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Formatt Hitech 4x4 inch 16 Stops Firecrest IRND Neutral Density 4.8 Filter
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- Firecrest IRND reduces light by 16 stops
- Neutral across all spectrums, including UV, visible, and infrared
- 2mm thick Schott Superwite glass
- Firecrest IRND coating is anti-reflective, extremely flare resistant, hydrophobic and scratch-resistant
- Fits the Formatt-Hitech 100mm holder
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Size: 100x100mm (4"x4") | Style: 4.8 (16 Stops)
This Firecrest IRND filter reduces the light by 16 stops. This 100x100mm filter is 2mm thick and fits the Formatt-Hitech 100mm aluminum holder. It is also hydrophobic and scratch-resistant. Firecrest IRND filters for photography are made from Schott Superwite glass and feature the Firecrest IRND 15 layer multicoating on the outside of the filter.
4x5.65" Firecrest IRND Neutral Density 4.8 (16 Stops)
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Top Customer Reviews
I found it didn't make a light tight seal at the top and bottom - it had about a 3mm gap between the gasket and the holder.
But worse you could see the gasket when using my 10-22mm lens (crop sensor) and i am using the Lee wide angle adapter ring
I managed to very slowly peel the gasket off the filter without leaving any residue.
While peeling it off i found the gasket although square is stretchy in one direction but not the other, i stuck it back on stretching it so that it is tight against the top and bottom but left a gap at the edges so it slides in the holder - no light leakage this time and no vignetting!
I am not sure if its because i am using the Lee holder that it didn't seal to start with?
The filter itself is very neutral, i went for a 8 stop version because together with a polariser it is approximately 10 stops.
I was surprised to find that in anything other than very low light levels live view on my camera (Canon 550D) will show the image just fine and focus and meter correctly, even though the viewfinder is completely black!
One last thing, the box that the filter comes in is huge, it took up far too much room in my bag so bought a Lee tin for it.
I plan on buying more of these, perhaps a 3 or 4 stop and the 13.
1. Place the Firecrest on a sheet of white paper and draw around the outside with a pencil, so you have an outline.
2. Remove the Firecrest and place the foam gasket (sticky side up) in the centre of the outline.
3. Holding the Firecrest in the centre on opposite sides (not the corners, otherwise you can't see properly for this step!), slowly lower it down, lining it up with the outline on the paper until it sits on the gasket.
4. Turn the Firecrest over, so the gasket is facing upwards and ensure it's firmly stuck down all around. Job done!
It is a very tight fit in my Lee filter holder - much tighter than my Formatt Prostop IRND - I'm hoping it eases up once used a few times. Now to get outside and try it out :)
The dreadful blue cast from the Lee Little and Big Stopper filters (6 stop and 10 stop) is just horrible, and for a single filter at £100 one wonders how Lee justify the price given this inherent (admitted by them on their website) issue with their filters. The Firecrest under review, is the same price but has none of the blue cast, in fact I cant detect and cast at all. It is a FAR better product than the Lee.
It looks pretty much the same, similar thickness and as with the Lee, made of glass, not plastic or resin. It fits in the Lee filter holder should you already, like me, have one.
I also like that the Firecrest is available in a large number of different ND grads so one can pick the amount of grad one actually wants rather than what Lee bother to make, and also gives the option of doubling, or trebling to make more pronounced filtering options.
However, there are two downsides compared to the Lee equivalent. The first is the aweful box it is housed in for protection, its far bigger than needed and is fiddly to open. I read that many purchasers of the Firecrest filters buy a Lee tin for it, at a crazy £10 for a cheap 10p metal tin, but then I maybe forced down that direction as the supplied box doesnt fit any of my filter bags or pouches.
Secondly the gasket isnt fitted, you have to do that yourself which seems ridiculous. There are many horror stories of failed attempts, and even following the touted best method I still managed to get mine crooked.
In one foul swoop the Firecrest has made the Lee ND's a relic. Despite how much I like this Firecrest, I am forced to knock a star off its rating due to the box, gasket, and it still needs to be mentioned, £100 for a bit of glass is far too high.
So you have to ask yourself, am I bothered about the blue cast with the Lee? How many stops of light do I want?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great filter, minimal colour cast only let down by poor self fitting gasketPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
great quality as would be expected from this company.
Used with the new firecrest 100mm filter holder there is no need to worry about fitting the supplied gasket. Read more
Item that arrived was NOT a Firecrest filter but a scratched poor quality alternative. Amazon have been awful lately but this was the icing on the cake. Shabby !Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received this to add to my collection of Formatt-Hitech filter products, and again I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N Hastie Photo
I bought the firecrest ND filters in 6, 10, and 16 stop. the 6 and the 16 stop filters are ok until 150-180mm lens, the 10 stop is ok until 50-60mm lens, after is unusable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by luciano mortula
Fitting the gasket is very fiddly. I made a neat job of it, but because I hadn't stretched it to the edges quite enough, a small part of it showed when behind the lens. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JL