Formatt-Hitech Filters

Kenko Tokina acquired Formatt-Hitech in October of 2015, also the producer of Firecrest Filters. Kenko Tokina, is the largest manufacturer of photographic filters on the planet They announced they acquired the entire share capital of Formatt Hitech Limited (Formatt-Hitech), the planet’s leading ND filter maker for photo and cinema. Formatt-Hitech is operating as a completely independent subsidiary corporation and continues to produce filters worldwide. The acquisition of Formatt-Hitech is a move to expand Kenko Tokina’s filter business into cinema operations. Formatt-Hitech's ND Firecrest filter line use an advanced rare earth metal coating process to create the most neutral ND filters. The Firecrest line has developed into the de facto ND filter standard for fine art, landscape, and long exposure photography. The acquisition helps retain Kenko Tokina at the forefront of ND filter science √

Formatt-Hitech Filters: The Best Match for Your Lenses Formatt-Hitech’s state-of-the-art optical resin lets you maximize your lenses’ capabilities. The best lenses money can buy can’t undo the problems created by a bad filter. That’s why the Formatt-Hitech filter system is now part of the Visual Departures group of innovative products. Made of pure optical resin, Formatt-Hitech filters are manufactured to more exacting standards than any other photographic filter. Compare filter types, and you’ll take comfort that Formatt-Hitech’s filters are a teriffic match for your fine lenses. And they’re part of a complete system, including a full array of color correction, graduated,black-and-white, neutral density, and special effects filters, not to mention the best-made filter holder I’ve ever seen.

Formatt-Hitech graduated resin filters are 4 x 5" (100 x 125mm) x 1.5mm thick. The 5" length provides for fine-tuning of the filter within the holder itself.

Formatt-Hitech Filters to fit the Cokin P series holder measure 85 x 107mm.   - 4 inches =101.6mm, 5 inches=127mm

Formatt-Hitech filters are made from an optical resin, like the Singh-Ray filters, and are about $35-40 each. A great price for a quality filter. The also come in soft and hard edges though their hard edge is equivalent to the Tiffen or Singh-Ray soft edge. √

Formatt-Hitech Filter Types

Protection Filters - Ultraviolet Filters
You can't create clear, crisp images if your camera lens is dinged or dirty. You can safe-guard your thousand dollar lens with a filter costing around $20 if you use a haze or UV filter. These thin glass filters are engineered to screw onto the front of your camera lens and you can leave them full time on to protect your lens. UV filters can also help protect your lenses from moisture, scratches ad dust. If your lens is damaged it could cost hundreds of dollars to repair or replace it. The filters provide added correction benefits for Ultraviolet light which can appear your film as a bluish cast and can many times distort far off details. UV filters allow you to correct for the UV effect to fluctuating degrees. They are also useful if you are photographing mountain and water scenes, as the haze can affect the color and clarity of the images. UV filters can be acquired for about $20.

 Haze Filters Haze Filters accomplish exactly what they sound like, they filter the haze out which is created by minute particles of dust and water vapor. Haze prevails in the atmosphere and can affect distant far off scenes. Haze forms when sunlight is broken up by minute particles of matter which are in the air. Atmospheric conditions have many effects on the amount of haze there is in the air. Fog, mist, smog, clouds and smoke are all different than haze. Red and green light become scattered by haze, but not so much as ultraviolet radiation, blue and violet light. When you use any filter that can absorb scattered sunlight it can be considered to be a haze filter.  √



Formatt-Hitech UV Absorbing 1b Resin Filter.
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Formatt-Hitech Skylight (1A), UV Haze.


Formatt-Hitech Warm, UV Haze 1


Formatt-Hitech Warm, UV Haze 2A Filter.
Polarizing Filters

These filters help reduce or eliminate reflections. They are perfect for shooting through glass or water as the sparkle from water leans toward white. Polarizing filters can also diminish the effects of haze and increase the darkness of a blue sky in black and white and color images. There are various polarizing filters available to boost color saturation in a photo without transforming the color hues of the image, although there are only two basic styles. One variety fits in front of your camera lens, while the other is used in front of the light source. They have no affect on color, the very reason polarizing filters and screens are employed for both black and white and color images. There are two parts to a polarizer. The front part rotates allowing you change the polarization angle. When you look at the blue sky using a polarizer and then rotate it, the sky appears darker and then lighter. The price of these filters range from around $15 to $800 and come in various sizes. √

