Today I picked up my new NiSi filters.
My filter kit now consists of:
- NiSi 150mm x 170mm Nano IR 1.2 (GND16/four-stop) soft graduated neutral-density filter;
- NiSi 150mm x 170mm Nano IR 0.9 (GND8/three-stop) reverse graduated neutral-density filter;
- NiSi 150mm x 150mm Nano IR 3.0 (ND1000/ten-stop) neutral-density filter; and
- NiSi filter holder for Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM.
I just had a look at my new filters, and my initial observations are as follows:
- They are extremely high-quality glass filters.
- The filter holder for my Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM is surprisingly large and heavy for its size.
- A 150mm filter is literally a handful; two hands are needed to safely mount and dismount filters this size.
- Extra care will be necessary when using them, as a drop could be disastrous.
- They take up considerable more room in the camera bag — particularly the filter holder.
- NiSi products are very nicely packaged.
The NiSi 150mm system is quite a change from my former Lee 100mm resin filters.
I am looking forward to using these.
Having recently replaced my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM with a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM, my Lee 100mm filter system was rendered obsolete.
Unfortunately, 100mm filters are not wide enough to work with the 14mm lens. What I now need is 150mm filters, and I decided to invest in the NiSi 150mm filter system, which seems to be popular with landscape photographers.
Yesterday I ordered a filter holder specifically for my lens, a 150mm x 170mm 1.2 (four-stop) soft graduated neutral-density filter, a 150mm x 170mm 0.9 (three-stop) reverse graduated neutral-density filter, and a 150mm x 150mm 3.0 (ten-stop) neutral-density filter.
This lineup should nicely cover my needs.
Fortunately I was able to sell all of my other filters in one go (including some screw-on filters which were also surplus to my needs).
I am looking forward to picking up my new filters next week and putting them to use for some landscape photography and long-exposure cityscape photography.