The Firecrest MKII holder builds upon the success of our original Firecrest holder and further cement Formatt Hitech’s position as an innovator in our field.
For the MKII, we went back to the drawing board and worked closely with an extensive team of industry-leading photographers to build upon the successes of the MKI, whilst taking into account the feedback from our users in order to refine and improve upon every aspect of our holder.
A bigger polariser giving you a wider view
With recent developments in optical design, it has become more common for lenses to have larger threads. To accommodate these advancements we have expanded our CPL (circular polarising filter) to 86mm. This means wider compatibility and better performance on a range of new wide-angle lenses. It also makes it compatible with a range of cinema lenses such as the Tokina 11-20MM T2.9.
The polariser can be fitted into either included rotating ring adapter and becomes an integral part of the holder. The polariser is operated with an easy to use thumbscrew. This allows you to set your grads and then dial in the exact polarising effect you want. Due to its free movement, this means you can leave the polarising filter (CPL) attached at all times and simply turn off the effect if not wanted. The construction of the filter also means you can use the CPL filter as an independent filter without the need for the holder.
More step rings more flexibility.
For improved performance on an even wider range of lenses, the holder now ships with two rotating adapters as standard. These adapters allow the lens to sit closer to the filters helping with wide-angle photography. The kit includes an 86mm - 86mm rotating adapter and a 86mm - 82mm adapter. For best performance on 77mm and smaller wide-angle lenses, it is recommended to use the included step rings from the 86-86mm rotating adapter.
The holder frame
We have made many subtle changes to improve the ergonomics of the holder, making it easy to hold and use even when wearing gloves in cold weather.
The frame itself is made from aircraft-grade aluminium and includes scratch-resistant ABS slots and an integrated light leak gasket. The addition of a gasket on the frame removes the need to add gaskets
The holder now comes with two sets of covers, one vented for use with grad filters and a completely closed one for improved performance on long and extremely long exposure photography. The light guards add an extra level of utility for photographers who work in changeable environments. The holder also functions like any other holder without the guards when light leaks or reflection is of lower importance.
In the spirit of flexibility, all holders ship with extra slots that can be used as spares or with the included longer screws to make it a three-slot holder, making room for an incredible four filters with the included 86mm rear mount circular polariser attached.
Firecrest Landscape Kit by Colby Brown
This Filter kit contains three essential filters, hand-selected by world-renowned photographer Colby Brown, and should be considered a “must have” filter kit for any serious landscape, travel, or outdoor photographer.
This kit includes the following items:
Firecrest 100mm ND 1.8
Firecrest 100x150mm ND Soft Edge Grad 0.6
Firecrest 100x150mm ND Reverse Grad 0.6
(NEW) Firecrest 100mm MKII Filter Kit
100mm Filter Holder
Soft Touch Outer Case
86-86mm Rotating Adaptor Ring
86-82mm Rotating Adaptor RIng
72-86mm Step Ring
77-86mm Step Ring
Firecrest 86mm Ultraslim polariser
Exclusive Colby Brown booklet