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This is the 5.65 x 5.65" Low Light Ultra Contrast 2 Filter from Tiffen. Bright lights or sunlight create problems when the ratio between the highlight and shadow areas is beyond the latitude of the film.
If you expose for the highlights, the shadows appear without detail. If you expose for the shadows, the result is washed-out, overly bright highlights. Contrast reduction is achieved by lightening shadows without overexposing highlights or by darkening highlights without darkening shadows further. This filter uses the surrounding ambient light to achieve an even balance between highlight and shadow.
Tiffen's ColorCore glass is produced through a process that entails permanently laminating the filter material in between two pieces of optical glass that are ground flat to tolerances of a ten-thousandth of an inch, then mounting them in precision aluminum rings.
Note: Tiffen Low Light Ultra Contrast filters come in grades from 1/8 through 5, with #5 having the greatest effect
Tiffen Low Light Contrast filters are more effective in dealing with contrast in lower light scenarios
Tiffen Ultra Contrast filters work by using the ambient light surrounding the image area as well as the light in the actual image area itself
They lower contrast uniformly, with little or no loss of sharpness, throughout the scene even when there are varying degrees of brightness within the image
Shadow areas are opened up, revealing more detail, but without any flare or halation from direct light sources or bright reflections
Even direct shooting into the sun produces no flare or halation
Tiffen's ColorCore glass is sealed between two optical glass sheets. In this way, Tiffen can better control the various densities of their filters and thereby create more exact degrees of filtration. This process makes for greater accuracy of color as opposed to glass that is simply dyed and become subject to deviation during the dye process
Tiffen, a leader in the filter industry, proudly makes its filters in the USA and backs up its products with a solid 10-year warranty
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Tiffen 5.65 x 5.65" Low Light Ultra Contrast 2 Filter
Limited 10-Year Warranty
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Low Light Ultra Contrast
5.65 x 5.65" (14.35 x 14.35 cm) Thickness: 4 mm
Captures details lost in shadows; lowers contrast evenly throughout image; no flare or halation