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Our most popular filters are made from lightweight, optically superior polymeric materials which makes them tough, easy to handle and easy to clean. Each resin filter is handmade by our technicians and then passed through rigorous quality control to ensure 100% accuracy and precision.
Resin filters are generally available as Grads (half colour, half clear) or Standards (all colour).
Some filters, by their nature need to be manufactured in glass – Polarisers, some Soft Focus and Neutral Density Standards and are available as 100mm glass filters to fit the standard LEE system.
Thin flexible filters, generally used for colour correction, black and white or soft focus effects. They are only available as Standards, but are considerably cheaper than resin filters in most cases and can easily be cut to fit smaller filter systems.
The 81 and 85 series are technically correct colour conversion filters, changing colour temperature with no added colour cast.
81 is the palest and 85B the darkest.
Coral filters were developed for the movie industry to give accurate colour temperature corrections with a bit of added red.
14 strengths are available, with 2, 3 or 4 being popular choices.
A pale warm-up filter can work wonders for an image, boosting colours or just adding a pleasing glow that may not be present naturally. The trick is not to overdo it, and a little warmth is often all that is needed to make the difference.
These have separate colours top and bottom and can only be made with hard grad transitions.
These have the warm-up over the entire filter, then the ND is overdyed at one end. The result gives a warming effect to both the sky and foreground with the ND balancing the exposure. Can be made in hard or soft transition according to your requirements.
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These filters are less commonly used, but still very popular with landscape photographers.
Soft Focus, Stripe and other effects filters all have a place in the camera bag, though they may not be the ones that you reach for first when arriving at a location.
When using striped filters careful consideration of aperture is important. The smaller the aperture, the more apparent will be the transition from colour to clear.
Polarising filters are used primarily to reduce reflections. This can be useful when photographing skies, water, glass etc.
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screws onto camera lens
attaches to the adaptor ring
slides into the filter holder
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