Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter

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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 77mm 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.
UPC: 886235191818
Filter Type Solid ND Combination
Combination Type IR Attenuation
Density 4.8 (16 Stops)
Shape Circle
Circular Size 77 mm
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 77 mm
Filter Thickness 0.22" / 5.5 mm
Filter Material Glass
Coatings Multi-Coating
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.1 x 4.1 x 1.5"
77mm Firecrest ND 4.8 Filter is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very poor construction The photographs taken with this filter looked like they were taken at night under a full moon... Mid day exposures taken with the filter range from about 2-5 minutes which is a plus. The construction with the aluminum ring almost made it impossible to remove from my lee adapter ring. It got jammed first use and to remove it, I had to thread it onto my lens, where it got jammed. It went back and forth between the two sets of threads for 20-30 minutes before I was able to finesse it off. For something that cost $ the materials it is made with shouldn't be so cheap, the aluminum ring rendered the filter useless and extremely frustrating. Go with the B+W 10 stop ND or shoot under a full moon. Returned for a refund and do not recommend.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works Well But Non-Uniform Color Cast This screw-on filter is easy to use compared with square filters. It does reduce light by 16 stops. Unfortunately, it produces a modest greenish cast when used with my Nikon D7100. It's mostly correctable using white balance tint in raw, or auto-white balance for jpg. It would not be much of an issue if it were uniform across the frame. Unfortuately, it is stronger in the middle. So if you correct for the center of the frame, the sides become magenta. This should be fixable in Photoshop using a masked adjustment layer, but will take some work. Since the effect should be constant, it should be possible to create a reference adjustment layer, and just copy it into each image made with the filter. But I haven't tried this. Judging from reviews I've read, this is a good performance for ND filters of this strength. In the attached photos, an eyepiece cover was used, and the camera covered by a black cloth to avoid any light leaks. The Lightroom white balance eyedropper was used to set neutral WB in the center of the frame in both cases. The WB tint was +13 magenta without the filter, and +60 with it.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good filter. I was using the Lee filter system, and on a recent trip has some light leak issues, when I used the big and little stopper together. That's why I bought this, but I also like being able to use the lens hood while shooting long exposure. The Lee system is easier to take off and put on the filters, but its disapointing to find light leak due to the filters. This filter takes longer to take off and put on, but the light leak is eliminated, and I can use the lens hood. The Lee filter has more parts to deal with, while this is only one. The colors through this filter are very good, and doesn't really require a lot of white balancing in post. Overall, I'm very pleased with this filter.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just because you can doesn't mean you should This is more about my experience with working with the Firecrest 16stop ND filter than a review of the product because I have no real complaints about the filter. However I did notice there was a slight colorcast, which is easily corrected in Lightroom. I have used many different types filters with various levels density but none compare to the 16stop Firecrest Filter. Like others have stated, there is learning curve with using this filter. Also if you plan on using this filter in warm weather (78 degrees) be ready to deal with thermal noise, using a full frame helps especially when using exposures over 5 minutes. Also those super long exposures opens you up to other external factors such rouge gust of winds. There is nothing more frustrating than getting to the final seconds of a long exposure and the wind shakes the lens before the shutter closes. Having a rock solid tripod simple cannot compete with nature sometimes. The good thing is that there are various solutions to contend with the shortfall of this filter. For me the Firecrest is okay and works well enough for personal use. The 16stop truly makes people disappear from you photos but do you really need 16stops. I find myself more often than not adjusting the ISO in order to shorten the exposure or using a 10stop filter because taking a 30min to 1hour photo is not my cup of tea. I mainly take my landscape pictures early morning or late afternoon towards sunset and with 16stops of filtration you might get 1 photo. My recommendation is to go with a 13stop but if must have 16stops then this is your filter. What I have found is that 10stop is sometimes not enough and 16stops is too much.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firecrest IRNDlives up to the Hype Use with confidence in full sun and obtain great looking images with no colour shift. SO far I have exposed up to 9 minutes and plan to go just a little bit further. No issues at all, the filter does what it should, is easy to screw onto the lens and doesn't allow light leaks. Great piece of kit. I have ordered the 3,6 and 10 stop kit now from the same manufacturer, as 16 stops is, for obvious reasons, too dark to use in marginal light conditions.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing but not disaterous I had high hopes for this filter but ended up disappointed. In my first test shot, it introduced extreme blue shift. Not sure whether to blame the filter or the camera (Nikon D800e) but I've never had this problem with my 10 stop B+W ND filter. On the other hand, the color shift is correctible to a certain extent in Camera RAW, and since I mainly shoot B&W, the shot was still usable. As for other comments on the filter, my thoughts are (1) the construction seemed okay to me, particularly given the thinness of the filter, and (2) yes I was disappointed that the filter only came wrapped in tissue instead of in a case, but which serious photographer doesn't have a few extra filter cases laying around after putting skylight/uv filters on to protect their lenses.
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I have done a very thorough test of this filter over a period of 2 months since it was first launched. I have tested in in every situation possible and cannot find fault with it. I'm a landscape photographer of over 30 years experience. I run landscape workshops and I buy filters on a very regular basis to loan out to students. I have vast experience of filters, batches, pros and cons. In almost every case, when a photographer blames the filter it is not the filter but poor technique. When HiTech released the IRND Firecrest, I was an early adopter. I tested this in landscape, seascape, bright day, dull days etc. It performs consideraby better than any ND filter I have ever used and there is virtually no colour cast whatsoever. I have published countless images and provided these for download. The comments of the other reviewer I believe to be either made up or the photographer is extremely inexperienced. In particular, his comment that his lens could not focus at infinity is just plain nonsense. Why would this or any filter actually stop a lens from focusing at infinity? Unless of course he is trying to use autofocus, in which case this is an absurd thing to do with a 16 stop filter. I cannot comment about the warped glass but given the other comments, I am suspicious. The green cast I suspect is also the fault of the photographer, not the filter. It is extremely common for photographers to leave the eyepiece uncovered and get casts. I see this every single time I conduct a workshop. This is a filter that is vastly superior to any comparable product.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like this filter I just started using this -16 stop filter and find it is very good with color balance. Although I mostly do black and white, it is important to start with a color corrected image before converting to B&W. I have used many other ND filters and I find this one puts me in the time range I like for long exposures (4 to 8 minutes) without the need to stop my lens all the way down. Plus I don't need to stack filter anymore. I suggest if you do any long exposures you will need to test your camera for light leaks before doing any serious work. The only turn off is that for the price of this filter it doesn't come with a protective case. I think that is the first time I have ever bought a filter, cheap or expensive, that didn't come with a protective storage case. I gave it a 4 star rating because of that.
Date published: 2014-09-21
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