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- All of my product pages are meant to reflect my own personal experience with my gear. I use everything I’ve listed! I’ve chosen each piece based upon how they float my boat and make my work, art, travel, comfort and mobility possible. As such, my comments are completely my own opinion. So don’t cry if I’m not objectively droning about this feature vs. that feature and why point-decimal-some-number is going to make a difference in your life. It probably won’t anyway and there are plenty of people who WILL share that data with you. You might enjoy their reviews. Fair warning. What I WILL share is my thought process in choosing my gear, what it does for me, what I love about it… and if there’s something not love, I’ll share that too.
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LuCroit Filter Holder
I’ve always fought using filters. I typically don’t like fiddling with handsy stuff. Hence my not being a painter, a potter, a mechanic, a sewer – or till now, a camera filter user. I don’t even like handling newspapers, with all their folds and print and man-handliness. Blech.
When I started up with Fuji that had to change, because Fuji’s RAW images only go to 200 ISO. That meant using filters if I ever wanted silky water or skies when it wasn’t dark. Sigh.
Enter LuCroit holders, owned by father-son duo Javier and Luca Olmedos in Spain. My friend Barry Blanchard introduced me to both the gear and the guys. I gotta say, both are awesome and have changed the game for me.
The day Barry said “Hey, watch this!”, then in a couple of moves that even I couldn’t screw up, popped that sucker onto his camera… my eyes lit up. THAT I could handle!! So I ordered me up the 100mm simple filter kit and haven’t looked back.
It’s made of some kind of molded material that’s all one piece; it bends, there no screws to fall out, nothing to break. It weighs nothing. This is all HUGE for me, especially when I want to hike somewhere with it. You screw a metal ring onto the lens – then pop everything else on like Leggos, drop your filters in and BAM. You’re done. It’s super fast and easy – I can even pull it off when balancing on granite boulders at Lake Tahoe! That’s saying something in my world.
As of this writing, their website isn’t that easy to navigate (hopefully that’ll change in future!). It’s easy enough to find the 165mm simple kit, but not the 100mm. Hence, here’s the link to the 100mm simple filter holder kit. You’re welcome.
Even though they ship from Spain, my experience was that the shipping cost was reasonable and it arrived quickly. BTW… I’m not an affiliate of LuCroit. Just a happy user. 😀
NOTE: I use the 100mm filter holder. That’s the right size for Fuji. I have NOT used the 165mm size, so can’t report on what that’s like to work with.
These rings screw right onto the lens of the camera..
The holder pops onto the ring…
The glass drops down into these channels (perspective is looking down):
If you need barndoors to deflect low side sunlight, they pop onto the filter holder:
My kit also came with extra filter channels, which you can simply pop on to attach if you need to layer more than two filters: