B+W 58mm Soft Pro Filter

B+W 58mm Soft Pro Filter

B+W 58mm Soft Pro Filter

B&H # BWSP58 MFR # 65-016946
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Product Highlights

  • Soft-Focus Effect
  • Reduces Subject Blemishes and Wrinkles
  • Maintains Overall Sharpness
  • Halation Effect on Highlights
  • Softens Contrast, Reduces Glare
  • Increases Illumination in Shadows
  • Optical Glass Construction
  • 58mm Front Filter Threads
  • F-Pro Brass Filter Ring
  • Plastic Case
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The B+W 58mm Soft Pro Filter can be applied to purposely reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles in portraits or to apply a general soft-focus effect while maintaining overall sharpness. An array of small lenses distributed throughout the surface of this filter softens highlight contrast and reduces glare, which can be useful for creating a more flattering result of a subject. Additionally, a glowing effect around highlights is created which distributes ambient illumination to darker areas within a scene, helping to uniformly balance the tonal range among highlights and shadows. This can further enhance a subject's appearance or produce a desired effect while detail is increased within shadow regions.

This filter is constructed from optical glass for clarity and features an F-Pro brass filter ring for durability as well as jamming prevention.

  • General soft-focus effect while maintaining overall sharpness
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
  • Softens highlight contrast and reduces glare
  • Creates glowing effect around highlights
  • Helps to uniformly balance the tonal range among highlights and shadows
  • Increases shadow detail
  • Constructed from optical glass for clarity
  • F-Pro brass filter ring helps to prevent jamming and provides additional strength
  • 58mm front filter threads allow for use with other filters
  • Plastic case included for storage and transport
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B+W 58mm Soft Pro Filter
  • Filter Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Type Soft focus and diffusion
    Size 58 mm
    Effect Soft-focus effect; reduces the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and glare; softens highlight contrast; creates glow around highlights; increases shadow detail
    Construction Optical glass
    Front Filter Thread Size 58 mm
    Front Lens Cap Size 58 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.7 x 3.6 x 0.9"
    58mm Soft Pro Filter is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from For me, too limited in application I have tried this filter on 90 and 135 mm lenses, at various apertures, and at various subject distances. I consulted the B+W Filter Handbook for guidance. The problem is that out-of-focus background elements are severely distorted except under the following narrow circumstances: >focal length greater than or equal to 135 mm >aperture narrower than f/8, depending on the shape of background elements >camera-to-subject distance less than 20 feet Otherwise, in very bright or specular out-of-focus highlights, a mottled (Swiss cheese) pattern is seen. Over many years, I have not had these problems with the Softar I, used on a 105 mm lens. The Soft Pro filter would be fine only in a studio or under similar, controlled circumstances.
    Date published: 2009-10-02
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