Haida Filters

I use and recommend the Haida M10 Filter Holder System. Haida’s drop-in filter system is very innovative and image quality is excellent. Haida also has a solid lineup of drop-in and glass filters. I switched to the Haida system from the Formatt-Hitech holders. The Haida M10 also holds 100mm square filters, so I’m able to continue using most of my existing square filters while enjoying the more modern, flexible holder system.

Read my full Haida M10 review here.

 
Haida M10 Filter System ( Amazon )

Haida M10 Filter System (Amazon)

Haida M10 Filter Holder System

The base filter kit comes with an adapter ring, holder, and drop-in polarizer. Select the kit to match the diameter of your lens (67mm, 72mm, 77mm, etc.). Add in one of their other filters and you’re off to the races. Read my full review.

The holder can also hold up to two 100mm square glass filters. That’s in addition to the drop-in slot.

Haida M10 Adapter Ring ( Amazon )

Haida M10 Adapter Ring (Amazon)

Haida M10 Adapter Ring

Adapter rings come in a variety of diameters to match your lenses (ex: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm). I have an adapter ring for each of my lenses. I can quickly move the holder to another lens while in the field..

 
Haida M10 Drop-In Filters ( Amazon )

Haida M10 Drop-In Filters (Amazon)

Haida M10 Drop-In Filters

Drop-in filters work just like traditional filters. Go-to densities for my seascape work are 4-stop and 6-stop NDs.

My typical setup is the polarizer in the drop-in slot and 100mm square NDs in the front of the M10 holder.

Haida 100mm Red Diamond 4-stop ND ( Amazon )

Haida 100mm Red Diamond 4-stop ND (Amazon)

Haida Red Diamond 4-stop ND Filter

A 4-stop is my go-to filter in the field. Cutting 4 stops of light usually gets me that silky look on the water I'm looking for, while maintaining detailed fingers of water.

 
Haida 100mm Red Diamond 6-stop ND ( Amazon )

Haida 100mm Red Diamond 6-stop ND (Amazon)

Haida Red Diamond 6-stop ND Filter

When 4-stops isn't enough, I have the 6 stop at the ready. It's also very useful when the best light is just after sunrise or just before sunset, when I need to cut more light.

Haida 100mm ND Filters ( Amazon )

Haida 100mm ND Filters (Amazon)

Haida Red Diamond 10-stop ND Filter

For extra-long exposures, I keep an 10-stop ND filter in my bag. I use it to smooth out the ocean or to make people magically disappear in busy areas.

 
 

Formatt-Hitech

I continue to use and recommend Formatt-Hitech brand filters. Their glass filters are top quality and produce great images.

I switched to the Haida M10 holder system over Formatt-Hitech to avoid vignetting at wide angles. Watch this video to see why I switched to the Haida M10. I continue to use the Firecrest 100mm glass filters.

 
 
Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 1.2 (4 stop) ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 1.2 (4 stop) (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 4-Stop ND

This is my go-to filter in the field. Cutting 4 stops of light usually gets me that silky look on the water I'm looking for, while maintaining detailed fingers of water.

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 1.8 (6 stop) ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 1.8 (6 stop) (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 6-Stop ND

When 4-stops isn't enough, I have the 6 stop at the ready. It's also very useful when the best light is just after sunrise or just before sunset, when I need to cut more light.

 
Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 3.0 (10 stop) ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND 3.0 (10 stop) (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 10-Stop ND

For extra-long exposures, I keep an 10-stop ND filter in my bag. I use it to smooth out the ocean or to make people magically disappear in busy areas.

Formatt-Hitech Circular Polarizer ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Circular Polarizer (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105MM Circular Polarizer

No landscape kit would be complete without a circular polarizer. I use my polarizer to manage relfections in a scene. It also acts as a light ND filter (1 stop or so).

 
Formatt-Hitech Filter Holder ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Filter Holder (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech 100MM Filter Holder

I keep two filter holders in my bag. One has my polarizer permanently mounted, with an open slot for an additional ND filter. The other I have setup with two slots for ND filters. I could have three slots, but never found the need to stack up that many filters!

Formatt-Hitech Adapter Ring ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Adapter Ring (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech Adapter Ring For 100MM Holder

Adapter rings come in a variety of diameters to match your lenses (ex: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm). I have a ring for each of my lenses. The filter holder mounts to the adapter ring.

 
Formatt-Hitech Polarizer Ring ( Amazon )

Formatt-Hitech Polarizer Ring (Amazon)

Formatt-Hitech 105MM Polarizer Ring

This ring mounts on the filter holder and the polarizer screws into the ring.