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| p.1 #7 · Prairie Tree at Sunrise |
Wow! Terrific photograph Matt!
Are you happy with the Lucroit Filter Holder? I'm reading mixed reviews, especially for the price. I'm on the fence purchasing a 14-24 vs. Zeiss 21 and filters are holding me back. I really like using a B+W 110 on the Zeiss (had the lens not long ago and sold it) but there appears to be no option for the 14-24. PM if you would rather not pollute your thread. Thanks for any feedback.
The Lucroit filter holder is built well. Hytech / Formatt resin filters do have slight manufacturing variations of filter size ( as do all non circular filter manufacturers) . (Lucroit filter holder is setup for 165mm wide filters) I have 6 Hytech / Formatt resin filters. One of the six (a ten stop nd) is slightly under 165mm, I'm guessing 164.5mm. Only one of the six exhibit this. Because of this, the filter holder may have a bit of play with the filter. Secondly, using a very very dark filter like a 10x nd requires no light leaks around the filter. (longer exposures need more light leak control) The current version has a very slight light leak around the filter as it is now (only affecting very robust ND exposure) . But, they have engineered a very cool fix that I'm not at liberty to share ( I think), but will solve a few issues, that every filter holder suffers from. That said, I absolutely love the filter system. My fix to the nd light leak is simply everyday gaffers tape. I minimal tape line on the top, and the bottom, done. In fact, I have two holders, and I keep the taped ND filter on the holder at all times. It also keeps the filter clean and ready to go.
I haven't shot with the Zeiss 21mm. Frankly, I wouldn't want it. Specialty wide angles are too heavy and too limited for me to want to carry the extra weight. I have shot with other ZF family lenses. They are indeed exceptional lenses, but IMHO no better than pro Nikon zooms with robust technique and processing. (I'd argue the cost is high as well as the CA on fringe is high as well for such a cost)
The Lucroit filter system is larger and does attract some attention from fellow photographers I should state. (it looks like a LF setup from the front) It's easy to use, and the ability to use the system on my 77mm lenses via an adapter is huge.
I hope this helps.