Heliopan Filters

Heliopan's new Vario ND Lens Filters now fit on big fat lenses, because of a new 82mm Helliopan variant just released. You could already get one of these filters in 52, 58, 67, 72 and 77m sizes, and now the 82mm expected to be available real soon. The Vario can be changed to reduce from 0.1 through 6.6 light stocks simply by turning the calibrated filter rim. The filter is completely color neutral, and supported within a hard-wearing brass black anodized ring, which has numerals inscribed upon it letting you easily adjust the filter to a desired setting. New Article Aug 15, 2011

The Vario Heliopan filter has been acquiring ground for sometime now, especially since the increase of HDSLR video. Fundamentally, the filter contains two pieces of glass and as they are rotated, impede a variable quantity of incoming illumination. It may be adjusted to Deter from 1 through 6.6 stops of incoming light, that can be very handy if you're photographing in a harsh situation and want to employ a faster aperture. Video shooters have fell for due to the somewhat slow shutter speeds (in relation to still shooting in vivid light) can be challenging to deal with.

Measuring only 8.7mm from the filter edge to the actual lens position, the Vario has been rated for lens sizes up to 16mm wide, and be supposed to avoid vignetting, color fringing, and artifacting.

This neutral density variable filter is not cheap. As of yet, I don't have the exact price, although the 52mm-77mm sizes cost $283-$444, with the bigger ones being more costly. With that thought in mind, I'd take a guess that the new 82mm size will probably cost you between $450 to $500, which is not chump change. Although, it will consume much less space in your camera bag than a complete set of filters and lets you make adjustments on the fly.

Dyed in the mass Heliopan filters are ground, coated and polished to the very highest German industry optical standards . Both Heliopan screw-in style plus series sized filters are inserted into black anodized precision brass rings to eradicate binding or any cross threading plus this ensures optimal alignment. The quality, care, and operation of Heliopan's filters simply make them the best filters in the world! Heliopan screw-in filters come in in sizes ranging from 19 x 0.5 mm through 127 x 0.75 mm. Series sizes range from series V through 93 mm. Additionally they have square filters from 2 x 2 through 4 x 4" dimensions, plus Bayonet type filters made n Bay I, II, II, IV, V, 50, 60, 70, and 104 sizes. New Article Aug 15, 2011

Heliopan's new Vario ND Lens Filters

Heliopan Standard Filters
Protection Filters -
Ultraviolet Filters
Your camera won't allow you to develop clear, crisp photos if your camera lens is damaged or dirty. You can protect your thousand dollar lens with a $20 filter if you use a UV or haze filter. These thin glass filters are designed to screw onto the end of your camera lens and you can just leave them on to protect your lens. UV filters can help protect your lenses from dust, moisture and scratches. If your lens is damaged it could cost you quite a bit to repair or replace it. The filters can also give you added benefits of correction for Ultraviolet light which can show on your film as a bluish cast and can sometimes distort distant details. UV filters let you correct for the UV effect to varying degrees. They are also useful if you are shooting mountain and marine scenes, as the haze could affect the color and clarity of the photos. UV filters can be bought for about $20.

Haze Filters
Haze Filters do just what they sound like, they filter out haze which is created by minute particles of vapor and dust. Haze settles in the atmosphere and can affect distant photographic scenes. Haze forms when sunlight is scattered by minute particles of matter that exist in the air. Atmospheric conditions have an effect on the amount of haze in the air. Mist, fog, smog, smoke and clouds are all different than haze. Green and red light are scattered by haze, but not as much as ultraviolet radiation, violet and blue light. If you use filters to absorb scattered sunlight you can penetrate the haze. Any filter that can absorb scattered sunlight can be considered a haze filter.

Heliopan Haze (UV) Glass Filter. Helps protect your valuable lenses from dust, moisture and scratches
It can be left on the lens for protection. Haze filters provide additional benefits of correction for Ultraviolet(UV) light 

Heliopan UV (Haze) SH-PMC (Super Multi-Coated) Glass Filter. The Heliopan (UV) SH-PMC (Super Multi-Coated) Glass Filter wise investment. It helps protect your valuable investment from dust, moisture and scratches,

Heliopan Skylight (KR1.5) Glass Filter. Due to its light salmon color, the Heliopan 30.5mm Skylight (KR 1.5) Glass Filter reduces the blue cast of daylight and produces a pleasing, warmer picture tone. Also known as a Skylight (1A) filter,

