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Fotodiox announces WonderPana 145 and 66 filter kits for wide-angle lenses

By dpreview staff on Dec 6, 2012 at 02:20 GMT

Adapter and accessory maker Fotodiox has announced two adapters to enable the use of filters with wide-angle lenses that have large convex front elements. The WonderPana Filter systems are based around adapter hoods that allow 145mm circular filters or 6.6" rectangular filters to be used, via an adapter. Each system comes with a lens cap that mounts on the hood, allowing the lens to be stored and protected without needing to repeatedly remove the adapter hood. A variety of adapter and filter kits are available for a range of Super-wide and Ultra-wide lenses.


Press Release:

Fotodiox Introduces Two WonderPana Filter Systems, and its own Signature Line of High-Quality Filters for Professional Photographers

Leading photography distributor expands offering, manufactures its own line of camera filters for professional photographers and videographers

Waukegan, Ill. – Fotodiox (www.fotodioxpro.com), a leading lens adapter and accessories manufacturer and distributor, today introduces the WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. Designed to work flawlessly with the WonderPana Systems and compatible with others on the market, Fotodiox also introduces its new PRO line of ten neutral density filters. These ingenious lens filter systems represent the first products in the new “Wonder” line of original products planned for release by Fotodiox in the coming year.

Fotodiox’s WonderPana Systems are ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers, as well as analog and digital filmmakers who are looking to better manage lighting balance. A lens hood filter system designed for Super Wide Angle (SWA) and Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses, they 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

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 the typical glare and unwanted reflection issues often found in other designs.

“By introducing the WonderPana Systems, we are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “With the new Wonder line, we are bringing more innovative, quality products to the market and giving photographers the tools they need to capture amazing shots.”

WonderPana 145 Filter System
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.

WonderPana 66 Filter System
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.

PRO Filters
Six of the new PRO filters are available in Fotodiox’s exclusive 145mm round format, similar to a traditional round screw-in filter, only much larger in size. These 145mm filters, in concert with the holding system, enable full coverage of the protruding front-lens elements inherent in SWA and UWA lenses in the following filter types: Multi-Coated UV, Circular Polarizer and 4, 8, 16, and 32 ND filters.

Fotodiox is also releasing four 6.6” x 8.6” 4mm thick, rectangular-shaped Graduated Neutral Density 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. Fotodiox’s revolutionary new filter offerings will enable photographers and filmmakers to achieve balanced horizon shots in camera, eliminating the need for tedious post-production editing.

Availability & Pricing
The 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.

As a complement to the WonderPana System, Fotodiox is now taking pre-orders on the WonderBurst HSS-8000, a 1/8000 high-speed sync wireless remote flash trigger compatible with any camera flash or strobe. The WonderBurst HSS-8000 kit includes the receiver and transmitter, and is priced at $79.95. A Sony NEX version, without high-speed sync, is also available for pre-order now for $49.95. The WonderBurst NEX allows the Sony NEX 3 & 5 Series cameras, with proprietary NEX hot-shoe, to remotely trigger a flash with a standard hot-shoe. The WonderBurst Systems will also be released October 15.

For more information and to place an order, visit www.fotodioxpro.com.

Comments

Total comments: 32
Footloose1949
By Footloose1949 (Jan 6, 2013)

From what I know of the Olympus 7-14mm version, there certainly 'seems' to be enough space between the back of the lens, and the actual lens element, into which filters could be slotted.

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Stefan Lindgren
By Stefan Lindgren (Dec 25, 2012)

Filters for Sigma 8-16mm an overview:
http://www.stockholmviews.com/sigma_8-16/sigma-8-16mm-filters.html

Rgds/Stefan

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PatrickP
By PatrickP (Dec 7, 2012)

The UV filter option is for people who are paranoid about scratching the front element on their $2K Nikon 14-24.

Worth considering for people who shoot around salt water, sand, snow and ice. the new lens cap also elminates the need for the original plastic cover which falls off all the time and scratch the hood.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Dec 7, 2012)

Someone said once, "if you can stick it in front of the lens, it'll sell..." and this seems to be true all along. This system looks just like Cokin re-invented... also with all the Cokin-related problems.
But maybe it will be fun for some, even with all the post-processing "competition".

2 upvotes
Guy Jacobus
By Guy Jacobus (Dec 6, 2012)

I would like to order Fotodiox in Europe but it does not seem to be available here. Any ideas?

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BBbuilder467
By BBbuilder467 (Dec 8, 2012)

According to the rep who responds on their website, they will ship worldwide, no problem.

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semorg
By semorg (Dec 6, 2012)

LOL! Oct 15? This is hilarious. Dpreview is going downnnnnnnn..... It's almost as if NY Times reported the presidential election's results today: Obama Won!

How newsworthy would that be. I agree this product is interesting. But don't push it out as a news release. Spend 30 min and do a proper and insightful post about it.

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Austin B
By Austin B (Dec 11, 2012)

We landed on the moon!! WOOOO!!

