Founded in Berlin in 1947, B+W has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the worlds leading filter manufacturers.
Using only the highest quality materials and state of the art production equipment – B+W products deliver the best quality photographic filters available in the market today.
B+W has also pioneered the way in filter surface coating technology – with its Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) providing highly advanced reflection reduction and top quality protection against scratching, dirt and moisture.
Protection Filters -
Your camera won't allow you to develop clear, crisp photos if your camera lens is damaged or dirty. You can protect your thousand dollar lens with a $20 filter
if you use a UV or haze filter. These thin glass filters are designed to screw onto the end of your camera lens and you can just leave them on to protect your
lens. UV filters can help protect your lenses from dust, moisture and scratches. If your lens is damaged it could cost you quite a bit to repair or replace it.
The filters can also give you added benefits of correction for Ultraviolet light which can show on your film as a bluish cast and can sometimes distort distant
details. UV filters let you correct for the UV effect to varying degrees. They are also useful if you are shooting mountain and marine scenes, as the haze could
affect the color and clarity of the photos. UV filters can be bought for about $20.
Haze Filters Haze. Filters do just what they sound like, they filter out haze which is created by minute particles of vapor and dust. Haze settles in the
atmosphere and can affect distant photographic scenes. Haze forms when sunlight is scattered by minute particles of matter that exist in the air. Atmospheric
conditions have an effect on the amount of haze in the air. Mist, fog, smog, smoke and clouds are all different than haze. Green and red light are scattered by
haze, but not as much as ultraviolet radiation, violet and blue light. If you use filters to absorb scattered sunlight you can penetrate the haze. Any filter that
can absorb scattered sunlight can be considered a haze filter.
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B+W UV Haze 010 F-Pro Filter
B+W UV Haze 010 Filter (Slim)
B+W UV-415 (2B) UV-Blocking Filter
B+W 420 UV-Blocking Glass Filter
B+W Ultraviolet (UV) Filter
B+W Digital Pro Multi-Coated (MRC) Ultraviolet (UVa) 010 Glass Filter
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B+W XS-Pro Pro Clear 007M Digital Multi-Resistant Coated (MRC) Glass Filter
B+W XS-Pro Digital Ultraviolet (UV) Multi-Resistant (MRC) Coated 010M Glass Filter
B+W 486 Digital UV/IR Blocking Glass Filter
These filters are used to reduce or eliminate reflections. They are ideal for photographing through glass or water as the glare from water tends to be white. Polarizing filters can also reduce the effects of haze and darken the blue sky image in black and white and color photography. There are various polarizing filters available to increase color saturation in a photo without altering the hues of image colors, but there are only two principal styles. One style fits over your camera lens, while the other is made to be used over the source of light. They don't affect color, that's why polarizing filters and screens are used in both black and white and color photography. There are two pieces to a polarizer. The front part rotates so you can change the angle of polarization. If you look at the blue sky through a polarizer and rotate it, the sky appears to get darker and then lighter. These filters range in price from about $15 to $800. They come in various sizes.
B+W Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter
B+W Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter (Slim)
Neutral Density FiltersThese filters are designed to reduce the amount of light coming through your camera lens without changing the color. Neutral density filters can reduce the assorted colors of light in the spectrum. White and colored light is transmitted through these filters and only the intensity of the light is affected. These filters are used with black and white and color film. If you have set your camera to its fastest shutter speed along with the smallest f/stop, but still can't take the photo without overexposing the film, you can use one of these filters to reduce the exposure further. The filters help to eliminate bright, washed out sections of a photo. Neutral density filters usually range in price from about $10 to $350. They are available in various sizes.
B+W Neutral Density Filter 102 DIGITAL-PRO SLIM MRC (ND 4)
B+W Neutral Density Filter 103 DIGITAL-PRO SLIM (ND 8)
B+W Neutral Density Filter 106 (ND 64)
B+W Neutral Density Filter 110 (ND 3.0)
B+W Neutral Density Filter 113 (ND 4.0)
Graduated Color Neutral Density Filters -
Often, you want to balance light intensity between two areas within a scene This is important outdoors to allow more sky detail while properly exposing the foreground. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky, exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and underexposed.
