product, which seemed to be similar to another 4x5.6 ND sold at a much higher cost, and are pretty amazing when it comes to consistency at various stops, and reducing IR pollution at the same time.
Hoya/Kenko-Tokina does not advertise these NDs as IR combos, but I was able to confirm that the metallic coating does cut IR as well. So, do not take this as an "IR ND" solution until it's confirmed that these are suited to the task.
Is for rolling reports as they become available, and as I get out to test them. I'll likely update the first two posts with examples from myself and anyone else that picks them up and wants to share.
At the time of starting this thread, the entire set is not available for purchase and they are still waiting for shipments to arrive from Japan to go out to dealers. You can find the 77mm 1000x on ebay, hopefully the rest will be around very soon.