Neutral Density Filters

These filters are created to reduce the amount of light reaching your camera lens without altering the color. Neutral density filters have the ability reduce the array of colors of light in the spectrum. Colored and white light is passed through these filters and only the the light intensity is affected. These filters are used with both black and white and color film. If you set your camera on its fastest shutter speed together with the smallest f/stop, but still can't acquire the photo without overexposure, you can use one of these filters to further reduce the exposure. The filters help to eliminate bright, washed out portions of an image. The price for neutral density filters typically range from around $10 to $350. They are made in various sizes. √

Graduated Color Neutral Density Filters
Often, you want to balance the intensity of light between two areas of a scene This is essential outdoors to allow more sky detail while suitably exposing the foreground. Exposing for the foreground will create a washed-out, over-exposed sky, while exposing for the sky will limit the foreground to dark and underexposed area. Graduated Color Neutral Density filters are partially clear, partially neutral density with a smoothly graded transition in between. An ND.6-to-Clear is often best for equalizing sky to foreground. The neutral gray appearance decreases exposure. Graduated Color filters are made in both soft-edge and hard-edge. Most often the soft-edge filter is employed with wide to medium-angle lenses as these lenses enjoy an increased depth of field. The hard-edge filter is favored for use with telephoto lenses or those times when a bold transition is more suitable. √

Formatt-Hitech graduated neutral density filters are made with soft or hard transitions from dark to clear. The soft transition is recommended for wide angle lenses while the hard edge is recommended for normal and longer lenses. Formatt-Hitech graduated resin filters are 4 x 5" (100 x 125mm) x 1.5mm thick. The 5" length allows for adjusting the filter within the holder. Neutral Density factors: ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop) ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops) ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops) ND1.2 (exposure adjustment = 4 stops)

 

Combination Graduated Filters

It is often desirable or necessary to balance the intensity of light from one part of a setting with another. This is particularly true in situations where you don't have complete light control, such as bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will create a washed-out, sky that's over-exposed while exposing for the sky will consent to leaving the foreground darkened and under-exposed. Grad ND filters are partially clear, partially neutral density (and come in in 3 grades (1 stop) to .9 (3 stops). They allow the transition to be blended with the scene, often imperceptibly. √


Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated 81B / Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated 81EF / Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated 81EF / Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated 81EF / Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Sunset #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 Resin r.

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Sunset #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Resin .

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Sunset #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin .

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Twilight #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Twilight #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Resin 

Formatt-Hitech Combination Graduated Twilight #3 / Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin .

2-Color Graduated Autumn, Graduated Sunset and Graduated Twilight Filters

Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Autumn filter to fit the Cokin P holder is one of the most extensively used category of filter. It heightens reality, adding a touch of craftiness or drama to the photo. Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduate filters are akin to straight color grads apart from these filters make use of two hues to enhance photos taken at sunset or in the early part of the evening. As adverse to traditional graduated filters that are half-clear, the 2-color approach gives you the benefit of being able to add color to your picture straight through - only in two unique shades. This gives your image a consistent feel throughout. This filter uses the Cokin P series holder Typical of the most popular practices include • Adding color fever to a drab sky • Changing an explicit color in a landscape or scene to create a desired special effect • Embellishing the existing color or fashioning subtle color drama • Formulating more balanced exposure in uneven lighting conditions. √



Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Sunset #1 Resin Filter.


Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Sunset #2 Resin Filter.


Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Sunset #3 Resin Filter


Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Twilight #1 Resin Filter.


Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Twilight #2 Resin Filter.


Formatt-Hitech 2-Color Graduated Twilight #3 Resin Filter.

Graduated 1 Color Filters

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Apricot #2 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Apricot #3 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Cerise #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Cerise #2 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Cerise #3 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Chocolate #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Chocolate #2 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Chocolate #3 Resin Filte

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Cool Blue #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Cool Blue #2 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Coral #1 Resin Filter.  

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Coral #2 (85) Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Coral #3 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Orange #1 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Orange #2 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Orange #3 (21) Resin Filter.

ormatt-Hitech Graduated Red #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Red #2 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Red #3 (25)Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Sepia #1 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Sepia #2 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Sepia #3 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Sky Blue #2 Resin Filter.
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Formatt-Hitech Graduated Straw #1 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Straw #2 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Straw #3 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tobacco #1 Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tobacco #2 (81EF) Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tobacco #3 Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tuscany Pink #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tuscany Pink #2 Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Tuscany Pink #3 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Yellow #1 Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Yellow #2 Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Graduated Yellow #3 (8) Resin Filter.

