This is my first thoughts review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape light pollution filter which is available in 85mm and 100mm.
It's like magic, pop it on and the pollution is gone.
I will be posting updates as my experiences with the filter progress.
The shots posted here have been provided by Formatt Hitech, I have used the filter twice now just in test conditions to make sure it really does work well. I will be posting my own photographs taken with the filter shortly once I get out in the right conditions.
So first things first Formatt Hitech supplied me with this filter so I could review it they have also provided me with a discount code for 10% off of their products with code HAYES10 via their website and for the sake of transparency I should also say I get a slight kickback from sales made.
Ok, so what does this filter do for you?
The simple answer is it removes light pollution normally an orange coloured light in photographs. No, it doesn't just remove the colour Orange but rather the frequency of sodium street lighting. There are probably tons of technical reviews and better explanations of how this filter actually works but I find the images below are more than enough proof for me.
Does it work?
Hell yes, see the photographs below to see how well it does its job. Forget the composition and and just look at the complete elimination of light pollution. Yes some may say that the left image is warmer but the sky is not normally warm at night and this gives you a very false photograph. The after image gives you a accurate portrayal of our skies.
Should you buy it?
Well if you are a night photography fan, so either an Astro or cityscape photographer then yes it should be already be in your bag, so why are you still reading this? Click here for the Formatt Hitech night filter and buy it today and get 10% off with code HAYES10 too as my little gift to you.
This filter fits beautifully in the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm filter holder which I have reviewed here.
A few points to note though. This filter is a coated filter so you need to be careful not to scratch the coating (same as most filters). All the rest of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest range of filters are bonded filters and the nd coating is sandwiched between two plates of bonded optical glass so scratching them is a lot more difficult.
Would this filter go in my bag?
The simple answer is yes, is it in my top 5 favourite filters? Well no it's not but then again I am not a Nightscape shooter, if I were this would always be in my bag.
Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape filter review
9th January 2020
Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape Filter
My first thoughts of the Formatt Hitech Nightscape filter and if it is worth it or does it even work?
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