Review: Hitech 67mm Filter System | Eric Chan

When I found out my college roommate’s bachelor party was going to take place in the famous Yosemite National Park (Ansel Adams, anyone?), I knew I had to get my gear ready for landscapes.  I normally shoot portraits only, so my landscape gear was lacking. I have a LEE filter system for my Nikon D700 system which I love, but I didn’t want to haul 2.25lbs for the D700 body only.  So first step was to get a smaller camera system.  I sold my Olympus OM-D E-M5 when I got back from Italy because I wasn’t in love with the aspect ratio.  I felt like 14mm wasn’t all that wide and cropping from 4:3 to 3:2 made it even worse.  I heard great things about the Fuji X system so I decide to give it a try and bought a gently used Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm f/2.8-4 off of Craigslist.  I also got a Fuji 35mm 1.4 for casual shooting, but that’s for another post. I got the camera ready, but now I needed some filters.  I knew I wanted graduated filters because all serious landscape photographers use them.  Yosemite National Park is known for its amazing landscapes, I knew I had to get some so I wouldn’t have any regrets of cheaping out after coming back.  So the hunt began. I’ll be honest, I mainly settled on the Hitech filters due to price.  When I searched for LEE filters for the D700, the price differential wasn’t very big, so I went with LEE.  However, with LEE’s Seven5 system costing significantly more (and harder to find in stock), I decided to give Hitech a try despite mixed reviews on their larger filters.  I figured with the entire system being so cheap, it would be a small gamble…….

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