Most landscape photographers love to shoot with filters as they allow much more creative control over your scene and limits the amount of processing you have to do in the end. For those of you that have not tried shooting with filters, you have no idea what you are missing! I have used screw on filters for a long time but I recently became a NiSi Ambassador after using the V5 Pro System. Working with this system for a short period I knew that this was the way to shoot! Although I am an Ambassador for NiSi I give my honest opinions in the review. After all I wouldn't endorse a product that I didn't believe in. So lets get into the details....
Whats in the Kit?
I have the V5 Pro Advanced Kit. The items below are all included..
1 x NiSi V5 Pro100mm Filter Holder including step down rings for 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm adapter ring + C-PL.
1 x Nisi Soft Graduated Neutral Density Glass Filter GND8 (0.9) 100 x 150mm
1 x Nisi Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Glass Filter GND8 (0.9) 100 x 150mm
1 x Nisi IR ND1000(3.0) 10-STOP 100mm Neutral Density Glass Filter
1 x Nisi IR ND64(1.8) 6-STOP 100mm Neutral Density Glass Filter
1 x Nisi IR ND8(0.9) 3-STOP 100mm Neutral Density Glass Filter
1 x Cleaning Cloth
1 x NiSi Air Blower
1 x Nisi Cleaning Eraser for Square filters
1 x NiSi All In One 100mm System Case
The V5 Pro is CNC machine fabricated aluminum with a black matte finish to reduce reflection. It feels sturdy and solid which is nice compared to some other options that are plastic. It holds 3 x 100 mm filters which slide into the pressed clips smoothly while still holding them snug. The filters themselves are made of high quality glass to ensure minimal color cast and limits the loss of sharpness. Each side is polished and multi coated to reduce reflections and flare. Nano coating to both sides reduces streaking from water and improves scratch resistance. The text is laser etched to the surface to prevent fading. The kit comes in a nice hard leather case that protects the filters and has plastic dividers which makes it easy to get the filters in and out.
First you need to grab a step down ring to the 82mm size of the filter holder. NiSi supplies 67mm, 72mm, and 77mm step down rings with the kit. If you need something other than that you will need to buy your own. After you attach the step down ring to the adapter you can screw it onto the lens. NiSi has come up with an ingenious way to add a polarizing filter to the mix if you want to use one as well. The kit comes with a thin polarizer filter that can screw on to the adapter and fits between the lens and the square filters which allows you to still use 3 square filters in addition the the polarizer. The adapter has a small wheel that allows you to rotate and position the polarizer without having to take the kit apart. Once you have the adapter and polarizer in place (if you choose) you put the filter holder up to the adapter and pull a little knob out the move it into place and release. The knob clips the holder on and you are ready to put the filters in. The filters are slid into the clips on the holder which are snug to ensure the glass stays in place. Watch the video below to see how to assemble the V5 Pro system. Big thank you to Seth Duimstra for helping with the video!
So far the GNDs have very little cast if any at all and work as expected. The CPL cuts glare and adds some vibrancy. The three stop reverse GND is one of my favorites. It is designed to help you control your exposure when the sun is close to the horizon. It works perfectly allowing you to keep details in the sky and foreground. Shooting sunrise and sunsets will never be the same! The filters are easy to clean and I have yet to experience any scratches. I am very careful with my gear though.
Overall the NiSi V5 Pro Filter System is a great addition to any landscape photographers bag. Initially the setup and assembly could be a bit tricky for those who have not used a square filter system but once you get it; it is very easy to work with. I love the design and build quality; especially the design for the polarizing filter! I will leave you with a few shots taken with the NiSi filters below. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below and I will get back to you soon!