You can now create most image effects digitally, but some effects are still rather elusive. Even now, digital filters don’t always replicate the ‘optical’ filter effects that photographers are looking for. And sometimes photographers will go to a lot of trouble to get them. And expense.
So that’s the thing with Schneider-Kreuznach’s new creative filters – they cost A LOT. Coming in at just a whisker under £500 each (yes, you read that right), we’d guess they’re designed for professionals prepared to pay to get that unique personal ‘look’ that sets them apart from their rivals. Besides, Schneider-Kreuznach operates extensively in the videography industry, where price expectations are, er, different.
True Net Filters
Schneider-Kreuznach’s True Net filters take an old photography trick and apply it very literally indeed to this new filter design. In the old days, photographers would often stretch a stocking over the lens to create a unique soft-focus look for portraits (really, it’s true), and the company has developed a way to sandwich genuine silk hosiery from the period between layers of glass.
The True Net series comes in Blacks (3 densities), Beige (2 densities) and Grey (2 densities) to create a variety of effects for classic Hollywood glamour through warm and dreamy to muted and natural.
True-Streak Rainbow and Gold
The Rainbow filter merges eight single colours that flow from one to the next to create the look of multi-coloured lens flare on old uncoated lenses. Different lighting will produce different results, ranging from subtle to dramatic.
The Gold filter, meanwhile, produces (predictably) a gold/yellow streak. Other colours are available too, including blue, red, yellow, orange, green, violet, pink and clear. They’re made by sandwiching the coloured layer between two layers of Schott white-water glass for durability and consistency.
More information: Manfrotto/Schneider-Kreuznach website