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malabraxis
By malabraxis (Dec 6, 2012)

I wonder what the cost will be for the circular polariser? Using a polariser on ultra-wide lenses is not always a good idea as the sky will look weirdly unbalanced, and I fail to understand the UV filter as most lenses do a pretty good job from their coating. Most camera's use built-in filters anyway. Anyway, how is this better than HDR sofware?
If you use filters a lot, then fine, but too expensive and cumbersom for the most of us.

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Dec 6, 2012)

Using polarizer on ultrawide (and even on wide) is generally a bad idea as the polarization angle would vary too much across the frame. This thing would be great for grad ND. Don't dismiss UV blockers either -- it is true that those are useless or even harmful in 90% of situations but if you go high in the mountains they may become a necessity. It all sounds like this system is a good match for landscape photography.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Dec 6, 2012)

How about something for the Canon 10-22.

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DimensionSeven
By DimensionSeven (Dec 7, 2012)

For a 16-35 equivalent DX lens the Cokin P system is enough in most cases, unless you stack too many filters (CPL + ND1000 + 3-4 square filters) at the wide end in landscape mode. For those situations the Lee 100mm filter system is more than enough.

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Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (Dec 6, 2012)

If you want a $100 adapter for the Canon TSE-17mm (sans filters & holder), and wish to use Lee Filter products, here's a clever use of the $35 replacement lens cap for the 17mm and a Lee Filter ring adapter $79.

http://ben-egbert-photo.com/?page_id=206

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Higuel
By Higuel (Dec 6, 2012)

Nice! Thanks for sharing! :)

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DimensionSeven
By DimensionSeven (Feb 1, 2013)

Hi! Looks great!
Have you ever tried this with a Nikon 14-24 perhaps?

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aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Dec 6, 2012)

“By introducing the WonderPana Systems, we are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process,” said Drew Strickland...PRO Filters...Multi-Coated UV...???

Perhaps there is a market for some of this, the ND in particular, but the UV does leave me scratching my head, especially with his statement about processing. The two are meaningless together.

I agree with omhaus1, a 10 stop ND would be much better.

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fireplace33
By fireplace33 (Dec 6, 2012)

Looks good!
Some time ago my father made me a custom built adapter for just such a ultra wide angle lens. It has worked well!
Anyone who wants to save a few pennies and is is able to do practical machine work themselves might be interested in the link of that project

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3214933

1 upvote
Higuel
By Higuel (Dec 6, 2012)

Fantastic!
Very well done! Compliments to your father!!!

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omhaus1
By omhaus1 (Dec 6, 2012)

I do not understand why Fotodiox is not offering a 10 stop ND round filter for their holder....

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24hrexposure
By 24hrexposure (Dec 6, 2012)

A 10-stop ND on a very wide lens would show serious vignetting because of the harsh angle near the edges. The effective stops increase with 1/cos(angle of view), so near the edges of the image where the light comes in at 45 degrees a 10-stop is effectively a 14-stop filter.

It would have to be graduated from the center outward to counteract the vignetting, and would only be usable on a narrow selection of focal lengths because of this. I think it makes more sense on most wide-angle lens designs to put the filter on the rear of the lens since they're usually retrofocus, eliminating the vignetting, but don't know of any lenses that offer this feature.

8 upvotes
johnmcpherson
By johnmcpherson (Dec 6, 2012)

A dome shaped filter would eliminate the vignetting however, it would probably cost an arm and a leg to produce...

2 upvotes
xelant
By xelant (Dec 7, 2012)

Take a look at Lucroit's solution. I like the usability and overall quality of the filter adapter and the 165mm Hitech resin filters on my Nikon 14-24mm. Hitech 10-stop ND has a slight colour cast but it's easily controlled via WB adjustments. (I actually have a preset WB setting for the 10-stop ND stored in my camera and I consistently get good results right out of the camera when I use that filter).

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (Dec 6, 2012)

Looks very similar in function to the Lee SW150 which is available today.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Dec 6, 2012)

But with much wider lens compatibility compared to specialised Lee SW150.

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gipper51
By gipper51 (Dec 6, 2012)

Released October 15...next year?!

Why even announce a product that's a year away let alone offer pre-orders ?

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 6, 2012)

I think it's October 15th 2012. We weren't sent the release when it was first announced but it seemed interesting enough to run anyway.

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Higuel
By Higuel (Dec 6, 2012)

Then, probably, the text should be corrected.

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GoremanX
By GoremanX (Dec 6, 2012)

erm... I can only imagine the glare such a filter would cause if the sun is even slightly in front of the camera (even if not in the frame)

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RudivanS
By RudivanS (Dec 6, 2012)

Sorry, but it almost looks as ridiculous as those pimped out DSLR video cams.

1 upvote
Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Dec 6, 2012)

^ For those of us that are concerned more with how we look with our gear rather than what are gear can do

19 upvotes
malabraxis
By malabraxis (Dec 6, 2012)

Totally true!

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johnmcpherson
By johnmcpherson (Dec 6, 2012)

Some people buy a camera for the technology while others buy one for the art.
I personally don't care what the camera looks like, as long as it achieves my artistic goals...
And of course, there are those that make a living with a camera. Then it's about commerce.

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Total comments: 32