Heliopan Skylight (KR1.5) SH-PMC (Super Multi-Coated) Glass Filter. Due to its light salmon color, the Heliopan Skylight (KR 1.5) SH-PMC (Super Multi-Coated) Glass Filter reduces the blue cast of daylight  Also known as a Skylight (1A) filter

Heliopan Protection Glass Filter | can be left on the lens at all times for protection No increase in exposure is required
37-95mm thread sizes

Heliopan Circular Polarizer Filter. Circular polarizers are specifically designed for use with auto-focus SLR cameras

Heliopan Linear Polarizer Filter. Linear polarizers are used with most video and manual focus photo cameras. They are not recommended for auto-focus SLR cameras

Heliopan Kaeseman Warm Circular Polarizing Glass Filter. Constructed from select polarizer foils and especially prepared optical glass. Kaeseman ("encased") filters are completely edge-sealed for maximum durability

Heliopan Kaeseman Warm Linear Polarizer Glass Filter Constructed from select polarizer foils and especially prepared optical glass. Kaeseman ("encased") filters are completely edge-sealed
not recommended for auto-focus SLR cameras

Heliopan Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 Glass Filter
There are several uses and offers the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. ND filters appear grey and reduce the amount of light reaching the film. They have no effect on color balance.

Heliopan Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Glass Filter
These slim mounts are made of black anodized brass stock and have so little rim in front of the lens (5.4mm) that they will not vignette with lenses as short as 21mm

Heliopan Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Glass Filter
The portion of the slim filters in front of the lens have been reduced in thickness by 37% Heliopan cuts, grinds, polishes and coats their filters with the same techniques and equipment as the finest German camera lenses. 

Heliopan Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.3 (2x) Glass Filter -
Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of 0.3 (1 stop), 0.6 (2 stops), 0.9 (3 stops)).

Heliopan Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 (4x) Glass Filter
A GND 0.6-to-clear, with a two stop differential,the most popular density .
Polarizing Filters
These filters are used to reduce or eliminate reflections. They are ideal for photographing through glass or water as the glare from water tends to be white. Polarizing filters can also reduce the effects of haze and darken the blue sky image in black and white and color photography. There are various polarizing filters available to increase color saturation in a photo without altering the hues of image colors, but there are only two principal styles. One style fits over your camera lens, while the other is made to be used over the source of light. They don't affect color, that's why polarizing filters and screens are used in both black and white and color photography. There are two pieces to a polarizer. The front part rotates so you can change the angle of polarization. If you look at the blue sky through a polarizer and rotate it, the sky appears to get darker and then lighter. These filters range in price from about $15 to $800. They come in various sizes. Heliopan filters are "dyed in the mass" and ground, polished and coated to the highest standards of the German optical industry All Heliopan screw-in type and series size filters are mounted in precision black anodized brass rings to eliminate binding or cross threading and to ensure optimal alignment.
Neutral Density Filters
These filters are designed to reduce the amount of light coming through your camera lens without changing the color. Neutral density filters can reduce the assorted colors of light in the spectrum. White and colored light is transmitted through these filters and only the intensity of the light is affected. These filters are used with black and white and color film. If you have set your camera to its fastest shutter speed along with the smallest f/stop, but still can't take the photo without overexposing the film, you can use one of these filters to reduce the exposure further. The filters help to eliminate bright, washed out sections of a photo. Neutral density filters usually range in price from about $10 to $350. They are available in various sizes.


Heliopan Lichtfilter-Technik of Munich, Germany, has changed their black anodized brass filter rings on most Heliopan non-rotating filters to their "slim" mounts. These slim mounts are made of black anodized brass stock and have so little rim in front of the lens (5.4mm) that they will not vignette with lenses as short as 21mm. Filters still retain front threads for a lens cap, a lens hood or even stacking a second filter The portion of the Heliopan slim filters that are in front of the lens have been reduced in thickness by 37% over the former mount Heliopan cuts, grinds, polishes and coats their filters with the same techniques and equipment as used for the finest German camera lenses. 

Graduated Color Neutral Density Filters
- Often, you want to balance light intensity between two areas within a scene This is important outdoors to allow more sky detail while properly exposing the foreground. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky, exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and underexposed. Graduated Color Neutral Density filters are part clear, part neutral density with a smoothly graded transition between. An ND.6-to-Clear is often best for balancing sky to foreground. The neutral gray appearance drops exposure.

Heliopan Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 (4x) Glass Filter - Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed. Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of 0.3 (1 stop), 0.6 (2 stops), 0.9 (3 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A GND 0.6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series. GND.6 (exposure factor = 4x; exposure adjustment = 2 stops; reduces ISO 1/4). 

