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Old October 16th, 2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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Filter suggestions for a matte box

Looking for a 4 x 4 filter set for the HD-100. No special effects, just some basic image enhancements.

Anybody have experience with the various filter grades from the main suppliers?

Schneider Optics has a seemingly nice starter set for HD. I have questions about Cavison filters. The difference in price from Tiffen or Schneider indicates a real drop in quality.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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I use a MatteBox a lot of all to add more ND filters. In a bright sunny day you have to close the iris too much, even with the build in ND filters.
A ND-to-Clear is usefull for limiting the light on skies while shooting a house for example.
For the rest, I use Warm Pro-mist 1/2 a lot to create little 'bloom' around white areas of the image. Gives me a more warm film look. One can do it also digitally in post, but a real filter is still better to my taste.
Most of my 4x4 filters are from Tiffen.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 12:35 PM   #3
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Those are interesting suggestions.

The Schneider Optics starter kit contains a circular polarizer, a 3-stop ND filter and something called "Black Frost" which seems to be a beauty effect for skin tones. Does this sound like a good start?

I have a filter set for my old PD-170 which doesn't fit, but I know that the HD-100 has enough differences that the kinds of filters that work for the 170 might not have the right effect.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 04:17 PM   #4
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Those are great filters to have in your kit. You should also include a (warm) polarizer and a ND grad. These are very handy when shooting wide landscapes outdoors.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #5
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William,

We have three mattebox filters that we use religiously for mid day / outdoor shooting. The ND grad for control over skies, Circ. Polarizer for controlling glare and a clear anytime I'm sure the lens may take a hit (dirt, sparks, etc.).

It was rough prior to buying these shooting anything outdoors, they have been a worthy investment. Good luck with your purchase!
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Old October 17th, 2006, 10:13 PM   #6
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Off to spend more money! Thanks for the advice.
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