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#1 Andy Joesoef

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:59 PM

Dear cinematographers, I'm wondering what are some of the great cinema filters B) that would be your weapon of choice. I'm curious for what's good for indoor and outdoor. Any replies would be appreciated!
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:18 AM

What you'll generally want to have in a basic kit, in my opinion is as such:

ND set (.6, .9, 1.2) in both solid and grad (luminance control)
Pola filter (luma control as well as reflection control)
85 Filter (color balancing)
FLD and FLB filter (color correction for floros)
Optical Clear (lens protection, and/or used for smearing crap on to get special fxs, like Vaseline, or toothpaste)

I also like an 81EF filter sometimes, but not really necessary


Those will give you a good starting point. From there you'll eventually diversify into things like Diffusion filters (i love the classic softs and black pro mists) enhancement filters, low con and ultra con filters ect, but for buying they get expensive fast and honestly I don't use them as much as I do an ND grad, or a pola.

There is a book on filters which is very useful to read up on:

Image Control: Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques
by: Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC

http://www.ascmag.co...96&bestseller=Y
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#3 Andy Joesoef

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 01:07 PM

What you'll generally want to have in a basic kit, in my opinion is as such:

ND set (.6, .9, 1.2) in both solid and grad (luminance control)
Pola filter (luma control as well as reflection control)
85 Filter (color balancing)
FLD and FLB filter (color correction for floros)
Optical Clear (lens protection, and/or used for smearing crap on to get special fxs, like Vaseline, or toothpaste)

I also like an 81EF filter sometimes, but not really necessary


Those will give you a good starting point. From there you'll eventually diversify into things like Diffusion filters (i love the classic softs and black pro mists) enhancement filters, low con and ultra con filters ect, but for buying they get expensive fast and honestly I don't use them as much as I do an ND grad, or a pola.

There is a book on filters which is very useful to read up on:

Image Control: Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques
by: Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC

http://www.ascmag.co...96&bestseller=Y


Wow you're a great help ! I'll use your info as a reference. Thanks a bunch
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