Fotodiox announces their new WonderPana filter systems for 145mm and 6.6″ filters. Aimed at professional photographers and videographers, the WonderPana system with its large size filters lends itself especially at use with super wide angle and ultra wide angle lenses, being able to cover such lenses’ large front elements entirely. The WonderPana 145 and 66 filter systems mark the beginning of a new “Wonder” line of products planned for release by Fotodiox in the coming year.
Both WonderPana Systems allow the use of Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filters including UV, Polarizer and Neutral Density (ND) filters. The large circular filter design prevents typical glare and unwanted reflection issues. According to Fotodiox’s press release, the new filter systems “are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process[.]” The WonderPana 145 and 66 filter systems are compatible with the following lenses:
- Nikon: 14-24mm FX, 14mm FX
- Canon: 14mm Full Frame, 17mm TS Full Frame
- Tokina: 16-28mm Full Frame, 10-17mm APS-C
- Sigma: 12-24mm Full Frame, 12-24mm II Full Frame, 8-16mm APS-C, 14mm
- Panasonic: Lumix 7-14mm, micro 4/3 format
- Olympus: 7-14mm, 4/3 format
- Korea Lens (Samyang and various private label versions): 14mm Full Frame
The WonderPana 145 filter system includes a metal adapter hood that accommodates the Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filter format. It is compatible with all Fotodiox PRO 145mm filters, including the new 145mm PRO filters. It is also easily upgradeable to the WonderPana 66, allowing the use of industry standard 6.6” rectangular filters. The WonderPana 145 System holder is available with several different filter kit options.
The WonderPana 66 filter system will accept all Fotodiox PRO 145 filters, in addition to industry standard rectangular 6.6” filters from Schneider Optics. The WonderPana 66 System can accommodate two filters at the same time: either two rectangular filters, or one circular and one rectangular filter. Similar rectangular filter systems compatible with LEE (150mm) and Cokin X-Pro (130mm) rectangular filters are also slated for release in 2013.
The following filter types are available as Fotodiox PRO filters in 145mm size:
- Multi-Coated UV
- Circular Polarizer
- 4, 8, 16, and 32 ND filters
Fotodiox is also releasing four 6.6” x 8.6” 4mm thick, rectangular-shaped graduated ND filters in the following grades: ND .6 Soft and Hard Edges; and ND .9 Soft and Hard Edges. These CR-39 based ND filters can weather almost any environment, as they are practically unbreakable and scratch resistant.
The new Fotodiox WonderPana systems are available for pre-order starting today on the Fotodiox website and will be released October 15. The WonderPana 66 System starts at $350 and the WonderPana 145 System starts at $200.
6.6″ filters from various manufacturers can also be bought online from B&H Photo.
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