Formatt Hitech has announced new, lightweight, affordable, cinema-grade 4 x 5.65″ Diffusion and Clear filters. These lightweight filters are perfect for use on gimbals or drones, or for paring with lightweight matteboxes like the Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom.
These new lightweight 4 x 5.65″ filters, complement the existing Firecrest Superslim IRND filters.
The 4 x 5.65″ Cine Superslim Black Supermist 1/4 filter fits directly into some lightweight matte boxes with a clamping mechanism like the Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom, or can be used with ARRI standard matteboxes using the custom Firecrest Superslim 2mm 4 x 5.65 filter tray.
Two Superslim filters can be combined to fit in a regular filter tray, meaning that any two Superslim IRND, Clear or diffusion filters can be fitted into the space usually occupied by a single standard 4mm glass filter.
The filters are made of the lightest possible 4 x 5.65″ cinema-grade glass, weighing in at around half of an equivalent standard thickness 4mm filter.
Cine Superslim Diffusion filters
Initially the Superslim diffusion filters will be available in Clear Supermist 1/8 and 1/4 strengths, as well as Black Supermist 1/8 and 1/4. These contrast reduction filters flatter all complexions and skin types. They are made from tiny dark or clear color particulates that are bonded inside the filter. The light path is diffused creating a reduction in fine detail and contrast.
The 4 x 5.65″ Cine Superslim Clear Supermist 1/4 filter can be used as a softening tool for creating a mood, be it indoors or outdoors. It reduces the excessive sharpness of some modern digital cameras and optics. The filter moderates contrast lightening shadow areas without becoming distracting to the image. The filter also causes bright specular highlights to diffuse and smooth out, giving a subtle halo effect to windows and strong light sources. The Black Supermist softens the fine detail and reduces the contrast but is more subtle than a Clear Supermist. It still has the same effect of causing lights to bloom and create halation depending on the density of the filter.
Cine Superslim Clear Optical Flat filter
The 4 x 5.65″ Clear Optical Flat is a good option for protecting your lenses in challenging shooting environments. It is made with Schott B270 super white optical glass which is capable of matching the highest resolution cameras on the market today and can provide invaluable protection when using drones, jibs, cranes, gimbals, or any scene where the lens may require shielding from the elements.