Articles tagged "filters"

Hoya Solas infrared neutral density filters launch in USA

Hoya has launched new USA-exclusive Solas infrared neutral density filters, touting their consistent color balance across the density range. Read more

Lee announces very hard neutral density grads for seascapes

Lee Filters has announced a new range of neutral density graduated filters that have an extra hard transition from dark to clear, making them suitable for shooting seascapes and scenes in which the horizon is very flat. Read more

Fotodiox introduces extra large WonderPana Free Arc system for Canon EF 11-24mm wide zoom

US accessory manufacturer Fotodiox has announced an XL version of its WonderPana Free Arc filter system designed specifically to allow users of the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM lens to use filters over the front element. Read more

Lee introduces 15-stop Super Stopper neutral density filter

Lee Filters has announced a 15 stop neutral density filter, able to convert what would normally be a two-second exposure into one that lasts 17 hours and 4 minutes. The new Super Stopper reduces the amount of light entering the lens to enable especially long shutter speeds in normal daylight conditions. Read more

This one goes to 11: Aurora Aperture announces 'world's most powerful' variable ND filter

A California-based company called Aurora Aperture has introduced a variable density filter that can cut up to eleven stops of light, an amount it claims is more than anything else on the market. The Aurora PowerXND 2000 has a rating of ND 16-2000 or ND 1.2-3.3, meaning that it can reduce exposures by between 4 and 11 stops. Read more

Sigma demos WR Ceramic lens filter strength with impact test

In a newly released video, Sigma tests the strength of its line of protective ceramic lens filters. Putting claims of toughness to the test, the video shows a 49g / 1.7oz metal ball dropped from a height of about 1.3m / 4ft onto the WR Ceramic Protector as well as three competing lens filters. Read more

Hoya uses antistatic coating to repel dust and water for new Fusion series

Japanese glass manufacturer Hoya says it has created a new coating that prevents dust, water and fingerprints from sticking to the surface of its filters. The company claims the coating acts like a 'force field' around its new Fusion series of filters, protecting them from stains as well as scratches. The idea behind the coating is to make the filters easy to clean and to reduce the chance of damage while in use or storage. Read more

Breakthrough Photography claims X3 CPL is world's sharpest circular polarizer

Breakthrough Photography, a San Francisco-based startup, is seeking funding for what it claims is the 'world's sharpest and most color neutral circular polarizer,' the X3 CPL. This polarizer is constructed with Schott B270 optical glass from Germany, MRC16 and nanotec coatings, a weather-sealed brass Traction Frame, and new American-made CrystalVision CPL film. Read more

Hoya HD3 lens filters claim to be 4x stronger than optical glass

Kenko Tokina USA recently announced the Hoya HD3 series UV and Circular Polarizer lens filters. According to the company, the filters are 4 times stronger than optical glass, and offer a 99.7 percent light transmission rate. Read more

Cokin announces Nuances range of ND filters

Filter manufacturer Cokin has introduced a new range of neutral density filters that it claims are free of color casts and which block infrared light. The Nuances range comes in sizes to fit the company's Creative Filter System holders, from M (P) to XL (X-Pro), and in six different strengths. Read more

Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system

Updated The Lee Filters SW150 Mk ll filter holder system for especially wideangle lenses is now shipping, and Lee has announced pricing for the holder, the adapter rings and the filters. The system is designed to allow filters to be held in front of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED wideangle zoom without vignetting and uses a light seal to prevent reflections on the filter's rear surface. Read more

Snapseed 2 update brings new filters and tools

Google has updated its popular photo editing app with new editing features and a fresh UI.

Lee Filters introduces updates to super-wide SW system to fit more lenses and reduce flare

A new version of the Lee Filters SW150 system holder has been introduced that allows compatibility with a broader range of extreme wide angle lenses, and which has been designed to reduce the impact of reflections from the rear surface of fitted filters. The Lee Filter SW150 Mark ll now allows the existing 150mm-wide filters that were developed for the original SW150 to be fitted to four lenses using model-specific adapter rings - with more on the way. Read more

Novo to produce filter range using sapphire crystal and Gorilla Glass

A new filter manufacturer called Novo is promising a range of filters that will be made from super-durable sapphire crystal and Gorilla Glass, which should have enhanced scratch resistance. The company also claims its filters will have extremely thin brass frames, and will feature 'superior coatings'. Read more

Instagram introduces five new photo filters and management button

The popular photo sharing application has just added five new filters.

