I was so fortunate to be asked to perform a test on the new Kase Wolverine K75 1.1mm thick filters and it will surprise you how light they are, how tough they are, and most importantly how well they perform optically.
As a professional Landscape and Documentary photographer that has spent the last 30 years photographing the Icelandic Highlands and Lowlands, where you can expect weather changes every 15 minutes, from rain to sunshine, frost and snowstorm I simply have to have the best filters on the marked, as they are big part of my photo gear.
After I got my K100 filter gear I found what I was looking for and now they have made it even thinner and lighter without losing any quality. The new K75 are still shockproof and made of only 1.1mm KW optical glass, it is not just shockproof, scratch-resistant, but also waterproof and have no color cast. What it means is that I can travel lighter with full quality.
When I opened the box, I was impressed by the professional packing. It included the lightweight aluminum alloy 6063 filter holder, The slim CPL for K75 optical glass+ polarizing coating + aluminum alloy 6063+magnet. The magnetic adapter ring 67mm/62mm aluminum alloy+ magnet. A pair of recycled plastic slots for 1.1mm filters and a nice Soft Pouch to store them in.
The K75 holder system like the K100 system has an innovative solution to the problem of using circular polarizers with slot-in systems. Rather than being mounted as the last filter, making it large and allowing the possibility of light being reflected into the lens, the Kase solution is to mount the polarizer at the back of the system, allowing you to have up to three Neutral Density or Grad filters in front of the polarizer. The polarizer is mounted to a geared lens adaptor ring, that is then turned simply by using a gear on the holder when attached to your camera. To mount the polarizer, it’s simply a case of placing it into the geared ring magnetically, removing the hassle of trying to screw a polarizer into place. The CPL is specifically designed so that it can be removed even with the holder in place.
When you are shooting for the best possible images you tend to buy the best lenses in front of your professional camera. It means you must get the best glass and not some cheap ones (or resin) in front of an expensive lens, and that’s where KASE come in. They deliver quality clear shots with good sharpness and no color cast. The sharpness of the Kase filter are way above anything I’ve ever used before and it does not hurt that you are only using one or two wipes to get the rain drops of them. As I live in Iceland, I ‘m using the filters in extreme weather condition all year round. In winter when my fingers are blue of cold it’s no problem to put the polarizer magnetic filter on and if you drop them to the sharp lava stones they don’t scratch or brake. It has happened to me.
Kase K75 System is perfect for Mirrorless cameras.
I took the filters to the Highlands of Iceland to a beautiful place called Rauðibotn where I started the K75 test. It is an old Volcano Crater with extreme colors . On the way I shot one waterfall called Axlarfoss.
From there I went down to the seaside in a different part of Iceland, to a place at Reykjanes Peninsula called Kirkjuvogsbás for the evening light.
Next morning I went to a place called Snorrarstaðtjarnir to capture the morning light.
Well what can I say?