Firecrest ND is a revolutionary new type of ND filter from Formatt-Hitech. These filters use the new Firecrest ND coating technology to produce a super-dark 13 and 16 stop ND filters that are both very neutral and block infrared contamination. Firecrest is a rare earth metal coating used to create hyper neutral NDs. Firecrest Filters are neutral across all spectrums, including UV, visible, and infrared.
13 stops is popular when photographing near the sea where 2-3 minute exposures are ideal for transforming fast moving clouds and turbulent water into ethereal masterpieces.
16 stops is the most popular density for long exposure photographers, who typically make exposures of 5-8 minutes.
Intro to Neutral Density
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Neutral Density (ND) filters are the essential filters for digital photography and cinematography. ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera and allow the photographer to create the following effects:
- Ethereal waterfalls and streams
- Flat water effect in oceans and lakes
- Streaky clouds
- Motion blur in sports
- Long exposures to remove people from public areas
- Shallow depth of field using fast lenses wide-open
- Adjusting aperture for cinematography
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Firecrest ND is a quantum leap improvement over all previous generation ND and IRND products and represents the technological state of the art in scientific light modification. These glass filters are hyper-neutral across the visible light spectrum and also remove more IR contamination than any other filter - making them IRND filters.
Firecrest is a radical departure in how ND filters are manufactured. Previous generation NDs were made by dying resin. Firecrest is not a dying process, it is a rare earth metal coating process that is applied directly to the glass through an electrolytic process.
On rectangular filters, the Firecrest coating is sandwiched between the finest Schott Superwite optical glass, increasing scratch resistance and longevity. Firecrest reduces all spectrums of light (UV, visible, near infrared and infrared) almost perfectly evenly.
Firecrest 13 & 16
The Firecrest ND 13 & 16 filters were developed as a direct response to demands of the world’s top long-exposure photographers. These filters use the new Firecrest ND coating technology to produce a super-dark ND filter that is both very neutral and blocks infrared contamination. 16 stops is the most popular density for artists like Joel Tjintjelaar, who typically makes exposures of 5-8 minutes. 13 stops is popular when photographing near the sea where 2-3 minute exposures are ideal for transforming fast moving clouds and turbulent water into ethereal masterpieces.
Formatt-Hitech’s groundbreaking new Firecrest technology finally allows filters this dense to be produced successfully. Even at 16 stops, the Firecrest 16 is far more neutral than our competitor’s 10 stop offerings.
THE NEW FIRECREST HOLDER MKII ATTACHED TO A TOKINA 11-20 T2.9 AND BLACK MAGIC POCKET 6K. WHEN PAIRED WITH THE FIRECREST ULTRA RANGE OF FILTER ALLOWS YOU TO GET CINEMA-QUALITY ND AT A FRACTION OF THE WEIGHT
A bigger polariser giving you a wider view
With recent developments in optical design, it has become more common for lenses to have larger threads. To accommodate these advancements we have expanded our CPL (circular polarising filter) to 86mm. This means wider compatibility and better performance on a range of new wide-angle lenses. It also makes it compatible with a range of cinema lenses such as the Tokina 11-20MM T2.9.
The polariser can be fitted into either included rotating ring adapter, and becomes an integral part of the holder. The polariser is operated with an easy to use thumbscrew. This allows you to set your grads and then dial in the exact
polarising effect you want. Due to its free movement, this means you can leave the polarising filter (CPL) attached at all times and simply turn off the effect if not wanted. The construction of the filter also means you can use the CPL filter as an independent filter without the need of the holder.
More step rings, more flexibility.
For improved performance on an even wider range of lenses, the holder now ships with two rotating adapters as standard. These adapters allow the lens to sit closer to the filters helping with wide-angle photography. The kit
includes an 86mm - 86mm rotating adapter and a 86mm - 82mm adapter. For best performance on 77mm and smaller wide-angle lenses, it is recommended to use the included step rings from the 86-86mm rotating adapter.