Heliopan Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 (8x) Glass Filter - Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed. Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of 0.3 (1 stop), 0.6 (2 stops), 0.9 (3 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A GND 0.6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series. GND.9 (exposure factor = 8x; exposure adjustment = 3 stops; reduces ISO 1/8). 

Color Conversion Filters
These filters are used to balance the color temperatures when you are using certain films under different light sources. An example of this would be using daylight film under tungsten lighting or vice versa. Color conversion filters are designed to convert the temperature of the film to light or of the light to film. This will allow all the colors to fall in proper perspective and look natural. These filters are generally available in two series:
Warming Filters

Heliopan 81A Warming Conversion Filter. An 81A filter will replace some of the yellow missing from the image and bring her skin tones back to a more appealing level. The 81 series (81A, B, C, D and EF) allows you to choose how much warmth you wish to replace in the image. From 81A through 81C, each successive filter causes an approximate change of 100 degrees in color correction allowing for fine adjustment of the light balance. 

Heliopan 81B Warming Conversion Filter. The Heliopan 81 Series of Filters control the bluish coloration that affects daylight film. An 81B filter will replace even more yellow than an 81A and bring her skin tones back to a more appealing level. An 81B can also be used with electronic flash to reduce the amount of "blue" generated by the flash. The 81 series (81A, B, C, D and EF) allows you to choose how much warmth you wish to replace in the image. From 81A through 81C, each successive filter causes an approximate change of 100 degrees in color correction allowing for fine adjustment of the light balance. 

Heliopan 81C (KR3) Warming Color Conversion Glass Filter. With approximately twice the strength of the KR1.5, the Heliopan KR3 (81C) Warming Color Conversion Glass Filter reduces blue and green. Even the strong blue cast of a high standing sun in a cloudless azure-blue sky, in regions with especially clear air, or the haze in distant views is removed very effectively. This filter also blocks disturbing UV radiation completely. An 81C can also be used with electronic flash to reduce the amount of "blue" generated by the flash. The 81 series (81A, B, C, D and EF) allows you to choose how much warmth you wish to replace in the image. XXX

Heliopan 81EF (KR6) Warming Color Conversion Glass Filter. With double the strength of the KR3, the Heliopan KR6 (81EF) Warming Color Conversion Glass Filter leads to neutral color rendition in strong haze or in mountains above 2500m (8200'). The 81EF controls the bluish coloration that affects daylight film. It can also remove excessive blue from the effects of electronic flash.

Cooling Filters

The slightly denser Heliopan 80A (KB15) Color Conversion Glass Filter is recommended for daylight color reversal film with artificial light from the popular 60-100W halogen bulbs commonly used in lights aimed at the ceiling. With weaker incandescent bulbs, there will again be that pleasant warm tone for moody interior photographs. 

Heliopan Deep Blue 80B (KB12) Glass Filter blocks so much red, orange and yellow that it increases the color temperature of very bright halogen and special photoflood lamps (of around 3400K) to that of daylight. With that kind of illumination, and with daylight color reversal film, the subjects will be reproduced in their original colors. With weaker halogen bulbs or stronger incandescent bulbs in conjunction with this filter and with daylight reversal film, a residue of "warmth" will be retained for an optimal mood in interior photographs. 

Heliopan 80C (KB9) Cooling Filter. 

Nearly medium blue Heliopan 80D (KB 6) Cooling Color Conversion Glass Filter is used to balance daylight film under artificial, tungsten or standard (household) incandescent lighting. An 80D filter is the least "powerful" of the 80 series. When using daylight film and you'd like to leave even more yellow than if you were using and 80C filter, the 80D is the way to go. An 80D doesn't bring the temperature up to daylight as much as an 80A, B or C. 

Heliopan  82A (KB1.5) Color Conversion Glass Filter A light balancing filter used to increase the color temperature slightly for a cooler tone. This blue filter absorbs the excessive yellow-red light from daylight in the morning. An 82A has a greater "cooling" effect than an 82 but less than an 82B. The 82 series of blue filters allows the photographer to keep skin tones somewhat normal by increasing the color temperature to a more daylight balanced level. In addition, an 82A provides a cooler effect with tungsten film less than 3200K lamps. 

