Formatt Hitech Firecrest filter holder vignetting on a wide angle lens.
How I cured this slight issue when shooting on a wide angle Nikon 16-35MM F4 lens. This also applies to a few more lenses.
This Firecrest filter holder is designed for use with wide angle lenses from 16mm and upwards on a full frame body. Please note it can also work down to 10mm on some other body types, the Fuji mirrorless system springs to mind.
So if your reading this you either have or are concerned about vignetting on the new Firecrest 100mm filter holder system.
I use the Nikkor 16-35mm F4 Vr lens a lot for landscape and seascape photography and I had a slight issue at 16mm most of the time with the included adaptor ring.
Then I found out there was a way around this slight issue. The kit comes supplied with an 82mm to 82mm adaptor ring (this is what houses the polarising filter and attaches to the filter holder) to use this on this lens I had to use an 82mm to 77mm thread adaptor ring.
The below photo shows the standard rotating ring adaptor. Sorry it's slightly blurred, bit of a rush job. The product photographer inside me is curled up in the corner crying at these images. I will put up proper images shortly.
As you can see this unit has been used a lot and already carries a few battle scars and also dust particles from not being used for the last 3 months.
This test was done in a controlled studio environment with several studio lights and diffusers to create a pure white background that was evenly lit to accurately portray the results.
So below I have posted several images of my progress with this awesome filter holder.
Please note my lens was set at its closest possible focusing point which is the worst case scenario for vignetting on my lens with this filter holder fitted. Normally it wouldn't be as bad as this in the real world.
Below is with just the polarising filter and no filter housing, No lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. Vignetting visible.
With just the polarising filter and no filter housing, with the lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. Vignetting corrected now.
With the polarising filter and the filter housing fitted, No lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. A lot of vignetting now.
With the polarising filter and the filter housing fitted, with the lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. Noticeably reduced but still vignetting.
With the polarising filter and the filter housing fitted but now with the new 77mm to 82mm rotating adaptor ring, no lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. Slight vignetting.
With the polarising filter and the filter housing fitted but now with the new 77mm to 82mm rotating adaptor ring, lens profile correction enabled in Lightroom. The vignetting is gone, there is a very small bit left but please keep in mind this is set at a very close focal distance of approx 0.28m which normally would never be used.
The below images show the difference between the two rotating rings.
On the left is the new adaptor ring and on the right is the standard ring with the 82mm to 77mm adaptor thread fitted.
You can clearly see how low a profile the new 77-82mm rotating adaptor ring has from these shots.
I have been using the 77mm rotating ring adaptor for several months and it has completely cured the issue for me.
If you're interested I have a blog post up on my journey through filter holders and I did a group test of them Cokin versus Lee versus Nisi versus Firecrest filters in a group test.
There is a review of the New Firecrest Ultra filters here.
Also remember there is 10% off all Formatt Hitech and Firecrest Ultra products with discount code HAYES10 via their website at checkout.
You can buy the new adaptor ring here on the Formatt Hitech Website
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I have a group test review where the Firecrest filter holder destroys the competition click Here.
I have a review on the Firecrest Ultra filters here.
I also have a review of the amazing 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder.