LATEST UPDATE – AUGUST 8th, 2017
Every week I receive emails and messages from people asking me about what kind of filter system I use with my (favourite) lens, the M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO. So I figured I’d share my list of filters here on my blog.
I’ve used a few systems in the past and would like to list the options that I’ve worked with and tell you a little about the pros and cons and hopefully help you make the right decision.
I’m sure there are further systems out there and I’d love to add them to this list so I can ultimately create a list of all the filter options available for this amazing lens.
First of all: Why can’t we use regular filters on this lens?
Simple! Because of the dome like shape of the outer element of the lens it has a built in lens hood that cannot be removed in order to protect the glass. In theory that’s a great idea and I like that I don’t have to worry about my lens when I put it face down to onto a flat surface, but for a 7-14mm lens, which is definitely a landscape lens it’s a problem.
You see, the hood has no threads and therefore doesn’t allow for the attachment of screw on filters. We’re going to need a special adapter for that.
I’ve tested and used all of the below listed adapters and they all work fine with the 7-14mm lens. And if you want to take landscape photography to the next level you will sooner or later be getting one of these for your 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO. Or, if you’re into long exposures with the 7-14mm you’ll need one of these too.
The biggest advantage and problem at the same time with the 7-14mm is that it’s so wide. This means a regular screw on filter won’t work, so you’re going to need to use square filters for this lens. Minimum 100x100mm filters or even 150mmx150mm filters.
This Filter is the one I’ve used for over a year now. I love it. It’s light, compact, simple and easy to pop onto the lens. From all the systems I’ve used I think this is still my favourite.
It’s made of black nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel which helps to avoid unwanted reflections.
On the downside this filter holder doesn’t sit on the lens as well as the other 2. Not usually a problem, but if you accidentally move it it might increase the distance between filter and lens and increase the chance of reflections, light leaks and vignetting. I’ve gotten used to always pushing it right back and tight onto the lens before I use it.
- It’s relatively cheap.
- It takes the LEE 100mm Filter Holder system or;
- It takes the HiTech 100mm Filter Holder system in a (different version)
- It’s small and really light.
- It’s not quite as solid as the others listed below. It won’t break when dropped, but I always handle it with care when I pack it away into my bag.
- It’s a slide on system. Easy to pop on, but just as easy to accidentally slide off its intended position.
- You still have to buy the Filter Holders from LEE (the foundation kit) or HiTech in order to use 100mm filters with the 7-14mm
This thing is solid. It’s super sturdy and looks nice on the lens too. It’s made of 3 elements. 2 that screw onto each other from either end of the 7-14mm and a 3rd that sits in-between to actually hold the LEE 100mm filter. Once it’s fitted it fits. No wobble.
This thing is the sturdiest of the lot. It’s a bit heavy and makes the 7-14mm quite a bit chunkier than I like it. Also a fair bit heavier. And it really a permanent fixture to your 7-14mm as it requires quite a bit of force to be removed and the lens has to be detached from the camera to do so. So just be prepared to have a heavier lens
- it’s made by LEE. Top notch quality
- it comes with it’s own custom lens hood for the 7-14mm
- it’s fairly compact
- relatively expensive
- it makes the lens quite chunky
- you still need the LEE 100mm filter holder to actually use filters with the 7-14mm and that can all add up quite a bit.
The NiSi System is really good. It’s the only system that allows you to fit either a square filter holder or a screw on system. (with an adapter)
NiSi 150mm filter holders are made from aviation-grade aluminium with single element processed by CNC machine with matte black frosted finish on the surface
It’s a one piece system, similar to the 3D printed Option 1. But sits much better and can be tightened compared to the 3D printed one. The all metal build it’s very solid and has the nicest matt finish of all the options.
NiSi get around the vignetting problem by making this holder a 150mm option. Meaning you’ll need to use 150mm x 150mm filters. It’s a solution, but can get quite bulky and expensive.
