Polar Pro has just unveiled the new Summit filter system for landscape photographers: a re-design of the standard filter holder that features several innovative design elements, prompting Polar Pro to call it “the industry’s most refined landscape filter system.”
As usual, we don’t know about the marketing hyperbole, but it’s clear Polar Pro put a lot of thought into the Summit system.
Both the filters and the holder were made to be easy to handle and use in the field. The holder is made from aluminum rather than plastic, and features a slot for an integrated circular polarizer and rails for your square filters, all of which can be installed and locked into place tool-free.
The filters themselves are made out of fused quartz glass with 16-layers of coatings, and feature aluminum frames with clear markings, making it easy to identify the right filter and preventing finger prints when handling or installing them.
The whole system screws onto your lens using special aluminum “thread plates” that allow for 360° of rotation without coming loose from the filter holder itself. And just for good measure, there’s a snap-on hood as well.
The Polar Pro Summit filter system is available as a Base Kit that includes the holder, hood, and a case for $250, or as a Landscape Kit that includes the Base Kit plus two thread plates, an ND64, an ND4 Grad filter, and the circular polarizer for $700.
Thread plates are available in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, and 95mm sizes for $35 each; ND filters are available in ND8, ND64, ND1000, and ND100K for $200 each; Soft Gradient filters are available in ND4 and ND8 for $250 each; and, finally, the circular polarizer will run you $150 on its own.
To learn more about the Summit system, head over to the Polar Pro website.