This WonderPana 145 Core Unit Kit from FotodioX includes a WonderPana 145 Core Unit designed to specifically fit the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens, as well as a separately-available WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket. Those items can be combined to allow for the convenient use of two 2.5 to 4.0mm-thick filters measuring 6.6" wide, or one 2.5 to 4.0mm-thick filter measuring 6.6" wide, along with one FotodioX 145mm round filter behind it. A compatible 145mm circular polarizer filter and a 145mm inner-pinch lens cap for 145mm FotodioX round filters are also provided.
The included WonderPana 145 Core Unit consists of a compression front filter ring. Use of a WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket is easily accomplished by separately attaching its two assembly pieces to opposite sides of this WonderPana Core Unit using that holder bracket's six included brass short-screws. Pre-tapped threaded inserts along the edge of this Core Unit accommodate those screws and ensure that the two assembly pieces are positioned parallel to each other and can hold a 6.6"-wide filter between them. A combined WonderPana Core Unit and WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket can then be attached to a Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens by tightening the Core Unit's locking mechanism.
After being fitted onto a Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens, the eight pre-tapped threaded inserts all around the edge of the WonderPana 145 Core Unit allow a WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket to be installed in 45° increments so that rectangular filters placed within it can be angled to the best approximate position relative to the subject in front of the camera. This helps to benefit the use of graduated neutral density and other filters that are enhanced by varied positioning.
A FotodioX WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket provides two pairs of filter slots, a configuration that accommodates two compatible rectangular filters. For each rectangular filter that is placed within one of the holder bracket's slots, its position can be secured using the brass long-screws that are also included with the holder bracket. Pre-tapped threaded inserts along the outside of the holder bracket allow the long-screws to each apply pressure to a spring-loaded retainer within each filter slot. When a pair of the long-screws are used, the level of grip upon a rectangular filter can be varied, which can complement the use of graduated filters whose effect can be adjusted to better suit changing lighting conditions or creative demands by sliding them up or down within a filter slot.
This FotodioX WonderPana 145 Core Unit features an aluminum-alloy construction and includes front filter threads, which allow a FotodioX 145mm round filter to be used along with a WonderPana 6.6" Holder Bracket. If a 145mm round filter is used on the attached WonderPana 145 Core Unit, the rectangular filter slot closest to the rear of the holder bracket becomes unavailable.
The FotodioX 145mm Circular Polarizer Filter is compatible with the FotodioX WonderPana 145, FreeArc, and Absolute filter holder systems. It helps to reduce reflections as well as glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.
A circular polarizer only differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.
The FotodioX 145mm Circular Polarizer Filter is constructed from optical glass for clarity as well as color fidelity and features lightweight, aluminum-alloy filter rings. A rear filter ring connects to a compatible filter holder while four brass knobs along the side of the front filter ring allow the filter glass to be easily rotated. This provides the ability to achieve the desired degree of polarization even if another filter is placed in front of the FotodioX 145mm Circular Polarizer Filter.
The FotodioX 145mm Center-Pinch Snap-On Lens Cap for Select WonderPana Systems and Filters is a 145mm front lens cap with a squeeze, spring, and snap-on mechanism. It is easy to install as well as remove, and can attach to a WonderPana 145, FreeArc, or Absolute filter holder system in order to protect the front element of a lens that any one of those systems are mounted on. Additionally, this lens cap can be used to protect a non-slim FotodioX WonderPana 145 filter that is mounted on a FotodioX WonderPana 145, FreeArc, or Absolute filter holder system and has no other filters placed in front of it.
Lens caps protect your lens or filter from scratches, fingerprints, and the elements when the lens or filter is not in use.