- it’s a screw on system
- high quality build
- no vignetting
- not 100% tight on the lens letting in a bit of light from behind
- if you’re using the 150mm x 150mm filter holder it’s very big
- not so cheap + 150mm filters get expensive too.
Disclaimer: I haven’t tested or seen this filter holder myself. But thanks to Steven Chien who owns it and commented below I’ve added this one to the list.
The fixture is similar to the LEE system (3 pieces) and the filter itself looks like it’s similar to the NiSi system.
It also seems like the front element that is permanently fixed to the lens (unless unscrewed every time) is quite large and it would be difficult to fit into a normal camera bag.
- it’s cheap
- it’s a 150mm filter holder
- it’s seems pretty big
Disclaimer: I haven’t tested or seen this filter holder myself. But thanks to Phil who is willing to send me a sample I will be able to add my person note to this model in a few weeks.
This Adapter for the Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro lens is custom made by Phil Norton and can be used in combination with the NiSi V5 and V5 Pro filter holder.
I love that it’s the ‘pop on pop off’ system and that the holder can be easily removed. It also looks pretty compact. Can’t wait to test it!
- compatible with the high quality 100mm NiSi system
- fairly compact
- tight fit (no light leaks)
- competitive price
- It’s a slide on system. Easy to pop on, but just as easy to accidentally slide off its intended position.
- You still have to buy the Filter Holders from NiSi V5 (pro) holder order to use 100mm filters with the 7-14mm
Disclaimer: I haven’t tested or seen this filter holder myself. But thanks to people on Facebook for pointing it out.
This adapter is made by Helge Süss (in Germany I suspect). It’s a fairly simple construction but does the job. There is now also a version with 2 rails that will take 2 square 100mm filters. I’m not entirely sure how tight the filters sit in the holder as they are secured with an elastic band.
It seems like the filter holder has to be placed perfectly onto the lens in order to reduce the chance of vignetting.
According to Helges website there are minimal reflections when used with BigStoppers (10 Stop or 15 Stop filters). To buy it you have to contact Helge through his website (click on the blue button below to get there)
UPDATE: Helge contacted me (below in the comments) and had this to add to his filter:
The first filter slides in a rail. One or two rubber bands are used to put friction on the filter (to allow sliding it up and down).
There were reflections with the 3D-printed prototypes but the dye-cast production series holders didn’t show reflections.
A second filter may be mounted on top of the rail in a grove. Here rubber bands are used to tie the second filter onto the first. It’s a compromise, but without vignetting.
- self contained system. You don’t need a NiSi or Lee filter holder to get to work
- fairly compact
- unsure how tight filters sit in the holder
- unsure how robust this filter holder is
- price: unknown at this stage.
Disclaimer: I haven’t tested or seen this filter holder myself. If anyone has any experience with it I’d greatly value it and would like to add more details into the guide.
This Adapter by STC (based in Hong Kong) is a similar system to the LEE filter holder. Two pieces slide in from either side of the lens and are then screwed together to be permanently fixed onto the lens. It looks fairly light and easy to mount, although the lens has to be removed from the camera in order to attach this holder.
It’s a simple 105mm screw in filter holder. So you can’t use 100mm square filters with this system.
The good thing is that STC seems to offer various packages with various 105mm round filters. There is a STC UV filter, STC Circular Polarising filter, STC ND64 filter and you can buy them in various combinations. Who knows how good the filters are…
- should sit very secure and tight on the lens
- comes with a 105mm lens cap
- comes in various filter combinations
- OK price
- probably chinese copy quality
- unknown quality of the filters
- unknown if the holder causes reflections or vignetting
So the big issue with almost all system for the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is vignetting. The edge of the filter holder blocks a part of the frame and you can’t zoom out all the way to 7mm without the filter adapter showing in the frame.
The 3D Printed Adapter comes in 2 different kits.
