I have been a fan of Formatt Hitech filters for many years now and some of you will probably know as a result of my very vocal praise of their products I was made a Featured Artist and Brand Ambassador for their products.
As a Brand Ambassador and Featured Artist and for transparency I should add that Formatt Hitech gives me a slight commission for filters purchased with my discount code. I should also add I was using their filters already and purchased them with my own hard-earned money before I was asked to be an Ambassador. I was also asked by two other companies but refused politely as I didn't believe in their products.
The great news is an Ambassador I can offer you an additional 10% off Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10, simply enter it at checkout on the Formatt Hitech website. So instead of paying £380.99 you pay just £343.39 for the 100mm Firecrest Pro kit delivered directly to your door.
See my review below of the Firecrest 100mm Filter holder and why I believe it's the best filter holder yet.
Why buy this kit?
Well, that's simple, it comes with everything you need to get started in long exposure photography at a great price.
Just look at what you get.
I should also say this kit is available as a screw-in filter kit also.
You can buy it in 72mm 77mm and 82mm filter threads, this review also applies to those kits as the filters are exactly the same quality.
100mm filter kit contents
1.-Firecrest 100mm filter holder.
1.- Firecrest ND0.9 (3 stop) Great in low light conditions for (short) long exposure photographs. Very overcast dark days or just before sunrise or just after sunset. Shooting a river in a forest, the 3 stop reduction should be enough to give you some nice water movement in your shot.
1.-Firecrest ND1.8 (6 stops) Ideal for around sunset or sunrise for (short) long exposure photographs. 1 to 5 seconds normally.
1.-Firecrest ND 3.0 (10 stop), this filter is great for near 30 second exposures (depending on lighting conditions) around sunrise or sunset. It's also great for short long exposures mid-day during bright summer days.
1.-Circular polarising filter.
3.- Adaptor rings incl.. 67mm, 72mm and 77mm adaptor threads and the holder has an 82mm thread built-in.
1.- Filter holder wallet
As I said earlier priced at £375.99 +£5.- shipping totalling to £380.99 it's good value for money but if you enter discount code HAYES10 at checkout you get 10% off so it's just £343.39 delivered to your door.
At £343.39 for a filter holder, 3 filters, adaptor rings and a filter wallet it truly is fantastic value for money.
Going back to the products themselves.
The Firecrest filter holder.
Is a beautiful bit of kit, with the extra light shield adaptors you can actually stack ND filters. Yes, you can use the 3 & 10 stop filters together at the same time making it a 13 stop filter.
Again the extra light shields help protect your filters from sea spray and light rain, for a real in-depth review of the Firecrest filter holder click here where I go into a lot more detail.
Firecrest Pro filters
The Firecrest Pro series of filters are colour neutral, incredibly hard-wearing and the sharpest filters I have ever used (just like the Ultra's).
So what's the hard-wearing part about?
A filter is a filter, right?
Well, that's wrong... The way the Firecrest filters are made they actually sandwich the ND coating in between two slivers of glass. Yes, the filters are made of two thin sheets of glass and not one.
This has two advantages.
Firstly the ND coating can't be scratched as it's protected by glass on both sides and secondly due to the construction of the bonded glass it makes the filters more resilient to damage than a standard filter.
Again I have an in-depth review of the Firecrest Pro filters here
The same applies for the Ultra kit but there is a difference between the pro's and Ultra's Click here for my in-depth review of the Ultra filters.
I also have a review of the other signature artist kits simply click on the text below to read them...
I also have a review on the Nightscape light pollution filter
What other filters would I buy?
If I were buying another add-on filter it would be a 4 stop or 1.2ND graduated Pro filter to help balance out the sky and foreground.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review and enjoy those filters, you won't regret it.
See you out there,
Kieran Hayes Photography
My review of the Joel Tjintjelaar signature edition 100mm Formatt Hitech filter kit #1 in the Pro and Ultra versions
Kieran Hayes Photography
5.0 Star rating
16th of February 2020