Enter the Firecrest ND Filters

Enter the Firecrest ND Filters

By |2014-12-20T13:50:48+00:00Dec 20th, 2014|

When I received a notification on my phone that UPS had just delivered a box from Formatt Hitech at my front door, you could imagine my confusion. First, I wondered why our UPS couriers have such an aversion to ringing our doorbell. That thought was quickly set aside because anytime a box from Formatt Hitech is delivered, it’s a good thing. So, given that we’re in the midst of two big gift-giving holidays, I decided to tear through this box like a savage. Lo’ and behold, I now have Firecrest.

Melodrama aside, I am one of those photographers who actually believes that gear is important. Rather, the right gear is important. I have a way I like to create photographs and this process is facilitated by several things: my camera (Sony), my lens (Sony), my tripod (Really Right Stuff), and my filters (Formatt Hitech). I invest in the hardware by these manufacturers because they meet my needs better than any other. I rely on them so heavily and care about  their success so much that I actually partner closely with each of them and am not ashamed of that at all. Their success means that they can keep making better products, which, in theory, may improve my process of capturing photos better or faster or lighter or easier.

But back to the filters. I use my filters religiously. They are so critical to my type of imagery and for a long time now, I’ve only used filters made by Formatt Hitech because they produced far cleaner images than my former Lee filters did (in terms of color cast). Very recently, Formatt Hitech announced their latest line of filters called Firecrest. These 2mm thick, optically beautiful glass filters will help me create photos that are devoid of color cast across a variety of spectrums. While I love my previous line of Formatt Hitech Pro IRND filters, I am very excited to have this Firecrest line in time for my upcoming trips to Death Valley, the Big Island of Hawaii, Las Vegas, Iceland and Norway. Rest assured that I’ll be sharing images and thoughts on these filters in due time.

Pictured here from front to back are the Firecrest: 77mm CPL screw on filter, 3-Stop ND, 6-Stop ND, 10-Stop ND, 3-stop Soft Grad ND, 13-Stop ND, 16(!)-Stop ND, and 105mm CPL screw on filter.

Thank you to everyone at Formatt Hitech for being such a wonderful partner!


  1. Chris Nitz December 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I hear the Firecrest is the bombdiggity!

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  3. Chris Stern December 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I am sure you will do some testing of the filter tomorrow.

  4. Joel Cleare December 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I’m using an older B+W Kaesemann CPL. How are these different ? I’m looking to replace mine.

  5. Paulie Grugan December 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Congrats, that’s a nice gift. I got the 16 banger and it’s incredible. Soo dark and almost no cast. Incredible

  6. Kenny VP December 22, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Scott Valentine December 22, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Damn it, Brian – just when I thought I’d already budgeted for January…

  8. Scott davenport December 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Brian… I’ve been waffling between the 85mm and 100mm holder system from Formatt Hitech. 85mm will suit my needs today (my largest lens is 77mm) and in the next couple of years I expect to move to a mirrorless system (eyeing Sony). I have little experience with mirrorless and the lens lineups… will an 85mm rig translate well to mirrorless? Any thoughts you have are much appreciated.

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