Kit 1: You can use up to two filters with original rail with decoration plate (with “LEE”mark) removed, at non-rotated position. If you use more than two filters or rotate the filters, there will be vignetting.
Kit 2: This kit contains an adapter and a customised rail type II, which permits you use up to two filters without getting vignette at almost any rotated position with focus further than 3m.
The LEE Filter Adapter
does cause vignetting if you go wider than 9-10mm. It also strongly depends on where you focus. If you focus at infinity you can usually go a little wider (around 8-9mm)
LEE also now offers an adapter for their SW 150mm filter system. I haven’t tested it, but I assume it will remove all form of vignetting. However, you’ll need the larger and more expensive 150mm x 150mm filters for this.
The NiSi Filter Holder is a 150mm system and will not cause any vignetting. But, you’ll need the more expensive and larger 150mm x 150mm filters.
The Haida Filter Holder vignettes up to 9mm. A bit disappointing for a 150mm filter system. (according to online reviews)
The Phil Norton Holder won’t vignette at all at 7mm, there is some room for angling filters, zooming the lens a tad so it still registers 7mm will allow filters to be angled. (according to Phil)
Helge Suess Holder sounds like doesn’t vignette either as long as it’s mounted correctly.
STC Holder – no information.
I’ve tried my best to show the differences, pros and cons and list my experience with these filters. If you have any comments or remarks, or if I’ve made any mistakes or you’ve heard of a different filter system not listed here I’m interested in adding it to this list.
Just leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to add it here as soon as possible.
On a side note, I mostly need this adapter system to be able to mount a circular polariser (the LEE 105mm Circular Polariser) to my 7-14mm as you can often see me do in my Adventure Photography On Location episodes.. In order to do so I have 2 LEE Foundation kits. One is a regular one with the possibility of mounting up to 2 square 100mm filters and the other has the Circular Polariser Adapter ring mounted to it without any space to add any 100mm square filters. I did this in order to reduce the distance between lens and polariser to avoid vignetting. With this solution I can use the LEE 105mm circular polariser up to about 8mm before I get vignetting. Quite a good workaround for me. BUT I can’t use square filters in combination with the 105mm Circular Polariser without unscrewing things or without vignetting
I’d love to know: what filter adapter do you use and how/why?
Please share in the comments section below.
SPECIAL THANKS to the amazing guys at LEE Filters for providing me with the filter holder (and all the amazing filters!) and to Georges Cameras and Nisi Filters for letting me test the NiSi Filter Holder.
I use Haida 150mm Filter System, it is composed of 3 parts as lee filter but looks like Nisi adapter.
Sturdy, inconvenient to take of but relatively cheap.
Thanks for your input. I’ll add it to the list!
I use it too, not true it vignettes up to 9mm.It doesn’t vignette at all.
I’ve just purchased the 7-14mm lense. And struggling to decide what filter system to use. I’m stuck between the nisi 150mm and the custom 100mm lee system. What’s your preferred system to take out in the field? And if cost wasn’t and issue what would you choose? or is the 150mm system just that more awkward to handle and carry (deal with) out on hikes etc. Anyway I appreciate the time you have taken to write the blog post love it ??
First of all, thanks for the kind words. Really appreciate the feedback.
I use a mix of the 3D printed one which I have permanently fixed to my LEE 105mm Circular Polariser + LEE foundation kit (since it’s such an easy on-off option) and the LEE foundation kit I use with the square filters. I’m fortunate enough to have 2 Foundation Kits to switch around with. The 3D printed option is by far the easiest to use on the 7-14mm.
The 150mm systems are great if you need to shoot at 7mm. But other than that I’m more of a fan of being mobile and flexible with my camera and the 150mm system just doesn’t make life that easy.
Hope that helps.
the first ever made filter holder for the 7-14/2,8 was done by Helge Süß http://helge-suess.com/hardware/filterhalter-zuiko-mft-7-14mm-f28/ with 100mm gilters
Thanks for your input Oliver. I’ll look into his filter and will add it to the guide.
