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#1 Tim Terner

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 04:02 AM

If you had to pick 4 effect filters to take with you for an unkwown shoot what would they be.
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#2 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:04 AM

I tend to use Tiffen's Low Contrast filters quite a lot. Recently I've also started using the newer Ultra Contrast. I've always had a soft spot for the Antique Suede series - they give such a nice sepia tone. But going to telecine coloured filters are less important.

When I can get it (which is about never) i like Arri's Varicon system to reduce contrast.
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#3 Ken Maskrey

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 10:21 AM

Black Pro Mist 1, Black Diffusion 1/2, 1/4 Fog when I use a fog machine, and some type of star filter.

Edited by Ken Maskrey, 21 June 2006 - 10:21 AM.

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#4 Tim Partridge

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:27 AM

85B, 85N6, 0.3ND and an optical flat!

Keep it simple!

I'd also take a box of homemade nets as they technically aren't filters. ;)
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:50 AM

Not sure where to draw the line regarding effect filters, but outside of basic color-correction & ND, and diopters & optical flats...

...then I'd say that a Pola and ND grad, and some sort of simple filter for mildly softening a close-up in an emergency, like a 1/4 Classic Soft or 1/2 Soft-FX.

If I wanted a diffused look for the whole project, if that was a possibility I had to prepare for, then I'd add a 1/8 & 1/4 ProMist or a 1 & 2 GlimmerGlass.

Favorite all-time effect filter is the 2 Fog, just because it was Geoffrey Unsworth's favorite filter. Have never found a use for one, but I have occasionally used a 1/2 Fog and even that seems heavy by today's standards.

A new favorite which I may start always carrying is the 1 & 2 Smoque, because it helps make inserts match smoked wide shots, plus has a pretty look similar to a cross between an UltraCon and Double-Fog.
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#6 Adam White

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:58 AM

optical flat
1/8 promist
81EF
pola

and a good solid mattebox!!!
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#7 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 02:09 PM

I'd consider ND's, Pola's, 85's and perhaps even Grad's as part of a basic shooting package, not really as 'filters'.
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#8 Ram Shani

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 03:30 PM

what is optical flat???

never hared of it

mybe its called in differnt name here\
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 04:22 PM

An optical flat is nothing, really... it's just clear glass, of high enough optical quality for filter use. Used to protect the front of the lens when shooting scenes with something flying through the air that might hit the lens, like squib explosions, dust & dirt flying around, etc.
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#10 Ram Shani

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 01:41 AM

hi

thanks david its called clear filter here

thanks

for video shooting my 4 are:



for film shooting


1/4 soft/fx

low contrast

pola

ND gruad .9


1/4 black pro mist

pola

1/4 white pro mist

low contrast

why one will take 85 fillter and not use daylight stoke???

Edited by ram shani, 22 June 2006 - 01:45 AM.

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#11 Adam White

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:08 AM

So what is your point?



You are promoting dolly products on a thread entitled "4 favourite filters". I am glad you have a good business and wish you all the best but the company icons to the right have paid for the right to advertise (and help the upkeep of this site) and yet they havent chosen to post random messages on unconnected threads.

Ive heard that people use two polorisers sometimes as a form of ND. Is this a windup or is there fact in this?
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Posted 25 June 2006 - 09:22 PM

When going for a specific look, I always try to achieve it in-camera if I can. Therefor I have a very costly collection of backups for my glassmasters.

1) Antique Suedes (usually #1)

2) Chocolates (#2)

3) Promist (1/2-1)

4) Fog (for a really good halo)
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#13 Michael Collier

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 09:50 PM

Low con
Polorizer
Tobacco Grad
Coral Grad.


Ummmm, can I have more filters? no just 4? weak.

alternate list:

Low Con
High Con
1/4 promist
polorizer

wow. this is really hard now that I think of it. just 4?
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#14 Dan Goulder

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:21 PM

No. 1 choice: NO filtration
82C (or A)
ND 9
Polarizer
Soft F/X 1/2 or 1
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#15 Hamid Khozouie

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:55 AM

Good topic :

Black promist 1/4 , 1/8

Ultra contrast

ND grad 9


Golden sepia
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#16 Mikael Lemercier

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:20 AM

basically: ND, POLA, 85, 81EF. and a really good Mattebox.

Edited by mikael lemercier, 26 June 2006 - 09:21 AM.

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