In this review I will talk about the brand-new Firecrest 16 Stops ND Filter (IRND 4.8) by Formatt-Hitech, the most neutral filter in the world. The new Firecrest 16 offers 16 ND stops in one filter, this is what 16 stands for. This neutral density filter is not only the most neutral in the world, but, in its circular version, it is also the slimmest stackable ND filter in the world, only 5.5mm thin.
More recently Formatt Hitech has also launched a 10-stop and a 13-stop Firecrest ND filter, whose characteristics are similar to the 16-stop one we review now, so you can consider this review covering the 10-stop and 13-stop filers too.
You can find more things about the Firecrest filters and many other subjects related to black and white fine art photography (composition in black and white photography, vision, black and white processing tutorials), in the book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography, by me and Joel Tjintjelaar, where we both talk about these filters extensively together with reviewing the most important other filters on the market and generally the equipment you need for creating long exposure and black and white fine art architectural photography, and even going beyond architectural photography. We were the first who talked publicly about the Firecrest filters (in the book) even before they were Continue reading