Thanks for putting the holder on your list. The first filter slides in a rail. One or two rubber bands are used to put friction on the filter (to allow sliding it up and down).
There were reflections with the 3D-printed prototypes but the dye-cast production series holders didn’t show reflections.
A second filter may be mounted on top of teh rail in a grove. Here rubber bands are used to tie the second filter onto the first. It’s a compromise, but without vignetting.
May I also point you to this solution: There is a quite expensive but very professional solution available made by Lucroit: https://lucroit.com
BTW, I’m located in Austria (not in Germany).
Thanks for your input Helge. I’ll update the blog posts with the details you have given!
I bought and I use the Haida 150mm Filter System all the time. I have to disagree with you, it’s not cheap it’s well made and yes a little bulky but works fantastic.
Thanks for your input John.
As mentioned in the guide, I haven’t seen or tested the Haida holder. As an alternative to the LEE or NiSi it’s quite a good price as it takes 150mm filters directly. The LEE requires the Foundation Kit and the NiSi isn’t too cheap either.
Phil Norton is promoting the Nisi 100mm-system with the adapter for the Olympus 7-14mm:
You beat me to it David 😉
I was going to mention Phil Norton’s solution too: http://www.philnortonphotography.co.uk/olympus-714-adapter.html
I purchased it, and can really recommend it. The Nisi V5 Pro is a very well made filter holder.
Only one downside on using this filter holder with Phil’s adapter on the 7-14mm: you can’t use the included Circular Polarizer.
I’ve added a few more – including Phil’s filter holder to the list now.
I also recently started using the Norton 3D printed adapter with the NISI V5 pro filter holder. True, a round CPL cannot be used, however NISI also has a 100mm square CPL (discontinued but still available) that works perfectly with no vignetting even at 7mm zoom. I usually only use the CPL with a 6 or 10 stop ND all of works really well.
I purchased the NISI adapter and filters from Phil Norton. I am very happy with the system. Phil is very helpful great to work with. I agree with Peter’s comments.
Nice article, well done. One small correction: You say that the Lee system comes with it’s own lens hood. I think you mean lens CAP.
Thanks John! Great to see you stop by here. I’ve corrected the mistake 😉
Looking forward to hearing what you think about the Phil Norton holder after you try it.
I really like your work and i thank you for all your good tips 😉 I recently bought the Custom 3D printed holder (7-14mm Olympus) with the Lee kit Foundation and 3 filters (Lee 105mm circular polariser filter, Lee Big Stopper, Lee ND soft grad 3 stops). But I have an issue with the vignettage when i try to assemble the Lee 105mm circular with the others filters (Big stopper and ND grad), it does vignetting from 7 to 11mm. As you said in EP02 – Chasing Waterfall, it supposed to stop vignetting at 8.5-9mm, but it doesn’t work for me under 11mm. Do you know why?
Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
The further away the 105mm filter is from the lens the more vignetting you get. So if you add space for more square 100mm filters in front of the lens you increase the vignetting.
Since I don’t do long exposures very often I removed the space to attach square filters completely. Check my filter guide here to see a sample photo of my setup. It’s not the perfect solution, but it works for me.
Also, I used to shoot a lot at 3:2 aspect ratio, which of course reduces the frame size and therefore vignetting. These days I shoot at 4:3 aspect much more often and have to zoom in a little to avoid vignetting.
Phil Norton has a custom adapter that works with the NiSi V5 (Pro) system and apparently there’s no vignetting. But I haven’t been able to test it yet.
Hi there, I’m using the Nisi system but I get reflections of the holder when I stack filters. Any advice on how I can avoid this? I’m fairly new to all of this filter stuff!!
Are you using the 150mm or the 100mm system with Phil Norton’s adapter? And, how many filters are you stacking?
I’m using the 150mm and usually only 2 filters, a 10 stop + polariser or soft grad. Also I get some vignetting at 7mm!
