I recieved the NiSi V5 pro filter holder last week and want to take you through the changes they have made with this new filter holder for the 100mm system.
NiSi V5 vs V5 Pro
The V5 pro builds ahead on the already very good V5 filter holder.
All the changes they have made, make the filter holder even better.
One of the things that was fantastic about the V5 was that the CPL could be inserted into the holder and could be rotated with the 2 small wheels on the side of the filter holder.
This was one of my favorite features . The only thing was, that the CPL was a bit tricky to install.
It screws into the adapter ring, but there wasn’t a lot of space for your fingers. Meaning that you were mostly touching the filter with your fingers, and thus it needed cleaning.
With the new V5 pro filter holder this is solved.
They have updated the design so that the place where you insert the CPL is raised a bit. Meaning there is more space for you to hold the filter on the side and screw it into the filter holder. This prevents touching the filter with your fingertips.
If you have read my review about the NiSi V5 filter system, it was hard to put the filters into the system because the screws were pretty tightly fastened. I needed a lot of pressure to insert my filters.
By loosening the screws a bit, it was easier to insert the filters into the system holder.
With the new V5 pro system this problem is also tackled.
The V5 pro features a left-to-right pressed clip system, meaning better protection to the filters and a smoother way to insert them.
And it really is way smoother. It feels more natural to insert the filters now than with the V5 filter holder.
It’s now possible to insert the filters when the holder is attached to the lens, without the danger to press the lens down.
An other thing I notice when comparing the 2 filter holders, is that the new V5 pro is a tiny bit wider.
Also giving a bit more space to the filters, and thus it’s easier to put them into the holder.
Overal build quality
The V5 pro filter system is made of aviation grade aluminium.
When I took it out of the box it feeled more solid than the V5 system. They made an even more rugged system. All parts are CNC machine fabricated and black power coated to avoid corrosion, protect against unwanted light reflections and are made to last a lifetime.
The new V5 pro is a bit bigger than the V5 system.
It now fully encloses the filters, which is a good thing (more protection).
All the other good things about the original V5 system are still there.
It clips perfectly on the lens adapter, it’s still shipped with different step down rings so you can use it on all of your lenses and the leather pouch to carry it all is still included in the package for free.
The NiSi V5 pro system is available now from $ 178 / € 169 on Amazon or via your retailer.
If you still have some questions about the filter holder and how the filters will slide in, have a look at this post.
Here I will show you the biggest concerns: http://www.martijnkort-photography.com/nisi-v5-pro-video/
Update 2 feb ’17
Because the filters are now fully enclosed by the holder it is impossible to remove the first filter if you have 2 or more installed.
This can be a real problem when shooting near the coastline or when shooting sunset, where the light changes fast and you have to be quickly. When you need to change the ND and have a Grad ND installed, it’s not going to be an easy task.
Update 15 feb ’17
After using the new V5 Pro for a few days in Dubai I noticed some light leaks.
Further investigation shows that the filters (when stacked) and the foam on the filter don’t fully press onto each other.
With my holder there is a very tiny gap between the foam of the 2nd filter and the 1 filter. This is because of the distance of the spacers, where you insert the filters in.
This tiny bit of space lead to light leaks when the sun is on your side, shining straight onto the edges of your filters.
Simple solution is to put black tape on the top and bottom of the filters to prevent any light leaks from the holder.