Tiffen launches 10-stop ND range to prevent red-tinted long exposures

Tiffen has introduced a new range of neutral density filters that aim to allow stills photographers to shoot extreme long exposures without incurring the red colour cast that is so common with ND filters. The XLE series comprises three 10-stop ND filters with differing infrared-cut characteristics, ranging from none in the XLE Axent, to moderate in the Advantix and complete IR suppression in the Apex. Learn more

Sigma announces liquid-repellent filters and clear glass protectors

Optical manufacturer Sigma has expanded its portfolio of lens filters with the introduction of four new models, three of which feature water and oil repellent coatings. The new coatings have been applied to the company's ultra violet and circular polariser filters, as well as a new clear-glass protector. Read more

Should You Use a UV Filter on Your Lens?

Some photographers use UV filters while others do not. Who is right? I set out the pros and cons as I see them.

Can cheap filters damage your lens? A cautionary tale from Roger Cicala

Can cheap filters damage your expensive lenses? LensRentals' Roger Cicala decided to look into the possibility, after seeing a number of lenses returned with odd circular scratches on the front element. His investigations provide a cautionary tale against skimping on buying a new protective filter after buying an expensive lens. Click through for a link to his full article.

Cokin revamps square filter lineup as 'Creative Filter System'

Cokin has announced a complete overhaul of the branding and packaging of its square filters. The existing different-sized ranges ( 'A', 'P', 'Z-Pro' and 'X-Pro') have been rebranded into a single 'Creative Filter System', with the four sizes relabelled 'S', 'M', 'L' and 'XL'. Gone are the old bulky plastic storage boxes too, replaced by a slimmer 'SlidePack' design which takes up half the space, and uses a microfibre-lined sleeve to help keep your filters clean. Photographers nostalgic for the good old days can breathe a sigh of relief though - old classics such as Tobacco Grads and Sunset filters are still in the catalogue.

App update roundup: Fhotoroom, Hipstamatic, Perfectly Clear

Some of our favorite apps are rolling out major updates.

Filters range from vintage to futuristic and can be applied during video upload.

BlackBerry 10 video shows Instagram-like filters

The latest operating system from RIM will have built-in lo-fi editing tools.

Star Rush: Our fascination with filters

What draws us to the old-fashioned filters found in so many photography apps today?

Flickr app update adds photo filters

Flickr updates iOS app with 16 filters, also improves desktop navigation.

Twitter introduces photo filters

Twitter officially joins in the photo filter frenzy. 

EyeEm app updates with new camera capabilities

Latest update from EyeEm includes new filters and more camera features.

Facebook adds photo filters too

Facebook's latest iOS app update includes filters for photos.

Visual Supply Co's VSCO Cam app offers image filters before compression

Software maker Visual Supply Co has created the VSCO Cam iOS camera app, to go alongside its 'VSCO Film' film simulation software. The $0.99 app works with both iPhone and iPad cameras, offering ten filters and a series of simple editing tools, including Grain, Fade, Contrast and Fill Light. It also makes it easy to share the images via social networks. Unusually, the app applies its filters to the pre-compression camera output. The company's blog features a selection of images taken on the launch day of the app, to give a taste of what its users can do.

Filter maker 84.5mm announces its first range of photographic products

Slovakian startup 84.5mm has announced it range of filters for photography and cinematography. The company's name is a reference to the size of its filters, which are designed to be compatible with Cokin's 'P' filter holders. Initially 84.5mm will offer a series of predominantly handmade ND Grads and colored filters, made from CR-39 (often called 'organic glass').

Filters after the fact: Digital split ND filters versus HDR

Both digital graduated neutral density filters and single image HDR Toning, as well as multi image HDR processing, can effectively even out the exposure within images that have areas that are far too light or too dark. Certain situations may lend themselves more to one approach than the other.

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