Ok so I may have been (was) fitting it incorrectly!!!! I’ll need to try again without rookie mistakes!
I bought the STC adapter with their 105mm UV filter. No vignetting even at 7mm. Good performaning filter. The adapter fits the pro lens like a glove, good quality without a big increase in weight. I was also afraid of a cheap product, but that’s not the case here. Be careful with buying other brand filters with larger frames, I purchased Sigma and B+W 105mm UV filers which cause vignetting below 9mm.
The STC filter is good, not cheap…probably not up B+W, but with a slim frame, no vignetting.
Hey Ken! That sounds awesome! I’ll add your experience with the adapter to the guide. I’m sure MANY people will find this interesting and helpful.
Thanks for contributing!
Chris. Check out Wine Country Cameras filter system. They don’t support the 7-14 yet but they are working on it.
Thanks for the tip Andrew, I’ll definitely check it out!
Can you verify the STC 105mm screw in filter adapter doesn’t vignette on full frame raw in the 4:3 format? They say on their website it doesn’t vignette however their examples aren’t in the full raw format : http://stcoptics.com/en/screwinlens/ (pictures at bottom of the page)
I’ve been working on a homemade filter holder that accepts 95mm screw in filters, now vignetting on the typical wide format I shoot in 16:9 by the raw files which are the full sensor size of 4:3 show some vignetting. I’m faced with either redoing it in the 105mm size or since I’d already be forced to move up to 105mm filters versus 95mm filters, just puchase the STC filter holder, but I’d like to be positive it won’t vignette in full 4:3 sensor size format.
Here is a link to the filter holder I made in progress if you are interested: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4231326#forum-post-60460763
Thanks for the comment. Your home made filter holder looks pretty good! Nice job!
I haven’t had the chance to test the STC filter in real life (yet), so I can’t say with 100% certainty if it will vignette or not. But maybe I can get a sample off them to test it.
I would say that with your holder and the distance between lens hood and filter glass being absolutely minimal, at 105mm diameter you’re very unlikely to get vignetting.
Have you heard of the lucroit system?
Yes I have. I’ll be updating the guide shortly with a few newer options out there.
I use the ‘STC Filter Holder’ and in a word it is excellent. I am using this 7mm-14mm lens/holder combo with my Olympus E-M5II. The holder is well made and when attached to the lens it blends in seamlessly (looks like it has always been part of the lens). I am using it with a 105mm UV filter bought from ‘SRB Photographic’ https://www.srb-photographic.co.uk/105mm-uv-filter-6624-p.asp and I get no trace of vignetting at any aspect and/or focal length. Finally I believe you will find that this holder is Taiwanese and not mainland Chinese (ie not from Hong Kong) not that I have any issues with the latter.
Thank you so much for this comprehensive review! I just came across a nice review of the STC Screw In Lens Adapter on Cyclops Optics facebook page which might be very useful to fellow 7-14mm users here.
Thanks for sharing Robin.
I use the same 3d printed custom holder as you and find it works really well. I also use the same approach for the polariser, but my screws poke out of the back of the holder because they are too long. It works, but it just doesn’t look neat!
Do you have the same problem? If not, what screws did you use to attach the polariser to the ring?
Yes, the screw stick out. It doesn’t bother me that much really. But you could always trim the screw I guess… but then that’s the only way you can use them. You could always contact LEE and see if they can send you a couple more 😉 I’m certain they would do that.
first of all I want to thank you for your great work. I’m following you and your work ever since I discovered it after my trips to Brazil, Iceland, India and Nepal and making the move from Canon to Olympus. Your insights not only on professional travel and landscape photography but also on your workflow on the road and the Olympus system inspired and motivated me quite a lot. So thanks for that.
Maybe because german people might be reading here, too, it could be interesting to mention that NiSi was selling their gear under the name of Rollei in Germany but as far as I know they do not anymore. But Rollei offers their own 150mm adapter for the 7-14mm lens. I have no clue though, if it is somewhat different. Maybe you do?
