Square filters for mirrorless

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Speedliner, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
  2. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    I have 2 sets of Hitech filters...pretty decent and nice size and no color cast.
  3. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    I've used both Lee and Singh-Ray grads and ND filters with my Cokin P-series holders. Minimal color cast. But lately I've switched to circular ND filters and using the grad filter tool along with HDR techniques in LR rather than the grads. While it's nice to get it right while shooting, the ability to precisely control the gradation in post won me over. Also, carrying my three little 58mm round filters (CP, 6-stop and 10-stop ND) is much easier than the whole kit with several 84mm x 120mm "square" filters, holders, adaptor rings, etc.
  4. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Like Bassman I tend to do my gradient filter effects in post. Having found that the filters rarely match the transitions required.
    I'm really unimpressed with the results shown in the link, where there is a large band of bright sky in all of them severely detracting from the image, yet the darker parts of the sky have little or no interest. These result show exactly why I gave up on ND grads!

    Whilst some mirrorless lenses are smaller than DSLR ones, I generally don't see a need for a different set of filters. Especially as the filter size of my kit lenses for both DSLR & µ4/3 is actually the same (52mm) so switching to smaller format filters wouldn't make any sence.

    He doesn't mention the advantages of EVFs where little visible light gets through the filter (I can see to frame images through IR filters thanks to the EVF) other than that there's really no difference in how filters work for mirrorless than DSLRs and otherr cameras.
  5. walter_j

    walter_j Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Hagwilget, B.C., Canada
    I have hitec filters and am not that impressed. The images don't seem very sharp to me. I also tried a circular ND 3 B&W filter that I like. The image comes out nice and sharp.
  6. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    I have just got myself the Hitech 67 mm square filter kit consisting of 52 and 46 mm adapter rings, 0.6 soft grad, 0.9 reverse grad and 1.2 hard grad along with a fire crest 2.7 ND filter. I just replaced the old non Fircrest 2.7 ND with a firecrest one coz the old one had a pretty strong color cast. Not much of a cast on the grads though. In Germany prices are cheaper that GB and that's the reason I got them over the Lee system. Pretty happy with them so far but I think my Haida system for my FF has better IQ except for the Firecrests.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2015
  7. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    An update for my Hitech 67mm square filters. I see quite a bit of magenta color cast on the 1.2 Grad filter. I did some long exposures using my B+W 10 stop and Haida 6 stop circular filters plus the square 1.2 grad. I had to remove the some magenta cast to make the image work. I think I will be replacing them with firecrest grads soon.
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