Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter

Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter

Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter

B&H # FOFCND2.4444 MFR # FC4X4ND2.4
Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter

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  • 8 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Increase Exposure Length
  • Greater Control Over Exposures
  • Neutral Results Across All Spectrums
  • Sandwiched 15-Layer Multi-Coating
  • Hydrophobic and Scratch-Resistant
  • 4mm-Thick Schott Superwite Glass
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The Formatt-Hitech 4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter is a solid neutral density filter providing a 8 stop reduction in exposure. This 2.4 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.

Sandwiched between layers of Schott Superwite glass is a 15-layer Firecrest multi-coating, which helps to minimize reflections and flare in order maintain truer colors and contrast. Since the coating is located within the middle of the filter, it is less prone to scratching or damage and results in a more durable and hydrophobic design. This filter measures 4 x 4" / 101.6 x 101.6mm and is 0.16" / 4mm-thick.

ND 2.4 filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required.
Providing a 8 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 filter glass by way of a vacuum-formed, hard-coated, electrolytic process. The multi-coating is sandwiched between layers of glass for added water- and scratch-resistance.
Schott Superwite glass promotes maintained image clarity and its 4mm-thick design is well-suited to use in matte boxes.
UPC: 886235189075
Filter Type Solid ND Combination
Combination Type IR Attenuation
Density 2.4 (8 Stops)
Shape Rectangle
Rectangular Size 4 x 4" / 101.6 x 101.6 mm
Filter Thickness 0.16" / 4 mm
Filter Material Glass
Coatings Multi-Coating
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.197 x 5.118 x 0.866"
4 x 4" Firecrest ND 2.4 Filter is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firecrest is the best! Been using this filter for a year and it's my go-to glass for photo and video work. I've used many brands of ND, most recently the Lee Big Stopper. They all suffer from the problem of a reddish hue in the image that persists even after meticulous color balancing. This is due to most filters not attenuating infrared and warm visible wavelengths as much as the rest of the spectrum. The Firecrest filters fix this problem completely. I don't know what they did, but it's very different than every other filter. It's especially apparent when shooting into the sun at sunset. Nothing but natural color that is just as easy to balance as having no filter at all. The filter does push tones about 600K toward the cool side, but again, it's just a simple linear correction with the white balance slider. I choose the 4mm thick versions since they're much harder to crack. Also, the ND material is sandwiched in the middle of two pieces of 2mm glass instead of being a coating on one side of a single 2mm plate. This protects the ND coating from scratches. The 8-stop density is just right for so many applications. I use it for dragging shutter in timelapse and landscape images, as well as allowing 180 shutter angle while shooting slog3 during daylight conditions on my Sony A7S II (gets you down to f/5.6 at ISO 1600). I was hesitant to try Formatt Hitech because they're previous filters were kinda bad. The Firecrest line is a whole new ballgame, though!
Date published: 2016-03-04
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