4x4 Star Filter - which one?

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Flaca Productions

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greetings,
I'm looking to purchase a 4x4 star filter that i like for an upcoming corporate shoot. there are so many configurations to choose from - any suggestions? it needs to be very subtle and not overwhelm the shot.

also looking to get an 82mm screw in clear/uv front protection element for when i'm not running my mattebox. i'd like something multi-coated/anti-reflection as i HATE seeing 6 sets of headlights on every car when i'm shooting a street at night.

outside of filmtools and b&h, any other vendors that i should check out?
 

Run&Gun

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External (matt box) star filters suck. All you see is a grid in front of the lens. I purchased one a couple of years ago and never could get it to work properly, and talked to several people and my vendor(Barbizon) and they all said the same thing, they don't work well(at least not on video cameras). Luckily they let me excahnge it for a black pro-mist(something that works and i can get some use out of).
 

Baltimore Shooter

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I think I'd go for a screw on star filter instead of a 4x4. If you're using a D-600, the cc filter 'A' is a 4 point star. The screw on has an outside ring that you can turn to get the star in the position you want or to rotate it while you're rolling for that "dream" look.

Warren
 

Flaca Productions

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run - thanks. glad i haven't ordered anything yet and i guess i'll add it in post - you're right freedom.

warren - i'm on a D50 and run a mattebox, so thats why i was looking for the 4x4. i think i'll save the cash and get the FCP4 upgrade instead...

thanks, guys.
 

quicklad

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Can't argue with the FCP 4 upgrade.

I got this filter, which I leave on pretty much all the time, unless I need to stack more than one in my matte box. Sorry I do not know the trick of how to make a small link.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=132979&is=REG

It's more expensive than the regular one - but I like it's slimness (you can hardly tell it's there). Also B+W is one of the top glass filter makers around.
 
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