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Formatt Hitech 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit

BH #FOFC100HK • MFR #FC100HOLK
Formatt Hitech
Formatt Hitech 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit
Key Features
  • Holds Filters 100mm-Wide, 2mm-Thick
  • Light-Blocking Cover
  • Additional Light-Blocking Gasket
  • Slots for 2 Rectangular Filters
The Formatt Hitech 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit is designed to allow for the convenient use of up to two, separately-available 100mm-wide, 2mm-thick filters along with an included circular polarizer. This kit comes fully assembled and features a holder which has its sides encased within a cover that helps to eliminate stray light, which could have unwanted effects on exposure, from coming in between any installed filters, as well as the filter holder and the lens behind it.
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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Overview

The Formatt Hitech 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit is designed to allow for the convenient use of up to two, separately-available 100mm-wide, 2mm-thick filters along with an included circular polarizer. This kit comes fully assembled and features a holder which has its sides encased within a cover that helps to eliminate stray light, which could have unwanted effects on exposure, from coming in between any installed filters, as well as the filter holder and the lens behind it.

The included aluminum-alloy filter holder is pre-installed with two pairs of plastic filter slots, a configuration that accommodates two rectangular filters. These slots are attached to the filter holder by a total of four screws, which also serve to apply pressure on any filters placed between the slots. Those screws can be loosened or tightened using the included Allen wrench to vary the level of grip upon the inserted filters, 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.

The filter holder cover is constructed from a matte black, scratch-resistant plastic that can be pulled in half to allow access to the filter holder. Compatible 100 x 100mm filters can fit entirely within the cover when they are installed on the holder. To permit the use of rectangular graduated filters that are 100mm-wide, but may be longer than 100mm, the ends of each half of the filter holder cover features two caps that can be substituted for two included slotted caps. Those slotted caps allow rectangular graduated filters to be used with minimal stray light even as they extend beyond the dimensions of the cover while it is assembled.

A built-in gasket placed along the front of the filter holder further ensures that stray light does not come between an installed rectangular filter and a connected lens, regardless of which filter holder cover end caps are in place. Use of the filter holder can be easily accomplished by first screwing the included 82mm filter holder adapter ring onto a lens with 82mm front filter threads. Step-up rings are included to allow the adapter ring to be used with lenses that have 67mm, 72mm, or 77mm front filter threads; while additional step-up rings are separately available for lenses with 46mm, 52mm, 58mm, or 62mm front filter threads. After being fitted onto the adapter ring, the filter holder's pull-and-release locking lever helps to provide a reliable, yet adjustable connection that allows the holder to be rotated 360°, further benefiting the use of graduated neutral density and other filters that are enhanced by varied positioning.

The 82mm adapter ring also accommodates the included Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest UltraSlim Circular Polarizer Filter for 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit. When combined with the adapter ring and installed onto a lens with 82mm front filter threads or adapted to lenses with other front filter thread diameters, the polarizer filter can be rotated to adjust its effect. The combination of the circular polarizer and the adapter ring, plus an optional step-up ring, can also be used with the filter holder with or without its cover installed. In such instances, an external dial on the filter holder allows for the independent rotation of the circular polarizer.

Alternatively, separately-available filter holder adapter rings accommodate the circular polarizer as well. They provide the ability to mount the filter holder onto a lens with 72mm or 77mm front filter threads without the need for the 82mm adapter ring and an additional step-up ring. When the filter holder is used on a wide-angle lens with 72mm or 77mm front filter threads, those adapter rings can help prevent vignetting.

