REALPRO ND500/1000

ND (Neutral Density) filter decreases the amount of light entering the camera lens.


ND filter decreases the amount of light entering the camera lens. This allows to shoot with wide open diaphragm even in shiny day, to add motion blur to subjects and to extend time exposures.

Available sizes: 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82mm
REALPRO ND500/1000
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Neutral Density filters are the most commonly used along with C-PL and UV filters. These filters, instead of the ones that protect the lens from damage or UV pollution, were created to decrease the volume of the light entering the lens. True ND filters decrease light equally to achieve the same density through the all visual spectrum giving no changes in color balance of the image. That is why the called Neutral Density.

Vorschaubild für REALPRO_ND500.pngWhy ND filter is important

We are already entered in the era of super high sensitivity, super high resolution photographic equipment. Obviously, power of this huge sensor can be easily affected by lenses and other optical accessories that locates right on the path of the light entering the camera. In another words, quality of the filter that is the front “gate” for the light to get through is of big importance.  Especially, ND filters that became a MUST for high sensitive cameras with ISO settings that starts from 200 or 100. This is the reason that nowadays ND filters are an object of high attention and high quality requirements. Professional photographers requires ND filters that decrease the light volume in the most natural and harmless way. Canon-Camera.png

When to use ND 500/1000 filters
Kenko REALPRO ND500/1000 present the highest quality of Neutral Density filters designed to use with latest DSLR high-sensitive cameras that will allow photographer to realize photos of moving objects with big amount of blur motion. That will create a scene that cannot be seen by human eyes. Kenko REALPRO ND500/1000 filters are recommended to use in landscapes, city snaps, video and nature genres to create an unreal, fantasy world, although your choice of ND filter depends of your personal purposes and work goals.

To choose ND filter with suitable density, use the spread-sheet below:

500 9 0.200
1000 10 0.010

_DSC3463.jpgNikon D7200 11mm, F8 4sec REALPRO ND1000

The example shows the natural steaming of water flows under the sleeping volcano. Using REALPRO ND1000 one can express the unseen wild nature of the volcanos during the day time creating blur motion of the steam coming out from the holes. This effect can be hardly achieve without ND filter. More to say it will take a lot of time to reproduce it by software.

Other examples of blur motion scenarios when REALPRO ND filters can be used. 

_DSC5347.JPGNikon D7200 32mm, F2.8, 30sec. REALPRO ND1000 _DSC5237.JPGNikon D7200 14mm, F22, 30sec. REALPRO ND1000
_DSC2412.JPGNikon D810 24mm, F5.6, 10sec. REALPRO ND1000 _DSC2836.JPGNikon D810 24mm, F5.6, 10sec. REALPRO ND1000

ND Vacuum Deposition Technology
To achieve the best neutrality in the world Kenko REALPRO ND500/1000 filters adopts ND Vacuum Deposition Technology. According to this technology, neutral density is realized by ND substance that coated in the steam oven equally spreading over the filter glass surface.

Deposition-Vapoor-technology.jpgAs a result, compared with other brand ND filters, all Kenko REALPRO ND filters perform excellent neutrality through all visual light spectrum ensuring stable color balance of the image as seen in the light transmission graph of REALPRO ND500 below.


Here we see the example of color shift occurred when used ND filter made without Vacuum Deposition Technology opposite to Kenko REALPRO ND1000. Bad quality ND filters may drastically change the whole impression of the image.
_DSC1544.JPGKenko ND 1000 filter F8 10sec. _DSC1548.JPGNon Vacuum Deposition ND1000 filter F8 20sec.

IR pollution

ND Vacuum Deposition Technology also offers the solution to the problem of IR pollution that is also can be a reason of concern among photographers. During the sunny day with a lot of IR light in the atmosphere long shutter speed shooting may bring color changes of black, green or dark objects what can be seen with brown or reddish tint. Thanks to exhaustive efforts of Kenko engineers ND Vacuum Deposition Technology underwent incredible progress in neutrality, desirable light transmittance and IR controlling performance.
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These two shots show the example of IR contamination when black objects like black suit and socks obtain brown reddish tint while leaves and trees became yellowish.

* ISO is deliberately set to 3400 in order to make shutter speed shorter and avoid motion blur of the person.  

Anti-Reflection multi coating
Usually sensors of digital cameras are more sensitive than film. That’s why highlights can affect the image, creating unwanted effects due to light refraction in the lens. Filters, as they are also optical elements, can make the situation even worse. That is why filters need anti-reflective coating. Kenko ND500/1000 filters adopts anti-reflective multi coating to eliminate even small chance of unwanted flares and ghosts in the image.

Basic features
Kenko REALPRO ND500/1000 filters has also the following additional features that will help photographer to achieve the best results.

Features-image-for-ND-for-32-64-100-200-001.jpegBlack Almite Frame
To reduce to minimum any unwanted reflections Kenko REALRO ND adopts black aluminum satin finish almite frame. Satin finish will increase friction between fingers and frame for quick Operation and satin black frame will minimize internal reflections.

UV Protected Case
Kenko REALRO ND filters comes with durable plastic case with UV-Cut function.

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Brand Kenko Kenko
Type Neutral Density Filter Neutral Density Filter
Glass Optical Optical
Light Transmittance: 0.200%/ 9 stops 0.010% 10 stops
Thickness of the glass, mm: 2.0 2.0
Frame material: Aluminum Aluminum
Available filter diameter, mm: 49mm-82mm 49mm-82mm
Origin: Japan Japan
Package: Plastic case, filter Plastic case, filter
Photos by Ogawa Toshiya

Photos by Sharyn Hodges


Category: REALPRO ND


REALPRO ND500/1000

ND (Neutral Density) filter decreases the amount of light entering the camera lens.


REALPRO ND 32/64/100/200

ND (Neutral Density) filter decreases the amount of light entering the camera lens.



ND (Neutral Density) filter decreases the amount of light entering the camera lens.