Neutral Density (or ND) filters produce a grey neutral effect and are used to reduce light entering the camera, enabling control over exposure and depth of field without affecting color or contrast. ND's are made in different densities according to the level of light reduction from 1 stop to 4 stops of light and are made from the highest quality 1.5mm optical resin.
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
Standard ND filters are an excellent everyday ND filter for the developing amateur photographer. These filters are only available between one and four stops of light reduction. Because they are only available in lower densities, standard ND filters don’t suffer from significant color cast and offer an excellent value for money.
Formatt-Hitech's premium resin filter is the ProStop IRND. The standard ND is only available up to 4 stops of light reduction, while the ProStop IRND is available between 1-10 stops.
Also available are the Firecrest ND. These are glass ND filters that use a technologically advanced multicoating to create the most neutral ND filters available.
Formatt-Hitech’s resin filters are ultra flat, have excellent contrast and are completely transparent to the visible light spectrum. Formatt-Hitech’s resin has the highest scratch resistance of any non-glass optical material and it’s resistant to most solvents, chemicals, aging and material fatigue. Because of the ruggedness, light weight and portability, resin filters are a great choice for photographers and HDSLR filmmakers. Resin filters are dyed using our exclusive Absorbing Cell Technology process.
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.
Standard ND Filter Specs
Standard ND resin filters fit the full range of Formatt-Hitech Holders
1 - 4 Stops
85x85mm | 100x100mm