Heliopan 82B (KB3) Cooling Color Conversion Glass Filter. With about twice the correcting effect of the KB1.5 (82A) filter, the Heliopan KB3 Cooling Color Conversion Glass Filter removes the orange-red color cast that appears on photographs made on tungsten reversal film with artificial lights using 100-200 Watt bulbs, or from aged photoflood lamps. Therefore, this filter is ideal for neutral color reproduction with appropriate illumination. 

Soft Focus Filters
- Diffusion filters are used to create soften images. A diffusion filter diffuses strong light without affecting the sharpness and contrast of the image. Thus, it is different from the effect of out of focus. Diffusion filters are mainly used in portrait work. In general, small skin defects can be eliminated almost completely, and facial contrast and wrinkles are soften. To create a better result, the aperture should be opened up so that the subject can stand out well against the background

Heliopan Zeiss Softar Filters More than classic soft focus filters. The Softar delivers a lovely diffusion look to the image. Built into the filters are mini-diffusers which create the unique look that Softars are known for. Unlike other brands of diffusers, Softars can be used at any aperture for greater depth of field without changing the softness. This can come in very handy when shooting portraits. Note! Zeiss Softars may be combined with each other and are available in two strengths: 1 and 2, with 2 having the softer effect Softens highlights without affecting sharpness Available in grades 1 and 2. 

Heliopan Soft Focus Glass Filter reduces contrast and creates a soft halo around the highlights. It is also ideal for creating a hint of softness or blurred contours; the effect is created through the use of a series of concentric rings in the Schott glass that can be enhanced by opening up or closing down the lens aperture. Note! The current Heliopan Soft Focus filter falls between the older versions of Soft Focus 1 & 2 which are no longer produced. 

Heliopan Soft Spot Effect Glass Filter. When using the Heliopan Soft Spot filter, only a circular section of the subject in the center of the image is reproduced sharply. All other surrounding details fade out in a blurred effect. This is a creative, artistic tool which intentionally guides the eye of the observer to the center of interest. The degree of the blurred effect varies with lens focal length and aperture opening. 

Special Effects Filters
There are many types of filters available that are designed to give your photographs special effects. These include filters for special color effects, star effects, spectral effects, soft effects, mist effects, multi image and multi exposure effects, graduated color, dual color and tricolor effects along with spot filters, center filters and other special effects filters. These filters are mainly made out of glass and enable you to experiment with your photos or give them specific effects. The filters are available in various colors, sizes, styles and densities. If you buy extra filters you definitely require a good camera bag with padding to hold and protect them. They generally range in price from about $20 to several hundred and many of these filters are sold individually or in sets.

Heliopan 4x Cross Screen Star Effect Glass Filter The star patterns created around light sources by star screens are not spread out as colorfully as those created by Spectra attachments. Instead, their colors are less pronounced. The rays begin right at the light sources, they are very long and they are most effective when they are not vertical and horizontal, but at an angle of approximately 45 to the vertical axis. Check availability & current prices at. 

Heliopan 6x Cross Screen Star Effect Glass Filter The star pattern produced by this screen is similar to that of the previous one, except that it generates 6 beams from light sources and reflections at an angle of 60 to one another. Here too the light rays ema -nate right at the light sources, Check availability & current prices at. 

Heliopan FL-D Fluorescent Glass Filter Used when you wish to correct for the greenish tone that appears when shooting daylight film under general purpose fluorescent lighting. This orange colored filter blocks the blue and blue-green portion of the visible spectrum up to approximately 520nm. It reduces the excessive sensitivity of color infrared films for this spectral range, helps avoid blue tint and differentiates colors more evenly. 

Black & White Photography Filters
Filters are often used in black and white photography as black and white are actually produced as tones of gray. Filters are used to make the gray tones look like the original scene. The sky and clouds often blend together in black and white photos as white, so filters are used to separate the two. A red filter can darken blue objects more than white objects. So if you use this filter the sky will look black in the photo and the clouds will still be white.

Heliopan Light Yellow #5 Glass Filter for Black and White Film is commonly used for a noticeable increase in contrast with black and white films. When your black and white images are flat, throw on a contrast filter. 

Heliopan Yellow #8 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. Commonly used for a noticeable increase in contrast with black and white films. Especially useful for clear contrast between blue sky with clouds and foreground. It is also suitable for landscapes and nature scenes. Filter factor is 2 (+1 stop).

Heliopan Green #11 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. This Green filter is ideal for scenes where it is important to differentiate the green tonal values in black and white photography. Especially suited to landscape photography because it enhances the light green color of the leaves Due to its favorable effect on red tones, it is also suitable for portraits against the sky Universal asset for all scenics Darkens sky in contrast to clouds.