Color Conversion Filters
These filters are typically used to balance color temperatures when you are using particular films under different sources of light. An example would be using daylight film with tungsten lighting or vice versa. Color conversion filters have been engineered to convert the film temperature to light or light to the film. This will let all the colors fall into proper perspective and appear natural. These filters are most often available in two series: √
Cooling Filters

Formatt-Hitech 80B Color Conversion Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech 80C Color Conversion Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech 80D Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 82 Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 82A Color Conversion Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech 82B Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 82C Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Warming Filters

Formatt-Hitech 81A Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 81B Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 81C Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 81D Color Conversion Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech 81EF Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 85 Color Conversion Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech 85B Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech 85C Color Conversion Resin Filter.

Soft Focus Filters
Diffusion filters let you soften images. A diffusion filter diffuses harsh light without having an affect the sharpness and contrast of the photo. Thus, it is different from the out of focus effect. Diffusion filters are mostly used in portrait photography. In general, small skin defects can be almost completely eliminated, and facial contrast and wrinkles are softened. For best results, the aperture should be opened up letting the subject stand out well against the background: √

|Formatt-Hitech Fog #2 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Black #1 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Black #2 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Black #3 Effect Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Black #4 Effect Resin Filter.  

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Clear #1 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Clear #2 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Clear #3 Effect Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Movie Mist Clear #4 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Softnet Black #1 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Softnet Black #2 Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Softnet White #1 Effect Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Softnet White #2 Effect Resin Filter.

Fluorescent Filters
Fluorescent filters correct the greenish tone that can appear when you are shooting with daylight film under fluorescent lighting. There are several types of fluorescent filters. They can also balance daylight film beneath warm white or white type fluorescent lighting and correct the color balance when shooting tungsten film with fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent filters are basically all around filters that are available for moderate correction. They may not always deliver perfect color rendition alone. Because fluorescent lights shine at a variety temperatures they typically need more filtration for proper results. √

Color Compensating Filters

Color compensating filters are often referred to as CC filters. They are typically used to tune the overall color balance received from color films, particularly in slide film.

Erroneous color cast can occur in your images without a color compensating filter. The filters are often used to color balance lights like tungsten, fluorescent, and mercury-vapor and additionally to bounce reflected light from colored surfaces and objects. √


Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC05B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

ormatt-Hitech Blue - CC10B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC15B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC20B - Color Compensating Resin Filte

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC25B - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC30B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC40B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Blue - CC50B - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC025C - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC05C - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC10C - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC15C - Color Compensating Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC20C - Color Compensating Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC25C - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC30C - Color Compensating Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC40C - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Cyan - CC50C - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC025G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC05G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC10G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC15G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC20G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC25G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC30G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC40G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Green - CC50G - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC025M - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC05M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

FoH itech Magenta - CC10M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC15M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC20M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC25M - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC30M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC40M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Magenta - CC50M - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC025R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

 Formatt-Hitech Red - CC05R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC10R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC15R - Color Compensating Resin Filter. 

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC20R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC25R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC40R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Red - CC50R - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC025Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC05Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC10Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC15Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC20Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC25Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC30Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC40Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Formatt-Hitech Yellow - CC50Y - Color Compensating Resin Filter

Black & White Photography Filters

Filters are typically used in black & white photography as black and white is actually created as shades of gray. Filters are used to have the gray tones appear more like the original scene.

The sky and clouds frequently combine together in black and white images as white, so filters are employed to separate the two. A red filter can deepen blue objects more than white objects. Using this filter will make the sky will appear black in the image and the clouds will still be white.


Formatt-Hitech Yellow #8 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Yellow Green #11 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Orange #21 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Red #25 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Light Blue #38 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Blue #47 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Formatt-Hitech Green #58 Resin Filter for Black & White Film.

Special Effects Filters
There are many kinds of filters available that are created to give your images special effects. These include filters for star effects, special color effects, spectral effects, mist effects, soft effects, multi image and multi exposure effects, dual color, graduated color, and tricolor effects along with center filters, spot filters, and other types of special effects filters. These filters are mostly made of glass and allow you to experiment with your images or give them specific effects. The filters come in various colors, styles, sizes and densities. If you acquire extra filters you will definitely need a good padded camera bag to store and protect them. They typically range in price from around $20 to several hundred dollars while many of these filters are sold individually and also in sets.  √

Formatt-Hitech (4 Point) Star Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech (6 Point) Star Effect Resin Filter.

Formatt-Hitech (8 Point) Star Effect Resin Filter.

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