Formatt Hitech 58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter (18-Stops)

Formatt Hitech 58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter (18-Stops)

Formatt Hitech 58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter (18-Stops)

B&H # FOFCE5458 MFR # FC58ECLP5.4
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Product Highlights

  • For Safe Solar Eclipse Photography
  • 5.4 Filter Factor, 18-Stop
  • No Color-Cast or Loss of Sharpness
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Built-In Infrared Cut
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Filter Only With Solar Eclipse Kit

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SAFETY FIRST: Observing the Sun without the proper protection may result in serious personal injury, including permanent eye damage and blindness, and/or damage to equipment. Never point an optic at the sun without an approved solar filter on the front of the optic. For direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder, ensure your filter is ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015) certified. Never use photographic neutral density filters for direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder.

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Formatt Hitech FC58ECLP5.4 overview

  • 1Description

The Formatt Hitech 58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter produces images with a neutral color tone and no color-cast or loss of sharpness. Its 18-stop exposure reduction, built-in infrared cut, and 5.4 density blocks radiation outside the visual spectrum that imaging sensors are able to detect, which can cause interference with capturing clear images, and creates a darkening of the entire image that makes it effective for solar and solar eclipse photography. With this filter, users can capture photographs with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than normally required. This is strictly a photographic filter and is not suitable for direct solar viewing with the naked eye.

Warning; under no circumstances should these filters be used to view a solar eclipse with the naked eye. These products are strictly for on-camera use. These filters do not offer the same level of optical protection as solar eclipse viewing glasses and using these to look directly at the sun before, during or after a solar eclipse could permanently damage your eyesight.

Formatt-Hitech will not be held liable for any costs, associated expenses or medical claims relating to damage to your eyesight as a result of improper use of these filters.

Due to the extremely long exposure times these filters make possible, the risk of light leaking in through the camera body and manifesting in your shot is high. We recommend that you take steps to mask the eyepieces/viewfinders and and ports to prevent this from happening. Many photographers use a low adhesive black tape for this purpose however it is your responsibility to ensure that anything you affix to your camera will not cause damage to the camera body or functionality. Another option is wrapping the camera in a thick black cloth although you should leave some areas of the body exposed to dissipate heat.

Even with the extreme density of these filters, we recommend you contact your camera manufacturer to assess the suitability of your camera for shooting directly into the sun. Formatt-Hitech will not be held liable for any damage caused by continued exposure of your camera sensor to direct sunlight with or without our filters in place.

UPC: 886235211998
In the Box
Formatt Hitech 58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter (18-Stops)
  • Filter Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Formatt Hitech FC58ECLP5.4 specs

    Type Neutral density
    Size 58mm
    Grade 5.4
    F-Stop Reduction 18
    Multi-Coated Yes
    Rotating Not specified by manufacturer
    Effect Not specified by manufacturer
    Application Solar and solar eclipse photography
    Color Temperature N/A
    Construction Filter: Optical glass
    Ring: Aluminum
    Front Filter Thread Size Not specified by manufacturer
    Front Lens Cap Size Not specified by manufacturer
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    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.2 x 3.2 x 0.9"

    Formatt Hitech FC58ECLP5.4 reviews

    58mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter (18-Stops) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as promised I haven't had a lot of time to play with this yet but I took a couple pics the day it arrived and was impressed. I used a 600mm lens and it even caught the sunspot just as it was going out of sight (bottom right corner). It should do well on August 21st.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice for amateur and pro alike. As an amateur astrophotographer just starting my foray in to solar photography, I am more than please with this product. The reviews were spot on and very helpful in me making my selection. I have a Canon EOS 80D and am using this filter on my Canon EFS 55-250mm lens. I have used it already and couldn't be more pleased with the results. The pictures are crisp (I even captured sunspots on my first try) and with the digital zoom capabilities of the 80D managed to catch a solar flare yesterday. The fit is tight and secure and the clarity is excellent. I highly recommend this filter.
    Date published: 2017-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I purchased this for the upcoming solar eclipse to get photos with my Canon T3i. Did a really quick test and was thrilled with the results. Using the LCD to preview, I was able to get a wonderful shot of the afternoon sun with no issues. Definitely recommend for solar photography.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked great for the solar eclipse! I ordered this filter back in June in anticipation of the August 21st, 2017 eclipse that passed through Idaho. It took some practice and some better understanding of DSLR photography was able to get some great photos of the eclipse. Great product and will continue to use it for general solar photography after the eclipse. Used it with a Nikon D7200, AF-S Nikor 70-300 1:4.5-5.6 DX lens, Promaster spectrum 7 2x teleconverter along with a 58mm UV lens. 100 ISO, F/11 Shutter speed 1/160
    Date published: 2017-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Filter I haven't tested this filter as of the writing of this review. However, I will be testing it soon. It appears to be well constructed, and I look forward to getting good eclipse pictures provided the sky is clear. I'll remove it only during totality. It's an essential filter for solar photography.
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! I used this filter for the 2017 solar eclipse and it worked great! The clarity and sharpness of my pictures was superb and I will definitely be using this filter again in 2024. I highly recommend this filter not only for eclipses but also for any kind of solar photography.
    Date published: 2017-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neutral Density solar filter I use this filter daily (weather in Ohio permitting). Simple to use with my Canon DSLR EOS 70D, does exactly what its suppose to. B & H is a great camera supplier!! My all time favorite people to order from. Yes, I will order from them again and again and again.
    Date published: 2017-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for solar observations including the eclipse. I use this filter daily (Ohio weather permitting) for solar observing. Attaches easily to my 70-300mm Canon lens. Best observing settings - 300mm, f11, 1/100s, ISO:200, sun spots visible with this filter. Eye safety is no problem with this filter used properly.
    Date published: 2017-08-17
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