First impressions of the latest generation
Already at the unboxing of the F:X Pro filter holder Mark III Frank Fischer is enthusiastic about the packaging, which leaves a noble impression. The revised model third generation comes with plenty of accessories and clear optimized details. In addition to small booklets that provide important details on how to use the filter holder and the filters, there is also a set of adapter rings, like the predecessor. This ensures that lenses with other filter threads in sizes from 57 to 77 millimeters can also be used. Fischer points out that it can also be used with smaller filter threads, as additional adapter rings are available separately.
Additionally located next to the filter holder even a practical one spacious filter holder bag including strap. This now has an extremely practical internal register that you can take out of your pocket using the attached handle and organize your own square-wave filters neatly. In order to get an overview of the filters sorted there, there are additional labels that correspond to the filter type can be specially labeled.
The filter holder itself can also convince the experienced filter photographer at first glance. The housing consists of aerospace aluminum and is therefore particularly resistant. Also the new one magnetic circular polarizing filters is supplied directly and is already installed in the filter holder. He finds that particularly exciting magnetic system, which allows easy removal via the handle. In this way, stains on the filter itself can be avoided. Should it nevertheless happen that you touch the polarizing filter with your fingers, Fischer urgently advises you to clean it accordingly afterwards.
Another revised detail catches the eye of the photographer: the new base ring with Easy lock system. The base of the filter holder can be attached to or removed from the 82mm base ring with a simple click. Frank Fischer sees the new one as particularly useful Corrugation on the base ring, which reminds him of a small gear wheel. It is used to ensure that the filter holder can be rotated and after the holder has snapped into place and the filters have been positioned, it no longer moves.
Practical test in Scotland and Tuscany: Gray gradient filter in use
To get accurate impressions of the new Filter holder Mark III in interaction with the F:X Pro rectangular filters, Fischer took the filter holder with him on various trips.
It starts with the Tuscan cypress grove in the middle of a gently rolling landscape. Since the sky looks burned out or rather unstructured with this chosen motif, as can be seen in the video, there is a Graduated Gray Filter with a soft transition to use. Frank Fischer can thus take the subject and the sky accordingly and bring structure to the light cloud drawing.
At sunrise, Fischer tests another motif for his filter shots. He chose the well-known chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta, which is located next to the cypress grove. According to him, an ideal place for filter photography. To the difficult lighting conditions To be able to better control the rising sun, the photographer uses two this time Graduated Gray Filter back with a soft gradient. A direct comparison clearly shows that the sky, including the sun, can be seen more clearly with the help of the filters.
He was also on Fischer's trip to Scotland F:X Pro filter holder Mark III with in the luggage. It is ideal for the various dramatic cloud images. Here, too, the filter photographer uses two Graduated Filter back with a soft gradient. Again, in the direct comparison, it is easy to see that square filter the structure in the sky can be enhanced while the foreground can be exposed brighter.
The new filter holder offers endless possibilities
The F:X Pro filter holder Mark III is one from the point of view of Frank Fischer clear recommendation. There are numerous motifs in the landscape where it is worth using optical filters. Here he can optimized holder trump and best support. Using and testing the filter holder is really fun, says Fischer.r.
It doesn't matter whether you already have filters or are new to the three available sets From the photographer's point of view, there is not much that can be done wrong around the filter holder. The quick expansion from two to three filter rails is child's play and can be done at any time one click possible in seconds without screws.