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Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter

B&H # FOFCIND4.882 MFR # FC82ND4.8
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Product Highlights

  • 16 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Increase Exposure Length
  • Greater Control Over Exposures
  • Neutral Results Across All Spectrums
  • 15-Layer Coating on Outside of Filter
  • Hydrophobic and Scratch-Resistant
  • SuperSlim 5.5mm-Thick, Stackable Ring
  • Schott Superwite Glass
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The Formatt-Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter is a solid neutral density filter providing a 16 stop reduction in exposure. This 4.8 density creates a darkening of the entire image, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or longer shutter speed than normally required. By slowing your exposure time or increasing your aperture, you are able to control depth of field and convey movement more easily.

The design of this filter has been optimized for use with digital sensors and promote nearly flat attenuation of visible, UV, and infrared light. Due to imaging sensors' greater susceptibility to infrared light, compared to traditional film, color casts can occur when photographing darker subjects that require increased exposure times. This filter provides a high level of neutrality across all three spectrums in order to eliminate color casts and ensure cleaner, truer blacks.

Applied to the outside of the Schott Superwite glass construction is a 15-layer Firecrest multi-coating, which helps to minimize reflections and flare in order maintain truer colors and contrast. The multi-coating is also scratch-resistant and hydrophobic to benefit the overall durability of the filter. The filter is set within a 5.5mm-thick SuperSlim aluminum filter ring, which features front threads for stacking additional filters or attaching a lens cap.

ND 4.8 filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required.
Providing a 16 stop exposure reduction, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily.
Attenuates infrared light, as well as visible and UV wavelengths, to maintain color neutrality and suppress color casts due to increased exposure lengths.
The 15-layer Firecrest coating has been applied directly to the outside of the filter glass by way of a vacuum-formed, hard-coated, electrolytic process. The multi-coating is water- and scratch-resistance for greater overall durability.
Schott Superwite glass promotes maintained image clarity and is set within a 5.5mm-thick SuperSlim aluminum filter ring.
Type Solid neutral density with IR attenuation
Size 82 mm (0.2" / 5.5 mm-thick)
Density 4.8 (16 stop)
Multi-Coated Yes; 15-layer
Effect Permits a longer exposure and helps to attenuate IR contamination
Construction Schott Superwite glass, aluminum filter ring
Front Lens Cap Size 82 mm
Front Filter Thread Size 82 mm

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Formatt Hitech82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter
 
5.0

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      5.0

      Buy from B&H to get a good one

      By J in the Midwest

      from Midwest

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter:

        Uncharaterstically, I initially purchased one from another vendor. Viewing a straight line reflected off the filter surface showed it was not flat and photographs confirmed it had areas of unacceptable image quality, so I returned it for another. Same problem except the optical defects had different shapes. Returned it. These defective filters came in a cardboard boxes without pictures on front, filters wrapped in red tissue paper (no plasitc filter case) with QC stamed 21 Oct and 22 Oct 2014. Contacted manufacturer who responed they will examine returned filters; possible uneven distribution of bonding material between thin elements of filter (filter is quite light at 18.5 g and is thin).

        Then I got smart and ordered from B&H. Filter arrives in box with color landscape photo on front, filter in hinged plastic box, QC stamped 22 Dec 2014. Filter is flawless. Very close to 16 stops on testing (see photos) and essentially no color shift. Highly recommed filter and B&H (but you already knew that).

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        5.0

        The best ND for long exposure

        By F. Villa

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter:

          I have had Lee, B&W and Formatt 10 ND filters. This is the best so far. Not easily smudged and no color change even for exposure up to 8 minutes. I wish they make one with 10, 6, 3 ND stops.

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          5.0

          First Impression - great filter

          By AAA

          from Hoffman Estates, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Long exposures
            • Long Exposures In Day

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter:

            just took it out once to test.
            no color cast seen
            doesn't seem to affect sharpness
            gives you a great low speed in daylight
            slim enough for me to stack my CPL (with minor vignetting)

            will need to use it during an actual photo outing to evaluate fully

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