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Hoya Star 4X Filter (82mm)

Hoya Star 4X Filter (82mm)

B&H # HOS482 MFR # HR-82STAR4

Key Features

  • Overall Softening Effect
  • Control Direction Points
$6499
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Hoya 77mm 4x Cross Screen Star Effect Glass Filter
$3495
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Hoya 82mm Star-6 Filter

B&H # HOS682 MFR # S-82STAR6-GB

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Six Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend from Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$4490
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PolarPro 77mm QuartzLine Bluemorphic Streak Filter

B&H # POBM77 MFR # 77-BL-MRPH

Key Features

  • Emulates Anamorphic Lens Flare
  • Adds Blue Streaks to Specular Highlights
  • Cinema Series German Optical Glass
  • 16-Layer Multicoating
$12999
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$1490
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Hoya 55mm Star-6 Filter

B&H # HOS655 MFR # S-55STAR6-GB

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Six Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend from Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$1690
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Hoya 67mm Star-6 Filter

B&H # HOS667 MFR # S-67STAR6-GB

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Six Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend from Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$2811
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Hoya Star 4X Filter (67mm)

B&H # HOS467 MFR # HR-67STAR4

Key Features

  • Overall Softening Effect
  • Control Direction Points
$3499
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Hoya Star 6X Filter (82mm)

B&H # HOS682Z MFR # HR-82STAR6

Key Features

  • Softens Image
  • 5mm Thickness
  • Aluminum Frame Construction
$6499
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PolarPro 82mm QuartzLine Goldmorphic Streak Filter

B&H # POGM82 MFR # 82-GLD-MRPH

Key Features

  • Emulates Anamorphic Lens Flare
  • Adds Gold Streaks to Specular Highlights
  • Cinema Series German Optical Glass
  • 16-Layer Multicoating
$12999
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B+W 67mm Cross Screen 8x Filter

B&H # BWCS867 MFR # 65-064420

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Eight Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend From Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$5760
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Kase Blue Streak Filter (67mm)

B&H # KABS67 MFR # 1125000001

Key Features

  • Streak Effect Filter
  • 2-Point Streak
  • Optical-Grade Glass Construction
  • Rotating Aluminum Ring
$7495
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Hoya 52mm Star-6 Filter

B&H # HOS652 MFR # S-52STAR6-GB

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Six Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend from Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$1650
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Hoya Star 4X Filter (49mm)

B&H # HOS449 MFR # HR-49STAR4

Key Features

  • Overall Softening Effect
  • Control Direction Points
$2299
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$2499
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Hoya Star 4X Filter (55mm)

B&H # HOS455 MFR # HR-55STAR4

Key Features

  • Overall Softening Effect
  • Control Direction Points
$2499
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B+W 62mm Cross Screen 8x Filter

B&H # BWCS862 MFR # 65-077555

Key Features

  • Starburst Effect from Point Light Source
  • Eight Primary Diffraction Spikes
  • Spikes Extend From Light Source
  • Optical Glass Construction
$3395
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Expected availability: 6-10 weeks

Hoya Star 4X Filter (77mm)

B&H # HOS477 MFR # HR-77STAR4

Key Features

  • Overall Softening Effect
  • Control Direction Points
$4999
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Vaxis VFX 95mm Streak Filter for Tilta Mirage Matte Box (Blue)

B&H # VAVFX95BSF MFR # VFX21-18

Key Features

  • Light Point Source Streak Effect
  • Slips Easily into Matte Box
  • Lightweight at 1 oz
$5999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Vaxis VFX 95mm Streak Filter for Tilta Mirage Matte Box (Orange)

B&H # VAVFXOSF MFR # VFX21-19

Key Features

  • Light Point Source Streak Effect
  • Slips Easily into Matte Box
  • Lightweight at 1 oz
$5999
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Vaxis VFX 95mm Streak Filter for Tilta Mirage Matte Box (Rainbow)

B&H # VAVFXRSF MFR # VFX21-20

Key Features

  • Light Point Source Streak Effect
  • Slips Easily into Matte Box
  • Lightweight at 1 oz
$5999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Vaxis VFX 95 Star-Cross Filter

B&H # VAVFXSCF MFR # VFX21-22
$5999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Vaxis VFX 95 VI Line Star-Cross Filter

B&H # VAVFXVLSCF MFR # VFX21-40
$5999
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Hoya 67mm SPARKLE 4X Filter

B&H # HOS4X67 MFR # S-67SPKL4X

Key Features

  • Creates Moderate-Size 4-Point Stars
  • Stars are Created on Point Light Sources
  • Rotates to Control Star Points
  • Slim Aluminum Filter Ring
$6190
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Hoya Star 8X Filter (82mm)

B&H # HOS882Z MFR # HR-82STAR8

Key Features

  • Softens Image
  • 5mm Thickness
  • Aluminum Frame Construction
$6499
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Hoya 77mm SPARKLE 4X Filter

B&H # HOS4X77 MFR # S-77SPKL4X

Key Features

  • Creates Moderate-Size 4-Point Stars
  • Stars are Created on Point Light Sources
  • Rotates to Control Star Points
  • Slim Aluminum Filter Ring
$7490
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Using Star Filters and Streak Filters in Your Photography

Star filters and streak filters are glass filters used in photography. These optical effect filters feature special optical glass with strategically etched lines. When you place these on your camera, they create dramatic effects centered on light sources and bright points. These photography accessories can also create a soft filter effect. Although there are many different variations of these filters, they all rely upon the principle of diffraction. Diffraction causes star and streak effects as the wave pattern of light spreads when passing through a small opening.


Types of Star Filters

There are a few different types of star effect glass filters. You can choose star 4 filters, star 6 filters, or star 8 filters. The number represents the amount of rays emanating from the light source. For example, a star 8 filter creates eight rays of light bursting outward from any light source in your shot. Star effect filters have two layers of glass and only one layer has the etched lines. You may need to rotate the filter and experiment with your aperture to create the desired effect.


Using Streak Filters

Streak filters operate under the same principles as star filters, but they create a different effect. The lines on streak effect filters are straight, and they don't feature cross-screen lens filters in the same way as star effect filters. Light sources stretch out in lines, creating a dramatic and interesting streak effect. You may prefer to use a streak filter rather than an anamorphic lens, because it's a much simpler way to create the same effect.


When to Use the Filters

Many photographers may prefer to use these filters at night, especially in cities with interesting and vibrant light sources. Using these filters, you can create amazing effects by photographing street lamps, neon signs, and other urban light sources in the dark. These filters also create fascinating effects when photographing jewelry, as they help create sparkling, vibrant images. They can generate incredible effects in daylight conditions, transforming sunlight into unique patterns and streaks.


If you're looking for an interesting way to experiment with photography effects, check out B&H Photo and Video for a wide selection of starburst filters and streak filters. You can also find contrast control filters and variable ND filters to build your collection of filter tools.

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