Because of no ideal combination between the square filter and its holder, I used to prefer buying Nikon 16-35mm lenses than Nikon 14-24mm. For another reason, in my opinion, the best filter so far is Lee. Unfortunately the Lee SW150 holder system is not good, there is a wide gap between the filter and its holder. It has light leak which, of course, affects the result of the photo.
Some brands, like LucrOit and WonderPana, produces better holder than Lee for the light leak problem, but they use a bigger size filter (165mm). As the Lee-fans-boy, I only want to use a holder that supports 150mm Lee filter. Long story short, I found the NiSi 150 Holder System.
This product looked pretty good in shape, so then I thought it’s worth to try.
Here is my review for NiSi 150 Holder System:
This is what I did to cover the disadvantages of NiSi holder. Simple and easy.
To avoid the filter fall from the slot, I added the black duck tape on the two opposite sides of the rim lens. It is more than enough to prevent the filter fall from the slot.
I added extra foam on the outer ring of the holder to reduce the gap between the holder and the filter. Foam with 1,5 mm thickness is enough. This foam art is easy to find and available in many different colors, but I chose black of course.
Another problem is done, now there is no more gap between the holder and the filter.
Let’s move to another problem. There is a big question coming up, where is the fix point for mounting this holder on the lens collar?
NiSi give the manual instruction to answer this. They also provide extra square thick foam in the package. Let’s see the manual below.
Now, if you can understand the manual, you would notice a risk that the hood would touch the filter and leave scratch that no one would expect. Besides, every single time you want to mount the holder with the filter this is what you have to do: you have to bring that extra foam, then you put it first on the holder, put and tighten the holder on the lens collar, take off that extra foam, and finally you can put the filter on the slot. Sounds complicated? Yes, I agree…
This is what I did to fix this problem.
First, I cut the 210gram-art carton where you can easily find. I used two layers art carton like in the picture below.
After that, put the filter on the first slot.
For safety reason, put the extra foam in front of the filter.
After that, put the holder upside down. Then put the lens on it.
Now I got the ideal position for the holder so I do not have to worry the filter would get scratch because there is a little gap (as thick as two layers of the Art-carton) between the hood with the filter.
To mark this position, I used the bumper that is generally used for vases, glass, etc. What important is the bumper is thick enough and adhesively strong.
I pasted six bumpers around my lens collar for marking the ideal holder position. After this, I can assemble and release the holder easily.
What about the vignette? Let’s see the JPEG pictures below, taken straight out of camera. For this, I use Nikon D750 + Nikon 14-24mm, shot at 14mm, f/2.8, and object distance is 50 cm.
I believe you will agree that there is no significant difference about the vignette produced with or without holder.
Now here is the sample result taken outdoor with NiSi holder + Haida Graduated ND. Vignette is processed using Adobe Lightroom 5.6.
So to conclude my review, until now, this NiSi holder is probably the best buddy for Nikon 14-24mm lens. It needs only little adjustment to make it more effective and efficient to be used. Special recommendation for they who adore 150mm Lee filter as much as I do, NiSi 150 Holder System is the best mate. *cheers*