And finally I have a small question: I will be going to Scotland in 2 weeks and already ordered Phil Nortons Adapter and the Nisi V5Pro because that seemed to be the best solution for the 7-14mm lens when I don’t want to rely on 150mm filters. Besides the 7-14mm I also own the 12-40mm lens. Now the only think I’m not sure about is which square filters to start with. Any recommendations and (only if you have enough time for a bit more detailed answer) reasons for your recommendation?
Thanks again for all your work, time and passion. Greetings from the border region between Germany and your homecountry (where I also grew up… maybe that’s why you got my attention in the first place ;-D).
Great to know about Rollei being NiSi in Germany! Didn’t know that!
Yes, the 3d printed options are currently the best. Good choice!
I’d start with a soft graduated filter for contrasty skies and a LEE little stopper for general long exposure stuff (water etc.). And if you want ultra long exposures (blurring clouds etc,) then the LEE big stopper is great too.
Hej. First of all thanks for your quick reply 🙂
Just to not confuse: I think Rollei is not partnering with NiSi anymore but they have similar filters which – as far as I know – are equaly good. But I will test them in scotland and tell you about my experiences 😉
I am a fairly newbie to photography and have recently bought an Olympus OM-D E-MI II with the 40-150mm 12-40mm and 7-14mm Pro lens. I am interested in getting filters for them for an upcoming overseas holiday and wanted to know what is your recommendation for all 3 lens. I know I want a polariser filter, but what else and what system will work best across all 3 lenses. thanks in advance.
Quite a difficult one, since the filters for the 7-14mm will have to be 100mm x 100mm square filters that you use with one of the filter holders above. The 12-40mm can be used with round, screw on filters, or with a screw on adapter for square filter holders.
I don’t really think that you’ll need filters for the 40-150mm though.
So I’d suggest getting 100mm filters since the 7-14mm is the lens you’ll most likely use with filters + get a polarising filter for the 12-40mm for general use to increase colours and reduce reflections.
As for what filters: I’d say get ND filters from LEE (3 and 6 stop) for long exposures + a graduated ND filter for shots where you want to balance the sky with the landscape.
hope that helps.
Hi. Interesting topic! I just read it now after I’ve bought my Nisi V5 Pro 100mm system for the m.zuiko 7-14mm 2.8. I cannot use the Nisi system on my lens yet, I’m waiting for he 3D printed adapter I ordered from here: https://www.shapeways.com/product/3VY59CDQN/adapter-for-m-zuiko-7-14mm-nisi-v5-pro-holder. I don’t think you have mentioned that adapter in your article. Meanwhile I’ll test the system on my 12-40mm where it fits nicely using the Nisi 62mm adaptor ring sold separately. The downside to using this system on the 7-14 is not being able to use the included C-PL. There is a Nisi square 100mm polarizer. So maybe I could use that one. Or just use the included Nisi C-PL on my 12-40 in stead when needed. Thanks for a great article. Cheers, Geir, Norway.
Yep, either Phil Norton or the one on Shapeways work great for the Nisi system.
You’re right though, adding the polarizer to the 7-14mm doesn’t work… my solution is the Lee holder with JUST a polarizer on it… not ideal for when you want to do long exposures, but it allows me to shoot at about 8mm without the filter getting in the way.
Have you run across any adapters for the Breakthrough Photography filter system? The system has some compelling new features over the Lee System. They include magnetically attached polarizers, glass filters and cheaper cost. I haven’t been able to find an adapter that will work for the 7-14. I think their system just requires a 82 MM thread.
No haven’t heard of them. I’ll have to take a closer look. The 7-14mm definitely needs it’s specifically designed system for any filter system to even fit on it. So if they don’t have it I doubt that it will work with the 7-14mm. additionally, 82mm is not big enough for the 7-14mm on the wide end.