  • Durable aluminum-alloy filter holder with matte black, scratch-resistant plastic cover that can be pulled in half to allow access to the filter holder
  • Cover helps to eliminate stray light from coming in between any installed filters, as well as the filter holder and the lens behind it
  • Filter holder provides two pairs of filter slots, a configuration that accommodates up to two 2mm-thick rectangular filters
  • Compatible 100 x 100mm filters can fit entirely within the cover when they are installed on the holder
  • Ends of each half of the filter holder cover features two caps that can be substituted for two included slotted caps to permit the use of rectangular graduated filters that are 100mm-wide, but may be longer than 100mm
  • Use of the filter holder can be easily accomplished by first screwing included 82mm filter holder adapter ring onto a lens with 82mm front filter threads
  • Included step-up rings allow adapter ring to be used with lenses that have 67mm, 72mm, or 77mm front filter threads
  • Additional step-up rings are separately available for lenses with 46mm, 52mm, 58mm, or 62mm front filter threads
  • Pull-and-release locking lever on filter holder allows for adjustment of filter holder's grip for 360° rotation on adapter ring
  • Ability to vary grip on installed rectangular filters to 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
  • Adapter ring accommodates included Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest UltraSlim Circular Polarizer Filter for 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit and allows it to rotate for adjustment of its effect
  • Polarizer filter and adapter ring can be used on a lens with 82mm front filter threads, or adapted to lenses with other front filter thread diameters using included or separately-available step-up rings
  • Circular polarizer and the adapter ring, plus an included or separately-available step-up ring, can also be used with the filter holder with or without its cover installed
  • External dial on filter holder allows for the rotation of the polarizer filter when it is used with the adapter and filter holder
  • Alternatively, separately-available filter holder adapter rings also accommodate the circular polarizer and provide the ability to mount the filter holder onto a lens with 72mm or 77mm front filter threads without the need for the 82mm adapter ring and an additional step-up ring; helping to prevent vignetting when the filter holder is used on wide-angle lenses with 72mm or 77mm front filter threads
  • Nylon pouch with touch-tab closure features six compartments for organization, storage, and transport
UPC: 886235211707

Formatt Hitech Firecrest Specs

MaterialFilter Holder: Aluminum-alloy
Filter Holder Slots: Plastic
Filter Holder Cover: Plastic
Filter Holder Cover End Caps: Plastic
Filter Holder Adapter Ring: Aluminum-alloy
Step-Up Rings: Aluminum-alloy
Circular Polarizer Filter: Schott Superwhite glass with aluminum-alloy filter ring
Padded Pouch: Nylon
CompatibilityFilter Holder: Accepts up to two 100mm-wide rectangular filters up to 2mm-thick
Filter Holder and Filter Holder Adapter Ring: Accepts up to two 100mm-wide rectangular filters up to 2mm-thick and included Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest UltraSlim Circular Polarizer Filter for 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder Kit
Filter Holder Adapter Ring: Connects filter holder to lenses with 82mm front filter threads
Step-Up Rings: Connects filter holder adapter ring to lenses with 67, 72, or 77mm front filter threads
RotatingYes, 360°
Dimensions4.9 x 4.5 x 0.7" (12.5 x 11.5 x 1.8 cm)
Weight6.4 oz (0.2 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.98 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.75 x 6.25 x 2.2"

Formatt Hitech Firecrest Reviews

Well Build

By JATIN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-10

I have been using Formatt Hitech holder and filter works well for me. At the beginning, I was having a little troubleshooting, mounting filter holder on the lens but now I got used to. So far I am enjoying it.

Good Idea, Poor Exucution

By Rebecca
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-09

After only three uses the slide button that holds the holder to the ring fell off, not to be found. It's a great idea, too bad Formatt Hitech dropped the ball and made the holder out of cheap plastic instead of metal.

Better than the original

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-07

I have the original, the one that has all the bolts that stick out everywhere and is a pain to deal with. This one is better. It's enclosed, no fastners stick out. But, it takes more work to use it. You have to take off at least one of the outside covers, unless you use the open slot cover, figure out how to hold the cover while dropping in your filter, put the cover back in place and unless you attached the holder to the lens first, now attach the holder to the lens. I suppose the addition steps make up for the lack of sharp protruding bolts, thus the 3 stars. At least it's easier to drop in a camera bag without worrying about scratching something.

