Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65" Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit

Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65" Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit

Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65" Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit

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Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65" Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit

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  • 1Description

Formatt Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit - Neutral density filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. ND filters appear grey and reduce the amount of light reaching the film. They have no effect on color balance.

This kit has been specially formulated as a result of extensive research into new applications for molecular A.C.T. dyes. The filters give more of a neutral grey without the specular effects from the particulate coatings of the current neutral density and neutral density graduated filters, which allows the user more precise control.

Formatt's Neutral Density Filters are a response to the many DPs and cinematographers who find that it is important to shoot as wide open as possible to minimize depth of field, especially with HD; In response to the professional demand for an optically correct and pristine neutral density filter for HD, Formatt designed its HD Neutral Density Filters, which are the ultimate solution to enhance color contrast and are ideal for normal light reduction.

Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter
This filter enables the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. Neutral density filters are available in 1, 2, 3, or 4 stops to suit individual situations.

Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed. This filter enables cloud detail to be kept correctly exposed in the picture.

Determining which graduated neutral density filter yields ideal results for any given lighting situation takes knowledge, experience and a collection of such filters. Choose the filter strength which adjusts the lighting to stay within the exposure latitude (greatest difference between bright/dark values) which still shows details in both of the digital or film medium in use.

Speaking generally, the 2-stop value (ND 0.6 - the filter's clear portion allows 4x more light to pass vs. darkest portion) effectively compensates average bright sky-to-foreground situations, and the soft transition is applicable more often to a scene than the hard transition.

The Soft or Hard label indicates the degree of color graduation.

Note: This kit does not come with a storage pouch

All Formatt filters are finished with a unique edge frame offering maximum protection against chipping, surface scratches and enables easy handling and cleaning
The secret to Formatt's consistency in filter design lies in its unique "Absorbing Cell Technology" (A.C.T.); This unique process allows color correct dyes to be applied to optically pure, wafer thin absorbing cells and offers a controllability that ensures the smoothest grad lines and consistent color across the whole filter surface.
This A.C.T. process is revolutionary compared with conventional filter dying techniques by eliminating the need to directly coat the glass surface itself; The repeatable performance gained through A.C.T. ensures that at any time you have to swap like filters for like filters mid shoot you can do so with confidence with no discernible differences in color or density.
With the filter description on top of the frame it also makes identification of the filter much easier especially when filters are stored in cases on location

Neutral Density filters have four main uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars
To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background
To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situations
To allow cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure

Neutral Density factors

ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop, reduces ISO 1/2)
ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops, reduces ISO 1/4)
ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops, reduces ISO 1/8)
In the Box
Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65" Quick Start 5 HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density Soft Edge Filter Kit
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  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Type HD/DV Graduated Neutral Density filters
    Size 4 x 5.65" (100 x 140mm x 4mm thick)
    Grade 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
    Filter Factor 0.3 = 1-stop
    0.6 = 2-stops
    0.9 = 3-stops
    Multi-Coated Yes
    Rotating Not Applicable
    Effect Reduce the amount of light reaching the film
    Application To use high speed films in bright sun
    Color Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Construction Schott-Desag B270 Crown Optical Glass Filter
    Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
    Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 8.5 x 6.7"

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