Formatt Hitech 95mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

Formatt Hitech 95mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

Formatt Hitech 95mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter

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Product Highlights

  • 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 95mm 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: 886235191443
Filter Type Solid ND Combination
Combination Type IR Attenuation
Density 3.0 (10 Stops)
Shape Circle
Circular Size 95 mm
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 95 mm
Filter Thickness 0.22" / 5.5 mm
Filter Material Glass
Coatings Multi-Coating
Packaging Infoyezaqqfxbetwtqbcs
Package Weight 0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.8 x 5.8 x 0.9"
95mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1.
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
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