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Schneider 4 x 4" HD Classic Soft 1 Filter

B&H # SCCS1H44 MFR # 68-090344
Schneider 4 x 4" HD Classic Soft 1 Filter


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Product Highlights

  • Creates An Old-Hollywood-Type Image
  • Blends Small Blemishes and Wrinkles
  • Maintains Overall Sharpness to the Image
  • Takes the Edge off Ultra Sharp HD Lenses
  • Doesn't Make Shot Appear Overly Diffused
  • Adds a Soft Glow to Highlights
  • Prevents Overexposure in "Blown" Venues
  • Brings a Romantic Touch to the Shot
  • Water White Glass
  • Can Combine With Other Schneider Filters
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The 4 x 4" HD Classic Soft 1 Filter from Schneider is a special filter that creates a unique type of "In-Focus Diffusion". In the style of famous Hollywood portraits of Garbo, Dietrich or Betty Davis, this filter diffuses without making the subject look overly softened. Overall sharpness is maintained irrespective of the degree of filter used. When shooting near bright venues such as windows, the HD Classic Soft will prevent the shot from being overexposed by controlling contrast.

This effect is created through Schneider's use of hundreds of Micro-Lenslets. The area of the filter surface that has a lenslet diffracts the light while the clear areas pass light unaffected. The result is a softened image that has a gentle glow to the highlights that minimizes blemishes while also adding a romantic feel. This filter is best used with longer lenses but can also be used in combination with other Schneider glass filters for even more creative control. The 1 HD Classic Soft filter is the strongest grade available for this filter. Diffusion is maximized although you still will hardly notice it. The image is romantic and reminiscent of a 1930 or 40 photo. Blemishes are blended in a flattering way. No highlights are blown out and contrast remains constant. Sharpness remains constant and although the image has been diffused, the overall effect looks relatively undiffused.

It should be noted that with full frame sensor cameras, each filter will be one grade milder than a traditional Classic Soft filter. For example - an HD Classic Soft 1/2 will behave the same as a Classic Soft 1/4 on a full frame camera. With smaller sensors, 2/3" and smaller, the HD Classic Soft strengths match that of a full frame camera with a Classic Soft being used. For example, an HD Classic Soft 1/2 on a 2/3" camera will give a similar effect to an Classic Soft 1/2 on a full frame camera.

A Schneider filter is manufactured to very high standards such that this filter can be exchanged or switched between cameras with no concern for consistency of filtration.

Water White glass is characterized by a high transmission quality. Typically, it will transmit 98-99% of the light. It also features an anti-glare and anti-reflective quality that makes it useful in a wide range of uses including the movie theater industry, store and art displays. The glass is virtually defect-free and is becoming more and more prevalent in digital equipment.

Note: This filter is available in strengths of 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1

Especially useful for HD shooters - allows shooting in all HD formats, including 1/2", 1/3" and 1/4" chip cameras without fear of artifacts (the creation of visible lenslets when using wide angle lenses)
Adds a very subtle glow to highlights
Prevents overexposure in bright light
Maintains contrast control
Adds a romantic look to image
The number of Micro-Lenslets per square inch determines the degree of softening and the grade of the filter
The water white glass is diamond cut, ground and polished to exacting standards so that consistency from filter to filter remains uniform. It is possible to exchange filters from A to B cameras without fear of a lack of consistency or filtration
Type HD Classic Soft
Size 4 x 4" (100 x 100m, 4mm thick)
Grade 1
Filter Factor Not Specified by Manufacturer
Multi-Coated Not Applicable
Rotating Not Applicable
Effect Adds a subtle glow to highlights
Minimizes blemishes and wrinkles
Maintains sharpness
Does not make image look overly diffused
Application HD photography
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction Water White Glass
Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Schneider 4 x 4" HD Classic Soft 1 Filter
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