I have been using Formatt Hitech filters for five years now and you will probably know I was so vocal about how much I loved their products that I was asked to be a brand ambassador for their products. Last year (2019) I was made a Featured Artist for their products also. It has been a complete honour for me to be partnered with such an amazing and passionate company for nearly three years now.
As a Brand Ambassador and for transparency I should add that Formatt Hitech pays me a small commission for any filters sold 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 just wasn't happy with the products. Over the years I had purchased 5 other filter systems and I just wasn't happy with any of them.
The advantage of all this is you get to buy the Pro 100mm kit for only £299.29 delivered to your door from Formatt Hitech's website with Discount code HAYES10. The discount code gets you 10% off the Ultra kit also or in fact any Formatt Hitech products.
So why do I love these products so much? Well watch the video below on the Firecrest 100mm Filter holder and see why I believe it is the best 100mm filter holder available.
Why buy this kit?
Well, it's a good starter kit it comes with the amazing Firecrest filter holder and two great filters.
So let's have a look at what you get.
1.-Firecrest 100mm filter holder.
1.- Firecrest ND1.2 (4 stops) Great for shorter long exposure photographs.
1.-Firecrest ND Soft Edge Grad 0.9 (3 stop) Graduated filter a great graduated filter to help balance most images.
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
Now priced at £326.99 +£5.- shipping totalling £331.99 it's good value for money but if you enter discount code HAYES10 at checkout you get 10% off so it's just £299.29 delivered to your door.
At £299.29 for a filter holder, 2 filters, adaptor rings, a CPL and a filter wallet it's fantastic value for money.
Going back to the products themselves.
As you can see from the video above the holder is fantastic, you get a polarising filter, 3 adaptor rings and the extra light shields.
The 3 stop Graduated filter is great for balancing out those sunset shots and darkening down the sky while leaving the foreground correctly exposed.
The second filter, the 1.2ND Pro filter is good to slow down your shutter speed if you want to do shorter long exposures.
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 4 & 10 stop filters together at the same time making it a 14 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 Colby Brown signature edition landscape kit here
What other filters would I buy?
If I were buying another add-on filter it would be the six stop or 1.8 ND Pro filter and a 10 stop or 3.0 ND Pro filter.
Is it the best filter kit for you? Well for me the best starter kit is the Elia Locardi Signature Artist Kit click here for my review of it and what you get in the kit.
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
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5.0 Star rating
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