The H&Y K-Series 100x150mm and 100x100mm Universal fit magnetic filter holder is one of the most feature-packed filter systems I’ve seen.
I was recently impressed by the NiSi V6 filter holder; it’s a beautifully designed piece of kit and refines all filter systems holders that I’ve seen before. But, the K-Series is something more.
The company, H&Y, already launched their magnetic filter system a couple of years ago, but now with the K-Series it’s been refined and is more usable than ever.
H&Y has honed in on all the good parts of their system and refined anything that caused an issue.
Let’s start by looking at the setup, it pretty straight forward but there are a few quirks that could baffle some.
Fitting the holder to the front of the camera lens is much the same as any other system with an adapter screwed into the lens thread. Then the holder clips in place over the top with two screws to hold it in place. These screws also stop the holder from swivelling around.
Filter in place and a common feature these days is to have an integrated CPL. This is fixed in place and can be lifted and swapped from the system as required. Through this test, I found it was best to leave it in place, as it only seemed to enhance images.
The filter holder comes with the CPL, an 82, 77 and 72mm adapter and is suitable for 100x150mm and 100x100mm filters.
Normally with filter holders you slot them into the system, it’s pretty basic but this is the way filter holders have been designed for many years.
However here with the H&Y, the filter is popped onto the front of the system, as the filter makes contact with the holder the magnetics hold it in place; you can then lock the filter with the knob on the side. Once done, the filter is held solid.
That all sounds, and is easy enough. But, one filter is ok, but what about stacking?
Don’t worry with the standard being three stacked filters with other filter systems, the same is true here. Further Grad’s can then be placed onto the existing filter, and again the magnet holds it firm.
The magnetic bond between the two filters is tight so that no light will leak into the images. Or, at least checking through the images, there’s no worrying signs. If you want to pop that third filter on then that’s perfectly possible, it all works seamlessly.
To further prevent light leek, H&Y has put foam/velvet pads at the top and bottom of the holder; this protects the filter as you slide it up and down to get the position and also stops any light from getting in.
The design is considered and precise.