Tiffen 52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter

Tiffen 52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter

Tiffen 52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter

B&H # TIIRN3.0HM52 MFR # 52IRND30HM
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Product Highlights

  • Enables Use of ND Without IR Pollution
  • Maintains Color Fidelity
  • For HD Camera Without Internal IR Filter
  • ColorCore Technology
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Tiffen apeX overview

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The Tiffen 52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter is a combination of both a hot mirror infrared control filter and a 3.0 neutral density filter. A hot mirror IRND is ideal for HD cameras, which have greater low-light sensitivity and, subsequently, an increased susceptibility to IR contamination. When using a standard neutral density filter to counter the increased light sensitivity afforded by the HD sensor, the effects of infrared pollution become more apparent. This filter combines an ND filter with a comparable IR control filter to eliminate the spill of infrared light reaching the sensor while still maintaining the extra exposure benefits of a neutral density filter. The hot mirror filtration incorporates a dielectric mirror in order to combat the effects of both near and far infrared regions of the spectrum.

This filter is constructed using ColorCore technology, a process that involves laminating the filter substrate between 2 pieces of optical glass and grinding flat to a tolerance of 1/10,000th of an inch.

Infrared control filter helps to block infrared pollution from affecting the color fidelity of imagery; this enables a wider color gamut and truer colors, especially noticeable in the darker regions of the image.
3.0 neutral density filter provides a 10 stop exposure reduction.
Ideal for use with HD cameras without an integrated infrared-blocking filter.
Hot mirror filter blocks infrared pollution from both near and far regions of the spectrum while allowing all visible light to pass.
UPC: 884613025861
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Tiffen 52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter
  • Plastic Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen apeX specs

    Filter Type Solid ND Combination
    Combination Type IR Attenuation
    Density 3.0 (10 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 52 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 52 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.465 x 2.913 x 0.472"

    Tiffen apeX reviews

    52mm XLE Series apeX Hot Mirror IRND 3.0 Filter is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great filter for long exposure photography. I purchased this filter recently and used it yesterday for the first time. I have many filters and primarily use B+W filters for long exposure landscape photography and I shoot in RAW. I use a 24mm prime lens and 52mm screw on filters. I love the build quality of B+W filters, but it my experience they tend to have a brownish / sepia cast. This is, of course, easily fixed in post processing. Back to Tiffen's product. This filter is slightly more expensive compared to B+W's ND filters. The build quality is slightly lower than B+W's, but it is not cheap feeling or flimsy by any means. The RAW images had no color cast and needed no color correction. I was able to capture a two-minute exposure during a sunset and I was extremely happy with the result. When researching this product, I was unable to find many reviews. The few that I found stated that it is possible to auto focus with the filter in place and I was eager to test this. I frequently do a clumsy dance of focusing, turning auto focus off and screwing on the filter while hoping not to mistakenly adjust the focus. I discovered that you can use auto focus with the filter, to an extent. You must be in very bright light, but it is possible. For the TL; DR summary: expensive, no color cast and you can auto focus in bright light! Great filter!
    Date published: 2016-08-07
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