Heliopan Yellow #12 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. Yellow #12 is commonly used for a noticeable increase in contrast with black and white films. Especially useful for clear contrast between blue sky with clouds and foreground Recommended as a basic filter for use with Kodak Aero Ektachrome Infrared film.

Heliopan Dark Yellow #15 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. Yellow #15 is commonly used for a noticeable increase in contrast with black and white films. This filter is glass and measures 50 x 50 mm (2x2") x 4 mm thick. Especially useful for clear contrast between blue sky with clouds and foreground Enhances landscapes, marine scenes and aerial photography with more dramatic effects than Yellow 8.

Heliopan Orange #22 Glass Filter for Black and White Film is used for producing contrast effects that darken sky and water, as in more dramatic architectural photography. This filter will also suppress blue. It makes clouds stand out even more than a #15 Yellow filter when shooting against a blue sky. Distant horizons will look even clearer.

Black & White Film Contrast Filters

Heliopan Red #25 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. This Red Filter is ideal for strong contrast improvement since it absorbs green and blue completely and enhances red. In addition to contrast control, red filters enhance skin tones, tonal corrections and are effective for more dramatic landscapes. Clouds are dramatically improved almost to the mood of a thunderstorm; Darkens blue sky creating dramatic contrast between sky and clouds It is more effective in cutting through haze, and moonlight effects are easily accomplished; Creates greater contrast between foliage and flowers It is also suited for infrared photography.

Heliopan Dark Red #29 Glass Filter for Black & White Film. This Dark Red Filter is ideal for strong contrast improvement since it absorbs green and blue completely and enhances red. In addition to contrast control, red filters enhance skin tones, tonal corrections and are effective for more dramatic landscapes. This filter is glass and measures 50 x 50 mm (2x2") x 4 mm thick. Stronger than a #25 Clouds are dramatically improved almost to the mood of a thunderstorm; Darkens blue sky creating dramatic contrast between sky and clouds Use with Polarizer for dramatic black and white effects It is more effective in cutting through haze, and moonlight effects are easily accomplished; Creates greater contrast between foliage and flowers Used in scientific photography Excellent copying filter for blueprints.

Infrared Filters

Infrared filters are made to block mid infrared wavelengths while allowing visible light to pass through. They are sometimes referred to as heat absorbing filters and are ideal at cutting through haze. These types of filters are commonly used to prevent unnecessary heating in items which have bright incandescent light bulbs. Examples of such devices are slide projectors and overhead projectors. You can also get near infrared filters. These types of filters commonly are used in video cameras to compensate for the high sensitivity of the camera's sensors to near-infrared light. Infrared filters can range in price from about $20 to $450. They come in various sizes, styles and brands.

Heliopan Blue/Green Bandpass Infrared Glass Filter A useful filter for today's digital photographer. Digital sensors are especially susceptible to the negative effects of infrared light. This filter blocks disturbing IR and UV light in the area of 680nm and produces images that will be clearer and snappier. Eliminates both UV and IR bands at the 680nm band Provides optimum reproduction quality for digital photography.

Heliopan Infrared RG-1000 Glass Filter. The Heliopan 37mm Infrared RG-1000 Glass Filter is a Schott glass type RG1000 for infrared material. Filters out all light below 1000nm. Note! For digital landscape pictures Heliopan recommends the R715 to RG830 filters. C

 
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Besides the usual range of filters, Heliopan supplies 13 different types of polarizers, Graduated wide-angle filters, Digital and Video filters, and a full range of special effect filters.

All filters that will benefit from coatings are hard coated on both sides, with 3 layers per side,16 layer multi coatings are also available on many Heliopan filters. The top layer on all Heliopan coated filters repel dust and moisture and the SH-PMC coating passes 99.9% of the light striking it to the image plane.

Heliopan also offers a complete range of step-up rings for filters up to 105mm and lenses as small as 27 mm. Heliopan also supplies Hasselblad, Rollei and Zeiss bayonet to screw mount adapters and Hasselblad screw mount to bayonet adapters. Also, supplied are metal and rubber lenshoods from 24 to 122 mm and gel and glass filter holders for up to 4" glass filters. On special order, custom adapters are available.

Heliopan offers at no extra charge, Circular polarizers in slim mounts for use on lenses as wide as 21 mm. without vignetting! The rims are fully calibrated also! They are available multicoated at extra cost. These filters have no front threads so a push-on cap is required.