URTH Filters were formerly known as GOBE Filters but were re-branded in late 2020.
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In late 2020, GOBE re-branded its products to URTH and introduced many new products to their line-up.
In reality, this isn’t really a “first impressions” post about URTH Filters as we’ve been using the GOBE brand for several years now, and have written several reviews about their products. However, as they have released new products and packaging with the re-branding we thought we’d do a “first impressions” post of URTH filters.
As mentioned in other posts, we’ve always been impressed by their commitment to the environment. Every purchase will plant 5 trees in some of the most deforested regions in the world. Being very mindful of the environment and doing ‘our bit’ was a big plus for us. In addition, their products have always been competitively priced. URTH is an Australian company (as are we), so it was great to be supporting a local company as well as one that cared about our planet.
URTH produces a range of UV, CPL (Circular Polariser), ND filters (fixed and variable), Filter Kits, Cleaning Kits, Lens Adapters, Effects Filters. They also released 100mm Square ND Filters (check out our review) during 2020 with their square filter holder, ND grads, Reverse Grads being released in early 2021.
Not only have they released the screw-in filters in every filter thread size from 37mm to 86mm but also at Entry, Mid & Pro levels – however, these are currently still packaged as GOBE Filters. Moving forward these quality levels may be phased out for the URTH quality ratings of the filters. Each level is made from better quality materials to fit everyone’s budget. The new URTH brand has been launched with mid-grey packaging available in URTH quality and Urth Plus+ quality levels.
Here’s the difference –
Entry Level ▲ – This level of GOBE filter is great for beginners but passionate photographers. The filter features Japanese optics + GOBE’s 12-layer multi-resistant coating.
Mid Level ▲▲ – This level of GOBE filter is great for aspiring professional photographers. The filter features Japanese optics + GOBE’s 16-layer multi-resistant coating.
Pro Level (Top Level) ▲▲▲ – This level of GOBE filter is highly recommended for professional photographers. It features premium German SCHOTT B270 optical glass + GOBE’s 16-layer multi-resistant coating.
URTH – This quality level is produced from premium AGC Japanese glass. It has an 8-layer nano-coating. Perfect for passionate budget-minded photographers
URTH PLUS+ – This quality level is produced from premium German SCHOTT B270 optical glass and is coated with a 20-layer nano-coating. Like the pro-level GOBE range, this quality is perfect for advanced amateurs and professional photographers that want the absolute best quality.
Above: One of URTH’s new products – the Circular Graduated Soft ND filter – 3 stop
For the purpose of this post, we ordered the –
- The ND Selects Filter Kit Plus+ which includes the ND8 (3-stop), ND64 (6-stop) and ND1000 (10-stop) filters.
- The Duet Filter Kit Plus+ which includes the UV Plus+ and C-PL Plus+ filters
- The Soft Graduated ND8 Plus+ which included the new circular 3 stop soft graduated ND filter in the Plus+ quality.
As per usual, the two kits include the fantastic metal lens caps which keep all the filters protected and makes them easy to carry. All filters and kits always include a filter cleaning cloth. The Graduated Filter is packaged in a circular metal can, however, this is rather large and cumbersome so we would probably transfer the filter to the appropriately sized metal lens caps for using in the field.
ND Selects Filter Kit Plus+
Duet Filter Kit Plus+
Soft Graduated ND8 Plus+
The filters are extremely well made and really feel solid. They all have an Ultra SlimRim which allows stacking of the filters while avoiding vignetting (depending on the focal length). We will be testing the filters thoroughly over the next couple of weeks, however, our first impressions are that URTH filters have gone to another level with their products. We’re not saying that their quality is any better than the previous GOBE range until we have thoroughly tested them, however, with the 4 extra layers of nano-coating on the Plus+ quality filters, you would have to imagine they will be better quality.
Do yourself a favour and have a look at these great filters. We’ll definitely continue to buy them for all our lenses.
To get a 15% discount off the range of URTH products simply add the Promo Code ‘WideScenes‘ at checkout. If, for some reason, the coupon code does not work please contact us and we will have it rectified and advise you.
Above: The new URTH Night Filter Plus+
If you are interested in checking out some of our other GOBE Filter reviews, see below-
You can also check out our dedicated URTH filters page on our website by clicking here
Disclaimer: Although we are affiliated with URTH Filters and receive a commission on any sales when using the coupon code, this review is totally unbiased (we are also NiSi Resellers). As Professional Photographers we would never recommend the use of any product unless we use the product ourselves. We did receive the filter with compliments of URTH Filters but were not paid for this review. We may also receive commissions on other links in this post, however, we try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice.