Formatt Hitech Neutral Density Master Kit 4 (6 Filters)

Formatt Hitech Neutral Density Master Kit 4 (6 Filters)

Formatt Hitech Neutral Density Master Kit 4 (6 Filters)


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  • 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 Solid ND Filters
  • 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 Graduated ND Filters
  • Soft Edge
  • Solids Are Dense Top to Bottom
  • Grads Are Clear but Denser at Top
  • Used to Create Special Effects/Blurs
  • Permits Use of Wider Apertures
  • Helps Control Depth of Field
  • No Effect on Color
  • Made from CR39 Resin
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Formatt Hitech HT100NDMKIT overview

  • 1Description

The 100mm (4") Master Neutral Density Filter Kit 4 from Hitech contains six filters; three Solid Neutral Density Filters (0.3, 0.6, 0.9) and three Graduated Neutral Density Filters (0.3, 0.6, 0.9). With this kit, the outdoor photographer can create some wonderful images and is also prepared to shoot under a wide variety of lighting conditions. Inasmuch as the Master Kit is complete with both solid and grads, there will be no need to buy additional ND filters. The basic advantage is that it enables the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. An ND filter appears gray and reduces the amount of light reaching either the sensor of a digital camera or the film plane of a traditional film camera.

A Solid Neutral Density filter is used to create some unusual special effects such as capturing the "blur" of the rippling water of a waterfall or the swirling effect of city traffic. Since it allows the use of slower shutter speeds in bright light, it becomes possible to create these special effects that would normally not be possible to capture without the filter. And, since it can also help to control your depth of field, it permits you to shoot at wider apertures. Ultimately, its value is in helping to prevent bright, overly washed out images shot in bright light. Soft/Hard designation indicates the degree of transition of the filter.

A Graduated Neutral Density filter is used 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. Hitech Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density. They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly.

Soft edge grads have a smooth transition from clear to ND. Hard edge grads have a more defined hard lined transition and should be used for longer lenses.

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed ISOs, 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
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 discernible 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
Hitech filters are manufactured to exacting standards and can be counted on to be consistent filter to filter which means you can change filters mid shot or from day-to-day and still maintain the same exposure
Hitech filters are made by 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
UPC: 886235151829
In the Box
Formatt Hitech Neutral Density Master Kit 4 (6 Filters)
  • 0.3 Solid Neutral Density Filter
  • 0.6 Solid Neutral Density Filter
  • 0.9 Solid Neutral Density Filter
  • 0.3 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • 0.6 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • 0.9 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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    • 1Description

    Formatt Hitech HT100NDMKIT specs

    Type Neutral Density Master Kit 4
    Size Solid Neutral Density Filters: 100 x 100mm (4 x 4")
    Graduated Neutral Density Filters: 100 x 125mm (4 x 5")
    1.5mm thick
    Grade 0.3 = 1 stop
    0.6 = 2 stops
    0.9 = 3 stops
    Filter Factor 0.3 = Reduces ISO by 1/2
    0.6 = Reduces ISO by 14
    0.9 = Reduces ISO by 1/8
    Multi-Coated Not Applicable
    Rotating Not Applicable
    Effect Solid NDs: To use high speed ISOs in bright light
    Create special effects such as "blurs" when photographing water

    Graduated NDs: Balance light intensity between sky and foreground
    Prevent washed out skies while capturing detail in a dark foreground

    Application Nature, travel, outdoor photography
    Color Temperature Not Applicable
    Construction CR39 resin
    Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
    Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 4.7 x 0.9"

    Formatt Hitech HT100NDMKIT reviews

    Neutral Density Master Kit 4 (6 Filters) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HiTech Fliters and Holders--Useful Tools I've been researching neutral density filters for a while. I recently saw an article in a photography magazine about HiTech filters. After some research, I purchased the HiTech Neutral Density Master Kit 4; the 4x4 Filter Holder (MK4) (two slots) for Wide Angle Lenses; Adapter Ring for 4x4 Filter Holder - 77mm - for Wide Angle Lenses; and the 100mm 6 Pocket Filter Wallet. After three days of shooting landscapes, I am very pleased with the products. The filter holder is solidly made and securely holds the filters. The adapter ring is also well-made. The filters have no color cast or optical distortion. The only frustration I experienced occurred when inserting the filters into the holder. If not inserted straight, the filters will jam in the holder. Simply straightening the filter solves the issue. Overall, I am very pleased with the HiTech filters and holder. These products are a valuable asset in my creative arsenal.
    Date published: 2012-07-06
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