Plug-in filter systems from Rollei, the combination of a filter holder, base ring, adaptor ring for different lens threads and the appropriate graduated filters and grey filters, are the ideal choice for any photographer, who wants to turn his hobby into a passion. Yes, rectangular filters are somewhat more difficult to transport and the initial attachment of a plug-in filter system to the lens requires somewhat more time than the use of our screw-on filters / circular filters. But owing to the smart features and compatibility of the filter holder systems with almost all filter manufacturers, lenses and wide angle lenses, as well as the high quality of our different rectangular filters and the multi-coated, reflection and distortion-free and dirt-repellent 2-mm filter glass made from Gorilla® glass, this is fully justified. Once they are installed, filter holders and slide-in filters are impressive due to their high degree of flexibility, fast filter changes and better options for combining polarizing, ND and graduated filters. No matter whether they are vertical or horizontal - the 100-mm and 150-mm filter holders enable various combination options and adjustments on the most diverse lighting conditions, horizon lines, exposure times and desired effects. The time and effort invested will be reflected in your pictures and will differentiate them from the flood of digitally reworked RAW files. Working with plug-in filter systems involves dealing with the subject again - with the building, the person or the landscape that you shoot. Addressing lighting conditions, the dynamic range and thus the contrasts and differences of brightness in the scene, picture design and picture aesthetics is what makes the work with our plug-in filters so fascinating and sustainable. But for this they have to meet numerous requirements and quality standards. We at Rollei include our filter holders and compatible grey and grey graduated filters of the Mark II and Rock Solid series as part of Slow Photography. We have always geared our photo accessories to the requirements of professional photographers and adhered to and made use of extraordinarily stringent quality controls.
Consequently, Rollei - easy lock system, compatibility and high-quality filter glass
Our filter holders with the easy lock system, facilitate simple, stable and fast attachment of the 100-mm filter holder to the front thread of your lens. By contrast, the 150-mm filter holders are simply and quickly pushed onto the hood of the relevant lens and secured. Foam strips on the back of all of our ND filters prevent unwanted scattered light. Spare foam material is included in the scope of delivery of our filters. In addition, the different filter sizes and filter holders make an ideal adjustment to different lenses and vertical and horizontal alignment possible e.g. when working with wide-angle lenses. The filter holder systems were manufactured from super lightweight aviation aluminium and have precise clamping rails and/or slide-in modules, which accommodate up to three filters smoothly and reliably. In this way you control the filter effects and lighting conditions in the best way possible. The 100-mm filter holder sits firmly, steadily and without any play on the base ring, which is mounted on the lens, and into which a circular polarising filter can be integrated as an option. An adaptor ring for different lens threads enables the attachment of the filter holder to otherwise incompatible lenses if necessary. In addition you can clearly hear the 100-mm filter holder clicking into place thanks to the easy lock system so that there is no danger that the filter holder and the plugged in photo filters fall victim to gravity due to a faulty connection. The simple, trouble-free positioning of our filter holders also prevents the picture section, which was previously carefully adjusted with a lot of effort, or the focal length from being shifted due to squeezing the adjusted lens again, as we expect of customary filter holders, which must be pressed in or screwed.
In principle we recommend that our plug-in filter systems always be used in combination with one of our tripods. That will make a better, steadier hold possible, which is indispensable for blur-free photos. In addition, certain exposure times, which are indispensable for stunning and creative photo moments at night or for long exposure during the day with ND filters to shoot water surfaces with a velvety soft effect, for example, or to create a moving light, cannot be implemented without a tripod. Also adjustment of a graduated filter requires steady and exact alignment with the horizon line in each case. Our filter holder systems are compatible with filters of the following manufacturers: Lee, Formatt Hitech, Haida, Nisi and Cokin Creative Filters as well as with our own rectangular filters, of course, which you can buy from us as Mark II & Rock Solid grey filters and grey graduated filters. In addition you will obtain practical plug-in filter sets from us so that you are prepared for all eventualities, without having to spend a long time looking for individual components.
