Singh-Ray 77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads

Singh-Ray 77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads

Singh-Ray 77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads

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Product Highlights

  • Reduces Subject Blemishes and Wrinkles
  • Maintains Overall Sharpness
  • Glowing Effect for Highlights
  • Non-Coated
  • Optical Resin Construction
  • Thin, Aluminum Alloy Filter Ring
  • 77mm Front Filter Threads
  • Leatherette Pouch
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The Singh-Ray 77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads can be applied to purposely reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. It is useful for creating a more flattering result of a subject while highlights as well as contrast is softened and glare is reduced. Additionally, a glowing effect around highlights is created which can further enhance a subject's appearance or produce a desired effect while overall sharpness is maintained.

This filter is constructed from optical resin and features a thin, 4.8mm aluminum alloy filter ring for durability which also minimizes the potential for vignetting while remaining lightweight. The filter ring also includes 77mm front threads that allow for use with other filters that have 77mm rear threads.

  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
  • Softens highlights, contrast, and reduces glare
  • Creates glowing effect around highlights
  • Maintains overall sharpness
  • Non-coated, constructed from optical resin for clarity
  • Lightweight, durable, and thin aluminum alloy filter ring
  • 77mm front filter threads allow for use with other filters
  • Leatherette pouch with microfiber interior for storage and transport
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Singh-Ray 77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads
  • Filter Pouch
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Singh-Ray RFT-401 specs

    Type Diffusion, Soft Focus
    Circular Size 77 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 77 mm
    Filter Thickness 0.2" / 4 mm
    Filter Material Resin
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.6 x 3.6 x 0.8"

    Singh-Ray RFT-401 reviews

    77mm Thin Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Diffuser Filter with Front Filter Threads is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tony Sweet Soft-Ray Filter First, the package: I ordered the Soft-Ray Diffuser and 2 other small items. When I opened the box, the items - including the expensive filter, were sitting on top of layers of bubble-wrap, against the top of the box. (= no protection) At least nothing was broken, but there is an idiot in the warehouse. The filter: Having seen other photographer's photos using the Soft-Ray filter (Including Tony Sweet) I felt it would be a great addition to my efforts. To see the effective stylistic range of the filter, I kept it on for all shots at a public garden near me. I shot landscapes, flowers, bushes, trees, spiders, butterflies, and more. The most notable failures were a hazy feel and a distracting glow around highlights and lighter subjects. This is not at all what I see from other photos online, so in fairness, I assume that a better choice of composition and/or subject matter will make a big difference. There were 2 big things I noticed in my failed shots. Hazy: In fairness, I shot in the worst time of day - Noon-3pm. The broad landscapes looked "hazy". Not at all that nice painterly softness of Tony Sweet's photos using this filter. Glow: Even without bright reflections or sun/sky peeking from behind trees, a lighter/brighter subject can be surrounded by a distracting glow. (See water lily photo) On the other hand, this glow might be desirable as it seems similar to the absurdly expensive Leica Thambar Lens. Just think - a Thambar for 1/25th the price. Suggestion 1: aim for soft, warm light and be aware of bright backgrounds, highlights, and hot spots as they will be amplified by the filter. Suggestion 2: Be aware that a light subject in front of a dark background might end up with a distracting glow around it. Unless you're a Thambar fan. Which I am. Final thoughts: I'm glad I got the filter. I need to be aware of glare/highlights/contrast/and backgrounds even more than usual because the lens can amplify these elements to distracting levels. Since this filter has produced some of my favorite photographs (even though I haven't) I feel it rates a 5. (I will try for the 15th time to get the photos to upload with the review)
    Date published: 2018-10-06
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