Graduated Color Neutral Density filters are part clear, part neutral density with a smoothly graded transition between. An ND.6-to-Clear is often best for balancing sky to foreground. The neutral gray appearance drops exposure.
B+W Graduated Filter Dark Gray 502
B+W Graduated Filter Red 590
B+W Graduated Filter Orange 524
B+W Graduated Filter Violet 543
B+W Graduated Filter Tabac 550
B+W Graduated Filter Green 561
B+W Graduated Filter Green 561
Color Conversion Filters
These filters are used to balance the color temperatures when you are using certain films under different light sources. An example of this would be using
daylight film under tungsten lighting or vice versa. Color conversion filters are designed to convert the temperature of the film to light or of the light to
film. This will allow all the colors to fall in proper perspective and look natural. These filters are generally available in two series:
B+W 81B Warming Color Conversion filter
B+W 81C Warming Color Conversion Filter (KR3)
B+W 81D Color Conversion Filter
B+W 80B B+W Color Conversion Filter KB 12 SLIM MRC
B+W 80D (KB 6) Cooling Color Conversion Glass Filter
B+W 82A - Color Conversion Glass Filter (KB 1.5)i
B+W 82B Cooling Filter
B+W 82C Conversion Filter (KB 3)
B+W Conversion Filter KB 20 SLIM MRC
Special Effects Filters
There are many types of filters available that are designed to give your photographs special effects. These include filters for special color effects, star
effects, spectral effects, soft effects, mist effects, multi image and multi exposure effects, graduated color, dual color and tricolor effects along with spot
filters, center filters and other special effects filters. These filters are mainly made out of glass and enable you to experiment with your photos or give
them specific effects. The filters are available in various colors, sizes, styles and densities. If you buy extra filters you definitely require a good camera
bag with padding to hold and protect them. They generally range in price from about $20 to several hundred and many of these filters are sold individually or
B+W 6x Cross Screen 686 Star Effect Glass Filter
B+W 8x Cross Screen 688 Star Effect Glass Filter
Soft Focus FiltersDiffusion filters are used to create soften images. A diffusion filter diffuses strong light without
affecting the sharpness and contrast of the image. Thus, it is different from the effect of out of focus. Diffusion filters are mainly used in portrait work. In
general, small skin defects can be eliminated almost completely, and facial contrast and wrinkles are soften. To create a better result, the aperture should be
opened up so that the subject can stand out well against the background
|Soft does not mean unsharp
In spite of the fact that the effect of soft focus attachment is related to unsharpness, it should not be equated with it. That is because good soft focus
attachments only “coat” a so-called core image that remains very sharp with a subtle veil of unsharpness, so that soft-focus photos can be rich in details. It
is exactly this delicate combination of approximately 70% to 90% sharp with only ¡0% to 30% of an unsharp blend that creates its pleasant charm. In some types
of soft effect filters, there is a noticeable reduction of contrast that results partly from refraction and partly from light scattering by the struc
-ture of the surface. This can make a contribution to the soft focus effect that is at least equal to that of the finely coated veil of unsharpness.
It’s better to over-expose
In descriptions of the effects of soft focus attachments, reference is frequently made to flare, light fringes or halos. That implies that the subject is
bathed in light. The friendly effect of such soft focus photographs also has something to do with our fondness for just the right amount of pleasing light.
That amount of light can only appear authentic if the picture’s light-colored portions are really bright. That in turn means that the original exposure should
not be too dark, but preferably a bit over (by approximately
B+W Soft Image Glass Filter
B+W SF Attachments Original Zeiss Softar 1 and 2
B+W Fog Attachments Fog 1 and Fog 2
B+W Color Enhancing Filters
B+W 491 Enhancing Filter (Slim)
Fluorescent filters are used to correct the greenish tone that can show up when you are shooting daylight film under fluorescent lighting. There are various types of fluorescent filters. They can balance daylight film under warm white or white type fluorescent lights and correct the color balance when using tungsten film under fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent filters are basically general purpose filters that are designed for moderate correction. They may not always provide perfect color rendition by themselves. Because fluorescent lights shine at various temperatures they often need more filtration for proper results.
