ND 700 Graduated Filters

B+W graduated neutral density filters are often used in landscape photography in order to avoid an overexposure of the sky with a correct exposure of the ground. The filters are colored neutral gray on one half with a smooth transition into the neutral clear filter half. With threaded filters the rotatable mount allows an exact horizontal alignment.

The high-quality glass substrate of the B+W ND filters 701 and 702 is absolutely plano-parallel and finely polished. This guarantees for long lasting high optical quality versus easily scratchable plastic substrates. A B+W graduated ND filter is mainly used to compensate for a sky that is too bright compared to the dark foreground. For exposure metering, the camera or hand-held exposure meter should be pointed down towards the ground that is to have the correct exposure without the graduated filter. This almost always produces the ideal effect automatically.

Any increase in exposure to compensate for the absorption in the dense part of the graduated filter should be low so as not to weaken the filter effect too much!

Key Features

  • Adjusting and balancing for variances in brightness
  • Ideal for landscape photography
  • Uniform gradient from edge to center
  • Available in two strengths
  • Suitable for analog as well as digital cameras
  • Made in Germany

Additional information

The gray gradient is applied by means of thin-layer technology. The special coating process requires a special masking. This is associated with certain manufacturing tolerances, with the result that the graduation boundary is not exactly parallel. Because this transition is outside the focus range, the effect is not visible and there is no static transition.


Without B+W BASIC 701 filter

With B+W BASIC 701 filter

Without B+W BASIC 701 filter

With B+W BASIC 701 filter



Check our ND 700 Graduated Filters
701 BASIC (50 %)

The neutral gray half of this graduated filter with a transmittance of 50% (1 f-stop) darkens the subject area in question by one f-stop without changing the color. For example, if the sky is too bright relative to the landscape, this is the ideal value for good cloud drawing and to prevent the blue sky from fading due to overexposure.

Coating: MRC
Diameter: 49, 52, 55, 58, 60, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82

702 BASIC (25 %)

Very well drawn clouds and a strong instead of milky tone in the sky can be achieved with this already stronger graduated filter. It attenuates at its darkest zone by two f-stops (transparency: 25%). This makes it possible to create landscape motifs with very high contrast without loss of detail. The gradient zone leaves some play, but for a natural transition the horizon line should not be too far off center.

Coating: MRC
Diameter: 49, 52, 55, 58, 60, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82

We have got more to offer. 
Take a look at our other ND Filters:

ND 800 Filters

ND Vario


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