This year at NAB, leading filter manufacturer, The Tiffen Company, introduced four new lens filter lines that enhance the camera image. With the advent of 4K digital camera technology, cinematographers and DP’s are looking for creative solutions to work with larger sensors and the hyper-realism resolution associated with these new cameras.

IR Variable ND:
This filter line is a unique, versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters and an Infra-Red transmission blocker all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, the IR Variable ND is being sought in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small, lightweight and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box. These filters provide 2 to 8 stops of light control. They also have have a wider output optic to help reduce vingetting at wide angles. When you consider the IR blocking they provide along with the depth of field control they offer, you have a very useful tool for any camera operator.

Black Satin:
These lens filters have been designed to soften excessive sharpness and add a mild contrast reduction to smooth out unwanted blemishes and wrinkles. They also mute halation as compared to the Satin. The effects of these filters give a matte look to textured surfaces and a delicate glow to highlights. They also soften details in a unique manner, while adding a subtle granular contrast reduction. Made of water white glass, they are available in densities of ½, 1, 2, and 3.

You can create a subtle new look with a slight softening of contrast and a luxurious pearlescent halo around highlights with this new line of filters. Want to take the edge off you image while reducing blemishes on talent and adding softness to image highlights? This is the line for you. The Pearlescents create a special atmosphere. They are made in densities of 1/8, ¼, ½, 1, and 2.

These lens filters are designed to soften excessive sharpness and add a mild contrast reduction to your image, while smoothing out unwanted blemishes and wrinkles and a light constant halation. You will give a silky smooth look to textured surfaces and a glow to highlights with these filters. Made of water white glass and in densities of ½, 1, 2 and 3.


Below is a video from Studio Daily that goes through them.