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Rosco Cinegel #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24" Sheet

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Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24"

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Cinegel filters are meticulously manufactured on a heat-resistant base polymer utilizing a patented deep-dyed technology for heat stability and superior color transmission.

On-line computerized colorimetry continuously monitors color and density against strict standards, thus assuring a reliable and consistent product.

STRAW RoscoStraw Daylight Conversion filters are a series of yellowish amber filters that lower color temperature as needed. Offered as a yellower version of the traditional CTO series and is calibrated to the same color correction and transmission properties.

Color 1/2 Straw (1/2 CTS)
Size 20" x 24" (51x61cm) Sheet
Transmission 73%, -0.5s
Mired Shift +81
Application A yellower (or less red) version of 1/2 CTO. Converts 5500°K daylight to 3800°K. Deep-dyed base.

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Rosco#3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24"
 
4.9

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (19)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (20)
    • Low light (12)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Night time (7)
    • Portraits (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
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    5.0

    good filter

    By usafaviator

    from Omaha NE

    Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

    does the job, good quality

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    5.0

    Perfect for altering flash temperature

    By John

    from Atlanta

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

      Really useful product at a very affordable price. I find this product more effective than the Tungsten flash diffusers. You can layer more than one piece onto a flash to increase the effect but your output will also reduce. Overall, I would recommend this product

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      5.0

      This one worked

      By H

      from REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD_

      Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

      The cto was to orange for my taste, the cts worked better

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      5.0

      It works!

      By Fishmonger

      from New York City

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

        What else can I say? It works!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great for outdoor portraits

        By Martin

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Color Value
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Light
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

          I use a strip of this filter mounted on my flash units for outdoor portraits in the SF Bay Area. The intensity is just right for balancing the blue hues cast onto the model by the morning sky.

          Does not lose much color value even after full flash.

          It is too orange in comparison to daylight, i.e. too orange to be used on sunlit objects. For that, I use Rosco Cinegel #3443 Filter - 1/4 Straw CTS.

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          5.0

          Great little kick of warmth!

          By Micah G Robinson

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Special Events

            Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

            If you're tired of your kicker or bounced lights having a white/blue tint; this is your answer. Love the color :)

            I just cut out the width I need and made it about 7" long, got some wide rubber bands from Staples and they hold my gels on my speedlights securely.

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            5.0

            Works Like a Filter Should

            By carl

            from washington, dc

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

              Does the job of balancing flash color against tungsten light source. Simple but competent. Nothing exotic, but will certainly ease your post-processing duties.

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              5.0

              Innexpensive and effective

              By Mr Hound

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Color Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                  Being new to photography I didn't realize how the flash from a speedlight would affect white balance. Did a quick check and found out about using this to gel the flash. Works great! This particular color warms up my flash to give more flattering skin tones and matches tungsten lightbulbs perfectly. The sheet is way more material than I needed, but since DIY gels are probably not going to last long I'm glad I've got a deep supply. Don't forget some velcro to attach this to your flash!

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By RobS

                  from Indio, ca

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                  I covered up my canon flashes with this filter to balance tungsten light at a wedding reception and it did a great job. It comes in a big role and its easy to cut into the shape needed. Now I'm eager to try different colored filters from Rosco. Great product!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By HOAM

                  from Milford, ct

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                    my favorite gel

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                    5.0

                    Photo Gel

                    By Dave

                    from Florida

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                      I shoot indoor events and parties and use this gel over my 580EX II flash in tungsten light. It works very well and produces excellent results.

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                      5.0

                      plays well with plus green

                      By ginsbu

                      from NYC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                      • Huge

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                      Trying to match flash output to warm CFLs is a pain, needing a combination of warming and plus green gels. I didn't like the results I was getting with CTOs: skin tones were too orange and trying to correct for that caused other problems. CTS passes more green than CTO, making for less orange skin tones and more effective compensation for the fluorescent green spike.

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                      5.0

                      Works Great!

                      By Tim Carlson

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                            Huge sheet of the gel, will last me for a long time.

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                            5.0

                            Color balance your flash gun

                            By NicoR

                            from Montreal,Qc

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                              By adding a piece over your flash gun, you can easily match the tungsten light color and avoid blue shade on your photo. when you use your flash as a fill light under tungsten lightning it is something that you need...

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                              5.0

                              Works as expected

                              By BC Big Guy

                              from North Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                              • NONE

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                              I am using this with speedlights under incandescent lights, greatly improves the skin tones.

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                              5.0

                              more accurate then cto

                              By Naftoli

                              from ny

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                              i now use this instead of cto to balance tungsten light

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                              5.0

                              Exactly what I needed

                              By Bill

                              from Texas

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light

                                Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                                Perfect for warming light from flash or, when doubling the gel, balancing white balance of flash to ambient tungsten light when shooting indoors.

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                                5.0

                                It's a gel.

                                By photoleif

                                from boulder, co

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate color
                                • Cut to size

                                Cons

                                • Fragile
                                • Large

                                Best Uses

                                • Color-balancing

                                Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                                Not much to say here except, it's a Rosco gel. There's a reason Rosco is THE name in this realm. 20x24 is enough for a long, long time if you use speedlights.

                                I use this for color-balancing with small hotshoe-mountable flashes (e.g. 580 EX II), but its large size permits placing it in front of studio flashes with gel frames.

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                                4.0

                                Gel Your Flash

                                By Your Photo Opp

                                from Wood Dale, IL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                                  Simply cut a piece to the shape of your flash and use two small pieces of gaff tape to hold it in position. This was used during a reception for a 50th wedding anniversary and at first I thought it was a waste because the display was showing everything was underexposed but in reality it was tack on. After some VERY minor PP to the images it appeared as if the flash was not used since the 1/2 CTS balanced the flash to the same temp as the room.

                                  The roll is large enough to last for may years.

                                  The only issue to be aware of is to compensate your flash output since you will loose about a 1/3-2/3 stop. This is not a negative just something to be aware of since after all you are defusing the flash.

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                                  4.0

                                  Would buy again

                                  By Don

                                  from Upstate SC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Rosco #3442 Filter - 1/2 Straw CTS - 20x24":

                                      great alternative to full CTO for shooting tungsten indoors

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