SunPak Filters


The Sunpak trusted name is now on a new line of popular filters

The Sunpak trusted name is now on a new line of popular filters, backed by an extraordinary no questions- asked lifetime warranty. Filters built to  exacting standards so you focus on the image, not on your camera. No-nonsense filters to help you make the most of almost every photo opportunity.

Manufactured in Japan from the highest quality optical glass and built to Sunpak's exacting standards, Sunpak PicturesPlus Filters are available in a comprehensive range of sizes and application types. Sunpak PicturesPlus Filters have been designed to help maximize virtually every photo opportunity, by improving image impact and quality. Sunpak PicturesPlus Filters include the essentials, such as polarizing, ultraviolet and skylight to color balancing, neutral density, black and white correction, special effects, enhancements and close-up lenses. These will all help bring excitement and quality to what might otherwise be ordinary images. The ultraviolet UV filter improves contrast and color saturation by reducing the effects of ultraviolet light and atmospheric dust and haze in sunny landscapes, including mountain, marine and aerial scenes. Can be used in combination with polarizer for stunning scenics, or to protect the front lens element from dirt, fingerprints, and scratches.
 

SunPak 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.

Sunpak UV Glass Filter. Absorbs the ultraviolet rays which often makes outdoor photographs hazy and indistinct. A muliti-purpose fine-weather filter for color as well as black and white films. Eliminates haze. Serves as a lens protector.
Sunpak Skylight Filter. Reduces the excessive bluishness that frequently occurs in outdoor color photography, especially in open shade under a clear blue sky or from arial or high altitude shooting. Absorbs excess blue from sea, sky and high altitude shots. Excellent lens protector on bright sunny days.
  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.
Sunpak Circular Polarizer Filter. Light rays which are reflected by any surface become polarised and polarising filters are used to select which light rays enter your camara lens. They allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass etc. They also saturate colors and increase contrast. Creates dramatic sky/cloud contrast. Saturates colors without changing color balance. Mount rotates to control amount of effect. Increases contrast equally well with black & white film.
  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.
  Neutral Density filters evenly reduce the amount of light passing thru the lens without effecting color. Ideal for reducing bright light in large aperture situations when a narrow depth is field is needed. Allows for slower shutter speeds when blurring or showing of movement is desired. Allows balancing of exposure to highlight a key subject. Lets you use higher speed films in bright light.
Sunpak Neutral Density (2X) Filter. Reduces the light one f-stop.
Sunpak Neutral Density (4X) Filter.  Reduces the light two f-stops.
Sunpak Neutral Density (8X) Filter. 8X) Reduces the light three f-stops.
  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.
Sunpak Graduated ND 2X (0.3) Filter Graduated Neutral Density filters compensate for bright light over half the photo. Unlike half-color filters, graduated filters have no harsh center line and can be undetectable. By under-exposing a portion of a scene with neutral density (like the sky), the filter gives a better relief to the surfaces and colors of landscapes and architecure. They are indispensable in summer, for seaside and mountain photos.
Sunpak Graduated ND 4X (0.6) Filter Graduated Neutral Density filters compensate for bright light over half the photo. Unlike half-color filters, graduated filters have no harsh center line and can be undetectable. By under-exposing a portion of a scene with neutral density (like the sky), the filter gives a better relief to the surfaces and colors of landscapes and architecure. They are indispensable in summer, for seaside and mountain photos.
Sunpak Graduated ND 8X (0.9) Filter Graduated Neutral Density filters compensate for bright light over half the photo. Unlike half-color filters, graduated filters have no harsh center line and can be undetectable. By under-exposing a portion of a scene with neutral density (like the sky), the filter gives a better relief to the surfaces and colors of landscapes and architecure. They are indispensable in summer, for seaside and mountain photos.
  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
Sunpak Soft Focus Effect A Filter. Sunpak's Soft Effect A Filter Add a controlled amount of blur to an entire image. Maintains basic image edges. Sunpak is one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic flash equipment. It has earned a reputation for advanced technical achievement and superior quality. Sunpak electronic flashes are produced for professionals, advanced amateurs, enthusiasts, and casual photographers. They are designed to work with today's auto focus cameras having dedicated flash capabilities.
Sunpak Soft Focus Effect B Filter. Sunpak's Soft Effect B Filter Adds a controlled amount of blur to an entire image. Maintains basic image edges. Adds more softness to subject than A version. Sunpak is one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic flash equipment.
  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
Sunpak 81A Warming Filter. 81A balances type B-tungsten (3200?K) films for 3400?K light sources, eliminating the slight warm cast. With daylight-type films, it balances the cooling effect of overcast skies or shade, and of some strobes. 81B offers slightly warmer effect, or balances type A or type B film to clear flashbulbs.
Sunpak 81B Warming Filter. "81" series are color corrective filters that 'warm' bluish tones. They are available in two strengths (A & B) with 'A' being the milder warming effect.
  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.
Sunpak Intensifier Blue Filter This filter increases the color saturation of the blue spectum. It is achieved through the selective blocking of the colors around the color being intensified. It subtly increases saturation of blues and blue-greens such as sky and foliage while not giving an over-all color cast to the photograph. The filter is most useful for photographing outdoors in noontime sun, when a circular polarizer is least effective for darkening blue sky.
Sunpak #8 Yellow Filter Yellow is the mildest of the contrast filters for black and white photography. Yellow filters produce the most natural tonal range. By absorbing ultra-violet, violet and blue it moderately increases contrast in sky, foliage and architecture photography. It's natural tone reproduction in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits make very it useful for all daylight exposures.
Sunpak #11 Green Filter. This filter for black and white photography is the most effective for portraits. By darkening red and absorbing green and green-blue, skin and lips are rendered to the natural tone as seen by the eye. With it's green subduing effect, these filters are especially suited to outdoor scenics, lightening and increasing foliage detail. Available in most sizes.
Sunpak #25 Red Filter. The most popular of the contrast filters for black and white photography, red creates dramatic effects by brightening red and orange while darkening blue and blue-green in sky, water and architectural scenes. With underexposure, the red filter may be used to simulate a moonlit scene at midday. With infrared film, the filter gives extreme contrast to skies, turning foliage white and cutting through fog and haze.
Sunpak YA2 Yellow Orange 2 Filter. The Orange filter is typically used in the Fall to enhance the colors of the changing leaves. I also like to use this for Sunrise and Sunset photographs. This filter is also used for Black and White to enhance contrast..
Sunpak Orange Filter. Orange is the 'medium' of the contrast filters for black and white photography. Milder than red and stronger than yellow, it completely eliminates ultraviolet, darkens blues and greens and is excellent for telephotography of mountain and marine scenes. 
   

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