B+W #499 Fluorescent Glass Filter for Daylight Film
B+W KR12 Color Conversion Glass Filter
|Black & White Photography Filters
Filters are often used in black and white photography as black and white are actually produced as tones of gray. Filters are used to make the gray tones look
like the original scene. The sky and clouds often blend together in black and white photos as white, so filters are used to separate the two. A red filter can
darken blue objects more than white objects. So if you use this filter the sky will look black in the photo and the clouds will still be white.
More differentiated greens
Why does the use of a yellow-green filter lead to a much better differentiation of green tones in nature - and landscape photography? Here is the answer: Green can
be a spectrally relatively pure green, but it can also be a blue-green & yellow-green mixture. Whereas pure green is readily transmitted by a yellow-green
filter, an equally bright mixed-color green will have its blue-green component reduced, so that it will appear darker in a black-and-white print, darker than the
gray tone generated by pure green.
Brightness- vs. color contrast
Unlike color photographs, black-and-white photographs only have brightness contrast, no color contrast. That is why in the photography of objects, for example,
things that have different colors but the same brightness will have similar gray values. For instance, when there is a blue toy in the foreground and red dress
with the same brightness in the background, they will be reproduced with the same gray values. This is referred to as insufficient tonal separation.
Colored filters are helpful in such situations. First the photographer must decide which object is to be rendered lighter and which one is to be rendered darker.
Then he can select a filter color that ¡) is similar to the color of the object that is to be shown lighter and that 2) is as complementary as possible to the
object that is to be rendered darker. If the two colors are already nearly complementary, like blue and orange, he selects a filter color that is similar to that of
the object that is to be rendered lighter. If the two main colors are not complementary, like blue and red, a compromise can be used: A blue filter lightens the
blue color, but it also darkens the red color a little. But a green filter could also be used. While it would only lighten the related blue color a little, it would
darken the red color more strongly than the blue filter would. The photographer would have achieved his objective in either case: a good tonal separation with the
lighter gray of the toy and a darker gray for the dress.
B+W 021 Light Yellow Glass Filter (2E)
B+W 021 Light Yellow Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) Glass Filter
B+W 022 Medium Yellow (8) Filter
B+W 023 Dark Yellow (9) Glass Filter
B+W 023 Dark Yellow (9) Multi-ResistantCoated (MRC) Glass Filter.
B+W Bay 3 040 Yellow-Orange (16) Glass Filter
B+W Bay 3 040 Yellow-Orange (16) Glass Filter
B+W 040 Yellow-Orange (16) Multi-Coated (MC) Glass Filter
B+W 041 Red-Orange (22) Glass Filter (For Clouds)
B+W 041 Red-Orange (22) Multi-Resistant Coated (MRC) Glass Filter
Black & White Film Contrast Filters
B+W 60 Yellow-Green (11) Multi-Coated (MC) Glass Filter
B+W 061 Dark Green Glass Filter
B+W Bay 1 090 Light Red Glass Filter
B+W 090 Light Red (25) Multi-Resistant Coated (MRC) Glass Filter
B+W 091 Dark Red (029) Glass Filter
B+W 091 Dark Red (029) Multi-Coated (MC) Glass Filter
Infrared filters are made to block mid infrared wavelengths while allowing visible light to pass through. They are sometimes referred to as heat absorbing
filters and are ideal at cutting through haze. These types of filters are commonly used to prevent unnecessary heating in items which have bright incandescent
light bulbs. Examples of such devices are slide projectors and overhead projectors. You can also get near infrared filters. These types of filters commonly are
used in video cameras to compensate for the high sensitivity of the camera's sensors to near-infrared light. Infrared filters can range in price from about $20
to $450. They come in various sizes, styles and brands.
B+W Infrared Filter 092 (≈ 89 B) [RG 695]
B+W Infrared Filter 093 (≈ 87 C) [RG 830]
B+W Infrared Filter 099 (≈ 16) [OG 550]
B+W 489 Infrared Glass Filter
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