Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

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Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

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  • 10-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 3.0 Filter is a solid neutral density filter providing a 10-stop reduction in exposure. This 3.0 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 3.0 filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required.
Providing a 10-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: 886235191146
Filter Type Solid ND Combination
Combination Type IR Attenuation
Density 3.0 (10 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) 4.5 x 4.4 x 0.8"
77mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best new thing for LE photography I got this after getting the 16 stop Firecrest. I'm using it with a 7D and a Tokina 11-16 most of the time. It has great neutral colors. I've had three other filters in the 8-10 stop range and this is easily the best. It is noticeably lighter and thinner than any standard filter, but it seems to be well made. I don't have any problems gripping it and threading it without smearing it. I haven't cleaned it much yet, but the few fingerprints I did clean come off easily with a microfiber cloth. I've used a thin Cokin holder with it for Grad ND's and I get just a very slight vignette at the widest end of my 11-16mm - zooming in just a hair - not even to 12mm - and it goes away. I'm happy with the colors I get with this. I think they are more neutral and easier to deal with in post than the over blueish or IR problems I've had with other filters.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing After using ND1.8 and 3.0 filters from Heliopan (resulting in red cast) I was searching for more neutral ND filters and found them in the LEE offerings, i.e. Little and Big Stoppers. Those work really well but gave me some trouble when using them in adverse weather conditions. Too many parts to handle when working during snow or rain falls. So I was looking for round screw-in filter types. After reading a couple of raving reviews of Formatt Firecrest ND filters I decided to give them a chance. They come packed in paper wrap and stored in soft pouches. This is why I ordered additional Sensei jewel cases to store them in a safer package. Mechanically those filters are very well made and their flatness allows to stack two pieces on wide angle lenses like my HCD28 and Otus 28 while using the original lens hoods. Unfortunately my expectations regarding neutral rendering have been totally disappointed. This ND3.0 filter generates a strong yellow-green cast when the camera is set/fixed to daylight white balancing. The captured raw files can be compensated in post processing, but that's honestly not what I did expect after reading that many positive reviews. While testing this filter I did a comparison with ND3.0 filters made by Heliopan, LEE and Fotodiox. The result can be seen in the attached picture which shows the Heliopan in the top left, Fotodiox in the top right, the Firecrest in the bottom left and the LEE in the bottom right. The most neutral result is achieved by the Fotodiox filter. After shooting the comparison first at around 4 seconds I repeated the test with smaller apertures at 60 seconds exposure times. No changes observed regarding the resulting casts. The camera used was a Nikon D5 on a 105mm f1.4 lens. No degradation of sharpness observed on of the tested filters.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for blocking IR color cast One of the common problems from using strong Neutral Density filters is a magenta color cast. Modern digital cameras have filtering on the sensor that blocks UV and IR light from conventional photos (about 14.5-15 stops of filtering). If you use a ND filter of 10 stops or more and the filter does not block IR light as well as visible light, you may get some portion of IR light on your image. The IR light is simply underexposed. There are some newer ND filters available that block IR spectrum as well as visible light. I was testing one a Formatt HiTech Firecrest 3.0 ND filter which blocks 10 stops of light. I tested on a Nikon D600 that has been converted to Infrared spectrum only. My conversion - by Lifepixel - is at a 650nm wavelength so it allows a little bit of red light as well. The normal UV and IR filtering on the camera has been removed and replaced with a filter that blocks visible light below 650nm. If IR light is not blocked by the ND filter, the image would be badly overexposed. A conventional image without a filter was 1/100 sec at f/9. With the filter, my exposure was 15 seconds at f/9 - nearly 10 stops slower. As a result, the cars on the road were not visible. This test confirmed the HiTech Firecrest Filter effectively blocks all IR and UV light. This confirms that the Firecrest filter will not produce a color cast from IR spectrum on a conventional camera. That's a nice step forward. In earlier testing I found that circular polarizers, Variable ND filters such as the SR Vari-N-Duo, and Singh Ray graduated ND filters and found they block very little if any IR light, so there is no color cast from those filters.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for fast change of filters I was considering getting more of these for all my lenses, but once you put them on the lenses, the lens caps don't fit anymore. I ended up getting the smallest set. In an initial test, I found that when I zoom down to 24mm, there is some vignetting. I like the idea of being able to take off and put on different filters easily between shots.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not dark enough The filter works well enough to create a 3 or 4 second exposure at 50 ISO, but I had hoped for more. I'm using it in bright coastal conditions, so I really need a filter with a higher opacity. There is a warming color cast, but it is very easily fixed if you are shooting RAW.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Filter I picked this filter up to add some interest to fireworks shots. It's well-made, crystal clear and adds no unusual color to the image. A great product.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No color cast I love this filter, i finally got a circular filter without any color cast. please keep in mind that i only tried it on Fuji cameras.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great for long exposure photography.
Date published: 2017-01-27
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