ND Filters for Long Exposures

By Jay
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-14

I've been using circular ND filters for a couple of years. When I switched from a camera with a crop sensor to a full sensor, I found that vignetting became unacceptable when stacking filters. So, will a square filter system come to my rescue? I haven't had a chance to use the Formatt Hitech Firecrest filter system yet. I did a quick test just to see if it produced vignetting. The testing was on a Canon 6D Mark II with a Canon 16-35mm f/4L lens and a Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I found that the filter holder and polarizer did cause pronounced vignetting at 16mm on the Canon lens. It greatly improved at 20mm. By 24mm, I wasn't noticing any vignetting. On the Tamron lens, I found pronounced vignetting at 24mm. Vignetting was still noticeable at 35mm. By 50mm, it was still visible at the far corners. From this test, it looks like the Formatt Hitech Firecrest system will provide better results than the circular filters when stacking a ND filter and polarizer. I also found that the holder turns rather easily. There's no way to lock it into position. Not a problem when using ND filters. However, someone using graduated ND filters will have to be careful not to accidentally rotate the holder while shooting. This is also true for the positioning of the polarizer filter that is attached to the adapter ring. Overall, I'm quite happy with the system. I look forward to putting it to real use for capturing the beauty� of waterfalls.

Not what I was hoping for

By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-08

Does not seem to be well made. Tiny screw heads to adjust tension and will strip out easily. Gasket leaves smudges in the middle of the filter putting it in and taking it out.

Pricey But Worth the Investment

By Jack
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-16

The holder holds the filter really well with no light leakage. There are no instructions that come with it so you have to go to their (Formatt Hitech) website to watch the very well-made video. Once you watch it it's very easy to remember. Hence the 4 stars - no packaged instructions.

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By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-17

Decent, not the greatest, but works. Enjoyed the first series after using a gasket for the light leaked. Some more time with this set-up should yield a better experience.

You can't use this thing with two filters.

By William
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-16

I bought this holder kit together with two firecrest 100mm filters in April 2019. When I received it, after watching their video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=B51x23DgQ58) I tried sliding in one of the 100mm filters into the holder, but I found it was extremely tight and although I managed to get it in, afterwards I had red marks on my fingers from the pressure I had to apply to the filter to get it to slide into the holder. If you're in the field and you're not careful with how you apply the force, the whole system could easily go flying. Now, as mentioned in their video, they do provide a hex key so that you can loosen the screws to make it easier to insert a filter into the holder. Indeed, this is what I had to do, but naturally when you loosen a screw, the screw head rises up (and is no longer flush with the holder), and so after you loosen the screws, it became impossible to attach the end caps without severely damaging them - after a couple attempts the plastic became visibly distressed (the white mark in the first photo), and looking into the inside of the end caps, you can see long scrapes where the head of the screws have dug into the plastic of the end caps. As a result I've had to use the holder kit without the end caps, but that means you're exposed to light leaks, especially if you're using 2 filters. In practice, thankfully the circular gasket under the first filter is sufficient to prevent light leaks when only using 1 filter. However, even if you try to tough it out and don't loosen the screws for the first filter, adding a second filter is effectively impossible without loosening the screws, and hence with two filters you're really forced to not use the end caps, but when I tried this I got light leaks all over the place. It's conceivable that perhaps with thinner filters, this would not be a problem, but keep in mind that this is advertised as a firecrest 100mm holder kit, and it cannot fit two of their own firecrest 100mm filters without leaving out the end caps and letting in light leaks. I purchased this together with two 100mm firecrest filters (4-stop and 10-stop), expecting that my $500 should buy me a premium filter setup, so I think I'm justifiably annoyed that this filter holder doesn't even fit their own filters.

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Has anyone managed to capture any images when using with a Lee Super Stopper and a ND Grad filter at the same time without having the image ruined by light leaks? It works fine with the Super Stopper on its own, fully enclosed, but with an ND grad also, it ruins the image!
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