Holder System How-To

This how-to guide deals with the physical function of the holder system. For a detailed discussion on how to use filters like a pro, click here.

Before you begin

Install filters into the vaults

Slip the filter into the vault, then rotate the wine coin into the closed position. We recommend that you leave the filters in the vaults permanently.

Using the Filter System

1. Attach the Adapter Ring

Once you’ve reached your shooting location, and the camera is on your tripod, install the adapter ring by threading it onto the front of your lens.

2 Install the Holder System

Slip the system over the adapter ring and tighten the thumb screw.

3 Dial in your Polarizer

Look through the lens and adjust the polarizer until it’s providing the results you desire.

Removing the Polarizer

Remove the polarizer if it is not needed.

    Remove the holder system and open both red latches

    Remove the holder system and open both red latches

    Position your hand to catch the polarizer, then invert the system.

    Position your hand to catch the polarizer, then invert the system.

    If the polarizer doesn’t immediately fall out, give the bottom of the polarizer ring a gentle poke - but be careful to not leave fingerprints.  

    If the polarizer doesn’t immediately fall out, give the bottom of the polarizer ring a gentle poke - but be careful to not leave fingerprints.
     

    4 Installing the ND Filter

    The first slot in the holder system creates a light tight enclosure for ND filters. The ND vault features a small handle that allows you to install and extract the ND vault from the holder system, even when a grad filter is installed. This feature is crucial, because it allows you to compose your shot completely, then drop in a dark ND at the last moment before shooting. The handle of the ND vault should be on the right side when viewed from the photographer’s POV.

    5 Grad Filters

    The middle and outside slots are for graduated filters. Use the innermost grad slot first. Only use the outer slot if you are using a second grad filter.

    • Slide the Grad Vault into the slot until you feel resistance. The coin should be on the right when viewed from the front.
    • Push the button, allowing the vault to move freely within the slot.
    • When you find the ideal position for your grad filter, simply release the button and the vault is locked into position.
    • Pro Tip, some users put an empty ND vault in the first slot to make the system more light tight when not using an ND.

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    Rod Clark