Haida recently sent me their new M10 Filter holder kit for review. I tried to spice up our review video with an interesting photoshoot and ended up destroying our Nikon D850 in a rogue wave.
What is the Haida M10 Filter Holder Kit?
The M10 system is a filter holder kit that can hold up to three filters at once in front of your lens. The kit costs $195 and comes with four parts; a filter holder adapter ring that can be swapped out to fit your favorite lenses, the filter holder itself that snaps to the adapter ring, a circular polarizer, and a light barrier that is used as a placeholder when you don't want to use a circular filter. On the front of the filter holder are slots to hold two rectangular filters (not included) and one circular filter in the back.
What Is It For?
Many different types of photographers enjoy using filters but landscape photographers typically use them most and like stacking them. This system allows you to combine a graduated neutral density filter (used to tone down a bright sky) with a circular polarizer or solid neutral density filter (used to lengthen exposure times) effortlessly. Not only does this kit make staking filters easy, it also makes swapping or focusing with dark filters easy because the filters can be removed easily without disturbing the camera.
Is It Worth It?
Like most pieces of photography gear, this is pretty specialized and if you're the type of photographer who already enjoys shooting with and stacking filters, you'll love the M10 filter holder. I don't shoot with filters very often but when I do, I'm usually shooting with a 5-10 stop neutral density filter. Normal circular ND filters can be extremely cumbersome to use because they are often too dark to see through to focus a scene. Unscrewing an ND filter before each shot to frame and focus is extremely annoying and the M10 system solves this.
The main M10 kit is $195 but that only includes a polarizer and not any of the ND filters I used. If you're in the market for multiple filters, buy one of the larger M10 Kit from B&H.
What Happened to My D850?
We normally have a battery grip on our D850 but for this shoot I removed it, exposing the connectors on the bottom of the camera. After only a few minutes the port was already extremely corroded. When we got home I was able to clean out the corrosion using a knife and clean water. I got the camera working again that night but the corrosion continued and the next day the camera was dead again. I'm going to try to buy some electronics cleaner but if that also fails I will have to send the camera back to Nikon for repair.
Yesterday, during another shoot, our D750 died as well (we aren't exactly sure why). That was our last Nikon camera. The only still camera left is the Sony A7III. I guess it's official, I've switched to Sony, at least for now.