I ended up buying the breakthrough photography 82mm ring and adding one layer of gaff tape to thicken the lens to the width of the filter holder. It works remarkably well and is secure. The ND and GRD have no vignetting at 7mm. The only catch is I can’t use a polarizer.
Are you using the Breakthrough Photography Filter Holder? That is what I have but have not seen any adapter to mount it to the 7-14. Sure would like to be able to use it.
Really great work you have done about getting a filter system for the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens . I’m trying to get the best wide angle lens for my GH5, and this looks like this is it. But I will undoubtedly will be filming in direct sunlight, so either an ND filter or an AV filter is a must!
what about rear mount filter holder? does anyone knows were to buy them?
As far as I know, they don’t exist for this lens.
Tanks for the comparisons
Found your site and guide as I was looking for a way to mount filters on this lens. Your guide provided several choices to consider that I hadn’t found yet through my searches. I didn’t see a mention of the Benro lens mounting ring which I found on their website https://benrofilters.com/us/product/lens-mounting-ring-for-100mm-filter-holder-with-filter-frames-for-olympus-7-14pro/) and wondered if you had any information on this mounting ring for their filter holder system. Thanks and continuing to read more of your blog posts!
I recently purchased the STC adaptor with a UV and polarizing filter. Very nicely made and easy to fit. Two problems though. Cannot have 2 filters as this leads to vignetting. With one OK. So if want to change from UV to Polarizing, have to take off adaptor as instructions strongly advise not to remove the filter first as can easily scratch it on the lobes of the lens hood. The other problem is that it appears ‘fuzzy’ in the electronic viewfinder of the OM-D E1 MKII. Although it looks fine on the LCD screen. In addition, similar to other comments, not cheap!
Thank you for presenting all this information here! Like a lot of folks using the Oly 7-14, I’m also looking for a way to use ND filters with it, and this page is very helpful. One question – do you think using 100×100 filters on a mattebox will work? Unfortunately most matteboxes can’t handle the wide end of the 7-14 lens, but I’ve seen a few mattebox systems made for wide angle and I’m wondering if this is a better way to go than one of the adapter systems listed above?
I’m not 100% sure about the matteboxes. Worth a try though.
Hi, Chris — thanks for the comprehensive guide. Have you looked at the STC ND clip filter yet? I’m very intrigued but am waiting to hear real-world reviews. https://stcoptics.com/en/clip_filter/
I’ve been looking into them. Might get a sample soon.
Appreciate that, Chris! I’ve been asking photog friends for opinions but at this early stage folks are responding to the concept, not to the actual product in use. Responses have ranged from “no way!” to “what’s the problem – use reasonable caution, just like you would if you were changing a lens or blowing dust off a sensor.” BTW, today is the day I FINALLY bought the Oly 7-14. Good times ahead!
Hi, I have something like this: http://cokin.com/en/filters/830-cokin-creative-ensemble-bague-pour-olympus-7-14mm-f28-porte-filtres-taille-xl-130mm-x-pro-3611531200097.html
Regards – Piotr from Poland
Hi Chris. Great review here, thank you. One point I would make re the 3D printed version, is that there is light leak through the body of the adapter which is visible when using the super stopper as a ring of colour in the middle third of the image. It turns out that the 3D printing material is slightly translucent (even though dark grey. I found that this was resolved by paiting the adapter, which was scary, but has worked a treat even with the super stopper.
I recently bought the 7-14mm lens. My low cost solution for square 100mm filters… a 82mm aluminium lens hood having 86mm filter thread.
I padded the inside using a 17mm wide strip cut from a self-sticking felt sheet, 3mm thick.
Now sits perfectly on the lens, attached to a Lee-style filter holder with 86mm adapter ring. I removed a filter slot – leaving just one – for making sure to avoid vignetting at 7mm.
Hi Chris. I use this kit from LucrOit. Maybe you’d like to test it.