Elite Filter Holder
Ease of use
SRB Photographic have created a very well engineered filter holder at a great price, that will last you years and just works ...
After falling while out photographing and snapping my previous plastic filter holder (I’m very clumsy), one of the main features of the new replacement filter holder had to be build quality and durability as well as price.
A large amount of my photography is Landscape/Seascapes so the new filter holder had to be able to accommodate more than one filter at a time and a polarising filter, which put me in Lee and Nisi territory and the cost of the system and filters rocket!
I flicked through a few filter system reviews online and clicked on a few websites that I trust and have used to buy photography equipment before. The first thing that caught my eye when I clicked on SRB Photographic’s website was, NEW IN – The Elite Square Filter System. I was interested and after watching a YouTube video of the new holder and reading all the information on their website, I took the plunge and parted with my hard earned cash, here’s why …
The main deal clincher was the almost entirely aluminium design, with only the filter blades made of plastic, which can be screwed on or off, so easily replaced by new blades also sold by SRB Photographic for under £5. As part of the Elite Filter System you can also buy separately a polarising filter and a 10 and 6 stop ND filter which screw into the centre of the filter housing allowing you then to slide in up to two reasonably priced P Size (85mm) square filters on top, which can be purchased separately or as a kit of three which come as full ND, grads or soft grads which is pretty much all I will ever need for my type of photography.
Another great feature of the Elite System is the rotating mechanism at either end of the holder. Once the Elite Polariser has been screwed into the holder, use the rotating mechanism to rotate the polariser clockwise or counter-clockwise to get a different amount of polarisation, as shown in the video above.
My only slight niggle with the holder, and it is a very small one, is sometimes the round screw in filters or polariser can be a little tricky to unscrew at times using your finger. This only happens if you have screwed the filter all the way in and tight. That said I have always been able to get the filter out using one finger or a thumb with a little effort.
To sum up, the Elite Filter Holder is made so well, I would say in normal use it is almost indestructible, which is always good for someone as clumsy as myself. The holder is very well engineered, has rotating wheels at either side to spin the polarising filter and has very well priced filters, both round and P Size, for anyone like myself who would struggle to afford the premium Lee Filter System.
Very well done SRB Photographic, a firm 5 stars from me and a happy customer.
Click the filter image to see the full Elite range.
(This review is not sponsored – I have bought all the above-mentioned gear myself – SRB Photographic have not paid me a penny and don’t provide me with equipment for review purposes)