Besides, our Filter System Check helps you to find the matching plug-in filters and filter holders for your lens. The most popular variants are the 100-mm filter holders with a base ring. Plug-in filter systems are suitable for numerous lenses. In addition adaptor rings for the 100-mm filter holder enable attachment of the most popular filter holder to 52-mm, 55-mm, 58-mm, 62-mm, 67-mm, 72-mm and 77-mm lenses. The appropriate adaptor rings are included in all 100-mm filter sets. Adaptor rings for lenses with a filter thread diameter of 37 mm, 40.5 mm, 43 mm, 46 mm and 49 mm are available.
100-mm plug-in filter sets - filter holders, filters and accessories
- Mark II Advanced 100-mm Filter Holder Set -, Mark II 100-mm Soft GND8 Gradient Filter (3 stops / 0.9), Mark II 100-mm Reverse GND8 Filter (3 stops / 0.9) & Mark II 100-mm ND1000 Filter (10 stops / 3.0) - ideal for sunrises and sunsets
- Mark II 100-mm Grey Filter Set for Long Exposure – 100-mm filter holder, Mark II 100-mm ND8 Filter, Mark II 100-mm ND64 Filter & Mark II 100-mm ND1000 Filter - optimal long exposure for flowing and wiping motions
- Mark II 100-mm Universal Pro Starter Kit - Mark II 100-mm Soft GND8 Gradient Filter, Mark II 100-mm ND8 Filter, Mark II 100-mm ND64 Filter, CPL Filter for 100-mm filter holders and adaptor rings - optimal for landscape photographs, architectural photography and city skylight shots
- Mark II 100-mm Starter Kit – 100-mm filter holder, Mark II 100-mm Soft GND8 Gradient filter, CPL Filter for 100-mm filter holder and adaptor rings,
The 100-mm filter holders + graduated filters and grey filters are the most popular screw-on filters in the professional field but also for beginners in filter photography. They are impressive due to their high degree of compatibility with popular lenses, for which the adaptor rings included also provide. However, for wide angle and super-wide angle lenses you should resort to the 150-mm filter holders. You can also buy these in our online shop individually or as a set.
150-mm plug-in filters & filter holder for wide-angle lenses as a set
The 150-mm filter holder and filter sets can do what the 100-mm system frequently doesn’t manage: they cover a wide shooting range of possible optical wide- angle perspectives.
You can obtain the 150-mm professional filter holder in six different versions for the popular wide-angle lenses in each case from Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Pentax, Sigma, Olympus, Schneider-Kreuznach and Sony. With the adaptor ring for 150-mm filter holders for Nikon and Tamron you can also screw the 150-mm filter holder to the wide angle lenses of the two manufacturers with 77-mm and 82-mm lens threads.
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Tamron - consisting of Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, Mark II 150-mm ND8 filter and a filter holder for Tamron 15 mm – 30 mm
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Nikon - consisting of a Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, Mark II 150-mm ND8 filter and a 150-mm filter holder for Nikon 14 mm – 24 mm
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Canon - consisting of a Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, a Mark II 150-mm ND8 Filter and a filter holder for Tamron 14 mm
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Sigma consisting of a Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, a Mark II 150-mm ND8 Filter and a 150-mm filter holder for Sigma 20 mm D1.4 DG
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Olympus - consisting of a Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, a Mark II 150-mm ND8 Filter and a 150-mm filter holder for Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm
- 150-mm Filter Holder Set for Phase One - consisting of a Mark II 150-mm Soft GND8 Graduated Filter, a Mark II 150-mm ND8 Filter and a 150-mm filter holder for Phase One 28mm AF f/4.5
Why use plug-in filter systems? - Structure & functionality
Especially photographers, who focus on landscape and architectural photography and thus on those subjects, for which one can and must often allow oneself time, should sooner or later invest in a high-quality 100-mm and 150-mm plug-in filter system. Once it is attached to the lens, a filter holder with inserted rectangular filters provides more flexibility and combination options than circular filters, without the occurrence of vignetting. Also, due to their functionality, special kinds of filters are available exclusively in the form of a plug-in system. That applies particularly to our grey graduated filters. Nevertheless, with our 100-mm filter holder you don’t have to do without the function of a polarising filter / CPL filter because this filter holder can be comfortably placed between the filter holder and base ring as a CPL filter for 100-mm filter holders, so that you can even combine a total of up to four photo filters without any problems.
