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Cinematic lens-flare filter comparison

Clearer, sharper, brighter! In recent years, we’ve spent a lot of money investing in expensive camera tech and lenses that produce flawless and crystal-clear imagery (ironically, that’s a dated expression given that we actually want images to be a lot clearer than crystal). But, is it really necessary? Do we really need to remove all […]

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Organic looking images? The K&F Concept Black Mist filter reviewed

Can a filter really help make digital images look more organic/film-like?  We take a look at the new Black Mist filter from K&F Concept. Essentially, the Black Mist filter is designed to add some atmosphere into an image. As if there was a slight fog or mist present. You can see it here in this […]

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This Mirror Lens Filter Lets Models See Their Own Poses

Inexperienced models often struggle in front of the camera because they lack insight into their own appearance. While we all can look our best in front of a mirror, it’s because we can see ourselves. This filter aims to bring that ease of posing to photography.

While also valuable to vloggers, the Reflective Filter looks to be especially helpful for anyone who is unsure of themselves in front of the camera. “Inexperienced models” can be anyone from brane new fashion models looking to start a career or just anyone who is having their photo taken for marketing a business. Companies with a focus on testimonial-style imagery and videos struggle with looking natural on camera because of insecurities involved with their poses and expressions.

Claiming to be the world’s first, patented, mirror camera filter, the Reflective Filter is designed to make being in front of the camera much less nerve-wracking. Co-founder of Excelence Brilliance Indesign (EBI), the company behind the filter, Omar Hammouda says he began as a portrait photographer and videographer and through his experiences of working with “countless” models and influencers as well as his personal experience of trying to vlog, he realized that he needed a real way to make eye contact with the lens.

He says that this product is aimed at vloggers, models, influencers, and small business owners who might not have the confidence to give their best look to the camera either due to inexperience, or they might simply prefer to see themselves when shooting. For those who shoot video of themselves, most rely on a monitor off-camera for positioning aid, but when recording you can’t look at that monitor because it breaks eye contact with the audience. So while a monitor is great for setting up a shot, the confidence-boost that you can get by, essentially, the ability to talk to yourself is lost.

The design is simple: it’s a one-way mirror reflector that also doubles as a polarizing filter. Just like any other filter, it screws on to the front of your lens to immediately turn it into a mirror for your subject supposedly without changing image quality for the photographer. EBI claims there is no image quality loss to images captured with the filter.

The Reflective Filter appears to only be available at launch in the 82mm size, but at least starting that large allows it to be attached to many lenses thanks to widely-available step-down filter threads. The filters cost $50 each as part of the Kickstarter campaign, but EBI plans to retail the finished product for $150. The company expects to ship the filter to backers by June of 2021.

Always remember: Kickstarter is not a pre-order platform. Do your research and back with caution.

Kolari Vision Unveils High-End Drop-In Filters for Canon’s RF-to-EF Adapter

Kolari Vision has just unveiled a line-up of high-end, ultra-rugged drop-in filters for Canon’s special EF-to-RF mount adapter with a built-in filter slot. According to Kolari, not only are these the first third-party drop-in filters actually shipping to consumers, they’re also some of the most durable and high-quality filters money can buy.

While Kolari is first to market, they are not the first to announce a third-party option for Canon full-frame mirrorless users. That distinction goes to Breakthrough Photography, who unveiled their drop-in filters at the beginning of August.

But speaking with Kolari Vision owner Ilija Melentijevic, he tells PetaPixel that there are several important reasons why you might want to consider their options, and not just because you can buy them right now (Breakthough’s filters don’t ship until September 25th).

According to Melentijevic, there are five main reasons the Kolari filters stand out:

  1. Ours is CNC machines aluminum
  2. We use a gorilla glass substrate for the ND filters, the only one of its type.
  3. We’re aiming for the top with our ND filters in general, and have the data to show our 10 Stop is flatter than anything else on the market, even Breakthrough. We’re investing aggressively and won’t stop until we have the best filter in every category.
  4. We offer more options for multi spectral. Breakthrough is offering one 720 filter, we will be offering a series designed for full spectrum cameras including 590, 665, 720, ultraviolet, and our IRChrome. This will open up UV and IR to lenses for which no filter currently exists.
  5. Maybe most distinctly, we are launching in parallel here a clip filter system for the RF mount that can be used in tandem with the drop in, or alone with native lenses, offering potentially two spots behind the lens to put filters for extra combination options.

Alongside these filters, the company is planning to introduce some specially modified and calibrated unfiltered versions of the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, where they put the IR filtration into the clip filter instead of modifying the sensor. This allows for a user-interchangeable OLPF system like some RED cameras have and some Sigma DSLRs had in the past.

A chart comparing the transmission of the various 10-stop ND filters on the market. Credit: Kolari Vision

As of this writing, you can already order Neutral Density, Infrared, Ultraviolet, IR/UV Cut, and IRchrome filters, with a Circular Polarizer and Variable ND filter listed as “Coming Soon.” In terms of pricing, the filters range from $100 for the various IR filters and the IR/UV Cut filter, to $150 for that 10-stop ND filter, all the way up to $300 for the UV bandpass filter.

To learn more about any of these drop-in filter options—and their clip-in counterparts—or if you want to order your own, head over to the company’s website.