Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit

Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit

Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit

Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit

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  • Designed for HD Technology
  • High Quality Schott Glass
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The Formatt 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit contains several filters that will help you with both outdoor shooting and some portraits.

Neutral Density Filter
Neutral Density filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. They enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. ND filters appear gray and reduce the amount of light reaching the film.

Graduated Neutral Density Filter
Graduated Neutral Density filters enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. Exposure can be increased by 1, 2, 3 or 4 stops to suit individual situations. This filter has been specifically designed for today's High Definition cameras which tend to be ultra sharp and somewhat unforgiving when it comes to skin tones.

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.

Determining which neutral density filter yields ideal results for any given lighting situation takes knowledge, experience and a collection of such filters. Speaking generally, the 2-stop value (ND 0.6) effectively compensates average situations.

The Soft or Hard label indicates the degree of color graduation. Horizontal/Vertical indicates the direction of the graduation.

Circular Polarizer
Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun.

If you're out walking on a lovely day - in the mountains or at the beach - and you want to get a fabulous shot of a cloud-filled sky or make the water seem more saturated, then a polarizer is the way to go. This filter is the best way to make the clouds stand out, increase or decrease the saturation of the ocean or increase or decrease the reflection off the water. You can also use this filter when shooting into glass or windows since it will, again, either increase or decrease reflections.

If you're shooting black and white and want to simulate a threatening storm, try throwing on a #25 Red filter. The vista will take on the appearance of an imminent, ominous storm.

Along with a UV or Skylight Filter, a polarizing filter should be a part of everyone's gear bag. It can turn a run-of-the-mill image into a stunning, creative photo by increasing color saturation.

Full Frame Contrast
The Full Frame Contrast filter is a valuable tool to have when you are shooting under very bright light i.e. mid-day, beach, etc. With the explosion of HD technology, using this filter will help when shooting on location (or studio) when a more balanced tone to the image is desired.

This filter distributes the ambient light all over the image area yielding a more even appearance. Shadows will be opened revealing more detail. However, the real benefit is that the highlights will not display any flair or halation.

Skintone Enhancer
The Skintone Enhancing filter provides a way to bring more snap to a photo where the skin tones are overly bluish - perhaps from open shade or a gray sky. This slight warming filter brings skin color back to a normal level and can change a dull image into a good one. It can also be used in conjunction with Schneider softening filters to create great portraits.

Formatt, a company with three generations of professional filter-making experience produces every filter to the highest technical standards. The finest materials, together with state of-the-art production technology have resulted in a standard of optical excellence unmatched anywhere else.

Absorbing Cell Technology

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 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 discernable differences in color or density.
Each filter is guaranteed flatness to a maximum 2-wave value and comes with an individual reading from a laser interferometer; Every filter is carefully verified with a densitometer and spectrophotometer to ensure consistent and accurate transmission, before leaving the factory - the result is an absolute purity of image that eliminates any unwanted colorcast caused by conventional greenish soda-lime glass.
All Formatt filters are finished with a unique edge frame offering maximum protection against chipping, surface scratches and enables easy handling and cleaning
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 to 1/2)
ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops, reduces ISO to 1/4)
ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops, reduces ISO to 1/8)
ND1.2 (exposure adjustment = 4 stops, reduces ISO to 1/16)


This filter eliminates ultraviolet rays from outdoor shots as well as polarizing the light to remove reflections, and increase color saturation, without affecting the overall color balance
Can dramatically enhance a blue sky and make the clouds more prominent
Used best at right angle to the sun
Effective with cameras that use beam splitters in the path of the TTL light meter and with AF cameras

Full Frame Contrast

Reduces contrast by evening out the ambient light in the frame
Excellent when shooting under very bright light
Using this filter will allow more detail to be revealed - opens shadows

Skintone Enhancer

Removes excess blue on overcast days or in open shade
Adds a slight warming tone
In the Box
Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Deluxe Starter Filter Kit
  • One-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Type Deluxe Filter Kit
    Size 4 x 4" (100 x 100mm, 3mm thick)
    Grade Neutral Density: 0.6 (2-stops)
    Circular Polarizer: Not Applicable
    Graduated Neutral Density: 0.6 (2-stops)
    Full Frame Contrast: 1
    Skintone Enhancer: 1
    Filter Factor Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Multi-Coated No
    Rotating Only the Polarizer and the Graduated Neutral Density filter
    Effect Neutral Density: Allows using fast film on bright days
    Graduated Neutral Density: Balanced light intensity from one part of a scene to another
    Full Frame Contrast: Opens Shadows, Reduces contrast, Prevents flare
    Skintone Enhancer: Adds warmth
    Circular Polarizer: Removes reflections and increases color saturation without affecting the overall color balance
    Application Outdoor, portraits
    Color Temperature Neutral Density: Not Applicable
    Graduated Neutral Density: Not Applicable
    Skintone Enhancer: Warmer than a skylight filter
    Full Frame Contrast: Not Applicable
    Circular Polarizer: Not Applicable
    Construction Schott Glass
    Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
    Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.8 x 5.7 x 1.9"

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