So, after you have attached the camera to one of our tripods and adjusted the focal length and the image detail, now attach the filter holder to the base ring quickly and free from any play thanks to the easy lock system. No more screwing and pressing. Simply latch it in audibly and you’re off. Now you can combine up to three ND or GND filters of different strengths, by simply plugging them into the filter modules quickly, supplemented by a polarising filter that can be integrated as an option in the filter holder itself. Rollei’s filter holder is also compatible with plug-in filters from other popular manufacturers so that you can use it immediately due to the popular adaptor rings provided and the adaptor ring set that can be selected as an option. It doesn’t matter, with which lens or which filter manufacturer it is used.
The greatest advantage of a plug-in filter system is that you only need a few seconds to change the filter once the filter holder is mounted on the base ring. That is an enormous advantage in the case of sunrises and sunsets where you don’t have much time to try different filter combinations of graduated filters and grey filters. The same applies to quickly passing cloud formations. Two further obvious advantages are that you can even work with graduated filters and that you can combine up to four filters (including a polarising filter in the filter holder) without a problem. With the combination of screw-on filters usually at the latest the third screwed-on filter intrudes into the picture, whereas filter holders are very narrow and thus provide more flexibility and freedom with respect to picture design and aesthetics.
A plug-in filter system consists of three main components:
- a 100-mm or a 150-mm filter holder
- a base ring, if necessary a 100-mm and a 150-mm adaptor ring
- rectangular filters, e.g. grey graduated filters or ND filters from our company
Then, the CPL filter and the adapter ring set can be supplemented as an option.
100-mm plug-in filter system instructions in the abbreviated version:
- Screw the suitable adaptor ring onto the lens thread for the lens of your choice
- Screw the base ring onto the adaptor ring or directly onto the lens thread
- Now, attach the filter holder (whether it is horizontal or vertical can be decided later since the filter holders swivel)
- Now, insert up to three rectangular filters of your choice
150-mm plug-in filter system instructions in the abbreviated version:
- Slide the filter holder onto the lens hood and tighten it (whether it is horizontal or vertical can be decided later since the filter holders swivel)
- Now, insert up to three rectangular filters of your choice depending on the filter holder
Combining plug-in filters:
- The circular polarising filter (only for the 100-mm filter system) is in the filter holder itself, thus it is closest to the lens. It is only in this way that you can adjust it by rotating it and set the desired intensity of the colors and/or filter out reflections by means of the viewfinder, even if the filter holder is mounted. In the case of the 150-mm filter holders a rectangular polarising filter is inserted into one of the filter slots.
- Next, we recommend plugging a grey filter into the filter holder. This should be pushed into the first filter slot to the lens.
- Last, thus completely at the back of the filter holder, the grey graduated filter is pushed in, and it can still be adjusted easily for height in order to adapt it to the subject and the horizon line, without having to adjust the other filters again.
Advantages of the Rollei 100-mm & 150-mm plug-in filter systems:
- Securely fastened to the base ring thanks to the easy lock system of the 100-mm filter holder
- Ideal for sunrises and sunsets or fast-moving cloud courses
- Better combination options
- Once they are installed, filters can be changed quickly and flexibly by inserting them
- Grey graduated filters are available exclusively as part of a plug-in system
- The 100-mm plug-in filter system is easily adjustable to various lens diameters due to the adaptor ring.
