Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter

Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter

B&H # FOFCGNDP.677 MFR # FC77GND.6G
Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter

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  • 2 Stop Graduated ND Filter
  • Reduce Exposure in Selective Areas
  • Soft-Edge Graduation
  • Neutral Results Across All Spectrums
  • 15-Layer Coating on Outside of Filter
  • Hydrophobic and Scratch-Resistant
  • Rotating and Stackable 7.5mm-Thick Ring
  • Schott Superwite Glass
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Helping to selectively reduce exposure in certain areas, while allowing for a normal, unaffected exposure in other regions, the Formatt-Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter is ideally suited to controlling bright skies without underexposing the foreground. The filter is densest at the edge and tapers to clear by the middle, with a soft-edged line of transition between the density and clear areas. The filter is mounted within a rotating frame, and allows for greater control over the orientation of the density to match certain subject types. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and the 0.6 density provides a 2 stop reduction in light from entering the lens.

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 7.5mm-thick SuperSlim aluminum filter ring, which features front threads for stacking additional filters or attaching a lens cap.

Graduated ND 0.6 filter for darkening skies and other bright areas of the image.
Provides a 2 stop reduction in light in selective areas.
Soft-edge transition is ideal for circumstances there is not a distinct line of separation between the bright and dark zones of the image.
Rotating mount enables control over the orientation of the density for matching to specific subject shapes and compositions.
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 7.5mm-thick SuperSlim aluminum filter ring.
UPC: 886235191160
Filter Type Graduated ND Combination
Combination Type IR Attenuation
Graduation Type Soft Edge
Density 0.6 (2 Stops)
Shape Circle
Circular Size 77 mm
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 77 mm
Filter Thickness 0.30" / 7.5 mm
Filter Material Glass
Ring Material Aluminum
Coatings Not Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.4 x 0.8"
77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'd like to love it, but..... Since I'm the first one to review this filter, here are my initial observations 5 minutes after saying good bye to the UPS driver, opening the package, putting the filter on and taking a few shots with it.Upon initial inspection Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Graduated ND 0.6 Filter appears to be very impressive, sporting a slick sizable glossy packaging that denotes that filter is (thankfully) Made in the U.K. and not in China. The filter itself is made to look very presentable and is nicely packaged inside a white matte plastic box, stylishly 'resting' on a white spongy contour-fitting white foam. For further assurance of a quality product, the outside of the box has a seal of Quality Control with a batch # and corresponding tester's initials.Filter appears to be indeed quite thin and very well and sturdily made, with a good no-slip grip.The glass is very nice and clean and no other artifacts were observed. Now, unlike some other ND filters, this one has no outside markings to let you know if the horizon line is indeed dead-on horizontal instead, you have to rely on the visual cue by looking at the filter once it's screwed-on -- no big deal. To do some initial (6pm) testing with the sunset not too far away, I took a few shots out of my window of the contrasty tree tops against bright sky. Judging only from my camera's rear screen, the initial results were very impressive and filter indeed, without extra coloration (its main selling point), artistically and gradually darkened the bright sky. Now, for my very first major disappointment(s): Despite reading somewhere that this filter has extra thread, expressly made for additional filters and to allow putting a lens cap, it DIDN'T allow me to attach my snap-on Canon-made cap for my original 24-70 f/2.8L lens no matter how I've tried!!! No way, no how. The cap just unevenly grabbed a few inner threads, that are closer to the outside rim -- and that is all !In no way it was a secure fit and my one light touch is all it took to knock the cap off. (Nevertheless, mounting additional filter on top of this Graduated ND 0.6 was no problem). Next, out of curiosity, I wanted to mount my original (white balance) ExpoDisk, that has NO thread at all and instead has a spring-like action, (attaching once I'd push it onto my permanently mounted UV filter -- by design snapping onto the lens with a click). Sadly, with this ND filter it ALSO didn't happen. At all! Apparently, the filter's inner diameter is apparently too small for the ExpoDisk to get in. For a moment I thought that maybe buying some other off-brand lens cap for a possible correct fit would remedy the problem. Then I wondered: the perspective of being unable to cap securely the lens with the filter attached isn't very appealing, to say the least, and I honestly don't know what I should do. I really would like to love this filter and was hoping for the best outcome with its very different light-blocking technology, but what I've observed in the first few minutes, even without using it outside, didn't really sit well with me. I do a lot of scenic/landscape photography and just can't see myself impeding my habitual workflow I'm so used to by constantly screwing and unscrewing this filter each and EVERY time I want to cover the lens or to simply put the camera in my bag. Can't believe that smart English engineers would deliberately missed such a major design flaw!So, that's where it stands for now.... I may later append this review after putting this filter through some more tests, but at this point I'm quite confused and saddened with a dilemma: should I keep it or send it back. In all honesty, its PQ has to blow my mind to not to send it back in. So, these are the reasons I took off 2 stars.On the other hand, these are my initial observations -- your experience with it might be totally different.
Date published: 2017-05-01
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