Our common readers could keep in mind a latest traumatic video for Fstoppers’ founders Lee and Patrick, the place Lee’s D850 spent some intimate time with a wave and didn’t come out the identical. At the moment, we’re going to have a look at the filter system he was testing on the day, the Haida M10.

Haida just lately reached out to me and requested if I’d be taken with having a look at their M10 system whereas Lee’s digital camera was in for restore. Most of my work is in portraiture. However on occasion, I get away my filters and head all the way down to the ocean for some lengthy publicity work, and any excuse to take part on this meditative exercise is an effective one. So, I instructed them I’d have a look. 

We’ll go into particulars under, however in brief: I’ve been prepared to interchange my present round filters and Lee Seven5 holder for some time now, so I’ll be filling out my Haida package shortly. It is a actually nice system with a few distinctive values in the event you’re trying to get into the excessive finish of issues. 

Construct High quality

The Haida M10 holder is comprised of aluminum and as such, is extraordinarily gentle whereas remaining fairly sturdy. The brushed end seems to be and feels premium besides. 

The holders for the 100mm filters additionally really feel sturdy and nicely hooked up. On the M10 holder itself, there’s a skinny ring of felt that ought to assist stop scratches when inserting and eradicating filters. Simply don’t let it get moist! It creates streaks all down the filters and must be dried once more earlier than you may proceed utilizing the holder. 

The fast-release clip for the holder feels sturdy and like it can final so long as you want it to. It has a very good quantity of rigidity, so that you received’t knock the holder off by chance. Extra on this clip under.  

Options

The Haida M10 has an analogous characteristic set to many filter holders in the marketplace, however with some totally different implementations that assist it to face out and probably be a greater answer for a lot of photographers. Let’s check out how the holder operates and the way nicely the options work.

Mounting the Holder

After screwing in an acceptable adapter ring (obtainable in 37-82 mm diameters), the holder can merely be clipped on utilizing the spring-loaded tab on the right-hand aspect of the holder. This tab clips right into a groove on the adapter ring that clamps the holder in place. At first, this was a little bit troublesome to belief, because it wasn’t simple to really feel that I’d aligned the tab with the groove within the adapter ring. After a couple of apply runs, although, it grew to become second nature, and attaching or eradicating the holder now takes lower than a second. 

I additionally thought it could be simple to knock the tab and ship the somewhat costly assortment of filters mounted to my lens toppling to the bottom. Nevertheless, the tab does require fairly a little bit of stress to activate, in order that doesn’t appear to be a difficulty. 

As soon as the ring is hooked up, it spins freely. This lets you exactly align graduated filters. One characteristic I really feel would profit customers of graduated filters could be some type of lock to cease the ring spinning. It may be all too simple to knock the ring whereas setting focus or sliding different filters out and in. This can be a minor subject for many, however doubtlessly makes it very troublesome for these stacking darkish filters. 

The Drop-in Filter

The M10 makes use of a twin drop-in system to permit the mounting of spherical filters in addition to sq. filters. If you buy the holder package, you’ll be supplied with a round polarizer and lightweight barrier drop-in. These might be dropped in and launched from the aspect of the filter closest to the lens. Should you’re not utilizing the polarizer, you may drop within the gentle barrier, which is just an empty filter ring that seals the rear of the holder to gentle. To change these filters, you simply must pinch the 2 purple tabs on the high and raise the filter.

Haida provides a number of filters to suit this part of the holder together with ND, Grad ND, CPL, and their Clear-Night time filter. These are a lot faster to drop in and launch than their 100mm companions, so in the event you’re trying to shortly and simply make use of an ND or CPL filter, it might be price investing in these and going for 100mm filters on your graduated choices. 

The Included CPL

If you buy the fundamental package (I like to recommend beginning right here), Haida consists of their M10 Drop-In CPL. This filter is encased in a light-sealed holder and has a easy dial on high to rotate the CPL with out transferring the remainder of the holder and doubtlessly having to re-align your graduated filters. As somebody who has at all times used less-developed methods, this can be a characteristic I actually recognize. 

The 100mm Slots

On the entrance aspect of the holder, you’ll discover two slots for 100mm filters. Haida additionally features a third set of those in case it’s worthwhile to actually stack some filters. Once I inserted my first filter into the holder, I discovered that it was a little bit stiff, and I needed to drive it considerably. Nevertheless, after a couple of insertions, that grew to become barely looser, and I can now get the filters in with out an excessive amount of stress. 

I can solely foresee one small subject with these slots, and it could solely seem in excessive conditions. There’s a small (maybe half-millimeter?) hole between the 2 filters mounted on the entrance. In extraordinarily vivid or side-lit conditions, there could also be potential for reflections to happen. Thus far, I haven’t seen something of the type. After all, you might cowl that hole with a chunk of gaffer’s tape or just defend it along with your hand if it turns into an issue. 

Vignetting

I’ve examined this holder with all the things out to my XF 10-24mm (round 15mm equal) utilizing the included adapter rings and haven’t seen any vignetting in any respect. It is a nice characteristic, as even LEE require a particular wide-angle adapter ring to stop vignetting. I’m presently ready for my 82mm adapter ring and 86mm-82mm step-down ring to reach so I can take a look at this with the Laowa 17mm f/Four for Fujifilm GFX (overview coming quickly!) and can replace you if that one vignettes. 

Pricing

The M10 will not be the most affordable choice in the marketplace and naturally goes to be in comparison with the LEE100 for its worth proposition. At its base configuration (simply the holder, no adapter ring, no filters), it is available in at a couple of {dollars} greater than the LEE100 and naturally, considerably greater than entry-level choices just like the Cokin P system. Which one you go for goes to be all the way down to your use case and the filters you wish to purchase.

If you wish to get the very best deal on the M10, I like to recommend going for the fundamental package, which comes with the drop-in CPL and an adapter ring of your alternative. From right here, you can begin including 100mm filters to the package. Haida additionally provides an Fanatic Equipment and a Grasp Equipment in the event you’re trying to go all in and wish to save a couple of further {dollars}. 

In Conclusion

Total, this can be a nice package that sits nicely and really on the premium finish of the market. The M10 holder itself makes shortly establishing for a shot after which altering filters on the fly an absolute breeze. Haida’s filters (we’ll check out a few of these within the coming weeks) are additionally of remarkable high quality. 

What I Preferred

  • Sturdy development
  • Drop-in round filters in addition to sq. filters
  • Ease of use
  • The drop-in CPL
  • No vignetting, even on my XF 10-24mm f/4

What I Really feel May Be Improved

  • Mild-sealing for 100mm filter part (maybe a clip-on cowl?)
  • A lock to cease the holder spinning if required

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