Mark II & Rock Solid - grey graduated filters & grey filters for 100-mm & 150-mm filter holders
The grey filters and grey graduated filters of the Mark II und Rock Solid series have small yet subtle differences and many thing in common. The difference lies in the multiple coating. Both filter series are treated with a high-quality, colour-neutral and dirt-repellent coating, which prevents reflections and optical distortion and withstands mechanical stresses. The Luminance Coating of the Mark II series and the Unbreakable Coating of the Rock Solid series differ only in one small detail. In addition to colour neutrality, light transmission and the prevention of optical distortions and unwanted reflections, the Unbreakable Coating of the Rock Solid series guarantees as well that the filters can fall from a height of up to 1.2 meters (the typical operating height with tripods) between 3 and 10 times without breaking. And it would not be the first time for even the most experienced filter photographers that the filter falls down while it is being inserted. Thus, the Rock Solid series is intended for operational areas with extreme temperature conditions, which limit the motor activities of the photographer for the most diverse reasons, e.g. because he wears gloves in the Arctic or handles his equipment with sweaty hands when the weather is very hot. Otherwise, the filters are very similar and you don’t have to make any decision that will compromise the areas of image quality or colour neutrality.
Mark II professional rectangular filters are available in the 100-mm and 150-mm systems as polarising filters, grey filters or grey graduated filters in different strengths and forms.
Rock Solid professional rectangular filters have been available so far only as part of a 100-mm plug-in filter system as grey filters and grey graduated filters.
Characteristics of the Rollei plug-in filters
Not only do lenses made from Gorilla®* glass withstand the harshest environmental conditions but they are also amazingly resistant to scratches and mechanical stress. This special quality is produced by a very elaborate process: The blanks are dipped in an extremely hot alkaline solution, which sets a special ion exchange process in motion. In the process, the surface of the innovative photo filter gains considerably in tension so that the emergence of tears, superficial scratches and material splintering is effectively prevented.
Rollei rectangular filters are made of 2-mm thick Gorilla glass®* but exhibit the best optical characteristics, when they are confronted with contamination due to water, fat, oil or dust. This special glass from the USA cannot be put off its stride even by the strongest energy source on our earth. The sun can strongly affect the rectangular filters, without causing damage, material changes or softening in the process.
The outstanding characteristics of the glass material with regard to freedom from distortion and light transmission are not impaired by the finish but are protected to a great extent. The resistance of the Gorilla®* glass is increased even more in interaction with the coating process developed by Rollei. The optical characteristic values of the Rollei photo filters are stipulated exactly and complied with precisely.
Photographic filters of the highest quality
The appropriate procedure is carried out in accordance with Rollei’s specifications and with narrow tolerance values and then carefully tested for quality. In order to achieve the best possible combination of optical quality and mechanical ruggedness this coating is still used in addition to the already extremely high-quality Gorilla®* glasses. Rollei rectangular filters of the newest generation and the highest quality are the result.
Colour fidelity in particular is a genuine quality criterion in premium class filters since it is only with an absolutely colour neutral coating that the optical characteristics of the original subject are also captured on the memory card.
Stringent approximate values for unique filter photography
Our optical approximate values are very strict: The visible range, within which the course of the curve of the colours must behave absolutely uniformly, ranges from 400 to 800 nm. If these results are not achieved, the filter blanks are not approved for further processing. Only the best types of glass become Rollei rectangular filters.
It isn’t only photography purists who prefer this approach. Fans of subsequent digital image processing begin gladly with the highest possible proximity to the lighting ambience found.
High-quality photo filters - Engineered and Quality Controlled in Germany
In order to be able to fulfill the high expectations of professional photographers and discerning amateurs with regard to optical filters from our establishment lastingly the requirements of our internal quality process go far beyond the customary minimum requirements of comparable procedures.
The quality assurance process begins with the development and definition of the optical criteria by Rollei. All of the production steps are tailored to these stipulations from the beginning. Subsequent watering down of the quality guidelines is thus excluded.
Mark II professional rectangular filters are available in the 100-mm and 150-mm systems as polarising filters, grey filters or grey graduated filters in different strengths and forms.