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Firecrest Multicoating Filter Technology

Firecrest Multicoating Filter Technology

Formatt Hitech remains the only company who can produce genuinely bonded filters. This Firecrest multicoating technology, developed within our laboratories in the UK, protects the filter coating between two further layers of Schott B270i superwite glass. Giving unrivaled scratch protection to the rare earth coatings and protecting the image from light leaks and IR pollution which can occur through a scratched surface coating. For Firecrest Pro filters, we hand apply a special black anti-reflection coating to the edge. This coating helps to protect the filter but also control reflections and light leaks. We have taken this one stage further with Firecrest Ultra....
How to choose a Filter Holder System

How to choose a Filter Holder System

A filter holder system allows you to purchase just one set of filters that will fit all of your lenses. Additionally you can stack multiple filters for total control on your image. Firecrest 100mm Filter Holder Revolutionary new top and bottom covers to almost completely eliminate light leakage when shooting long exposure, with interchangeable end caps for use with 100x100 filters or 100x125/150mm graduated filters. Built in low-profile gasket. Adaptors / step rings come with the system as standard for all sizes from 67-82mm, and step rings for smaller lenses can be purchased separately (for lens threads 46mm, 52, 58...
Learn about UV Filters

Learn about UV Filters

UV haze. It's a problem that photographers face everyday. Haze reduces the overall contrast of an image and is almost always the first environmental phenomena to ruin your chances of turning that landscape photograph into fine-art. Haze is caused by ultraviolet contamination on your digital sensor or film, and causes the image to appear faded blue, gray or milky. UV Filter Basics UV haze. It's a problem that photographers face everyday. Haze reduces the overall contrast of an image and is almost always the first environmental phenomena to ruin your chances of turning that landscape photograph into fine-art. Haze is...
Learn about Polarizer filters

Learn about Polarizer filters

The effect that polarisers have on photography is almost magical. Bright glaring reflections on water magically disappear. Foliage becomes deep and rich. Haze evaporates from the sky leaving clouds silhouetted against dramatic blue skies. Formatt-Hitech’s polarisers are of the finest available. The circular polarization pattern means that they work seamlessly with any digital sensor Polarizer Filter BasicsA polarizer filter allows light from certain angles to pass through the filter while simultaneously rejecting light from other angles. The resulting effect that polarizers have on photography is almost magical. Bright glaring reflections on water magically disappear. Foliage becomes deep and rich. Haze...
Learn About Graduated Neutral Density Filters

Learn About Graduated Neutral Density Filters

Graduated NDs, or more simply ‘grads’, have the ND effect only on the top half of the filter, so that the bright sky can be balanced with the terrain below. This correction cannot be made in post processing. Typically graduated filters are used to enhance the sky or terrain, or balance the luminosity of the sky to the luminosity of the terrain. Graduated filters (or more simply "grads") have the effect on half of the filter. The most common use for a graduated filter is to reduce the luminosity of a bright sky balancing it to the terrain below. The...
Learn About Neutral Density Filters

Learn About Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density (or ND) filters reduce the amount of light that passes through the lens. This gives the photographer more control over the shutter speed and aperture to produce effects like the smoothing of water, to shallow depth of field or to show the movement of clouds. ND Filter Basics Formatt Hitech Neutral Density filters are colorless filters that remove light evenly across all spectrums. Neutral density filters are used to lengthen exposure time, or allow the shooter to use a larger aperture. Common uses are: Creating shallow depth of field during daytime Making water appear misty and ethereal Removing people...