Manfrotto has announced a new filter collection that includes a UV Filter, a Circular Polarizer Filter and a Protection Filter. The filters are available as part of Essential, Advanced, and Professional collections depending on the needs and budget of photographers.
According to Manfrotto, “Essential filters offer solid protection and a water repellent coating, Advanced filters offer increased protection, and Professional filters offer the highest level of protection due to layers of antistatic coating.” All of the filters feature anti-reflective coating, with higher-end models featuring more layers.
Manfrotto describes the different types of filters and collections further, as follows:
A time-honored, multi-functional filter, the Ultraviolet filter blocks UV light from entering the lens eliminating blurring, haziness and blue casting. Additionally, the UV filter can permanently remain on the lens, protecting it against dust, moisture and scratches. UV filters are available in the Essential and Advanced Collections. Manfrotto Essential UV filter offers 8 layers of coating and is water repellent. Manfrotto Advanced UV filter offers 12 layers of coating and is also water repellent.
Circular Polarizer (CPL) Filter
The CPL filter improves the overall image quality in two different ways; by increasing color contrast and saturation when photographing scenes such as landscapes with blue skies against white clouds and by reducing reflections such as those often seen when photographing water, glass and similar reflective surfaces. Due to the high quality of the Manfrotto CPL filters, light entering the lens is distributed uniformly, thus maintaining the sharpness and color balance in images.
CPL filters are available in all three collections, with available features progressing at each level. The Essential CPL filter transmits 68% of light and includes 2 layers of coating, the Advanced CPL filter transmits 68.1% of light and includes 12 layers of coating and finally, the Professional CPL filter transmits 90% of light and features 12 layers of coating including antistatic layers.
The Manfrotto Protection filter has been designed specifically for the photographer who requires maximum protection of his or her gear. Available only at the Professional level, the Protection filter is antistatic, offering the highest level of protection against dust, moisture and scratches. With 12 layers of coating, it offers a stronger anti-reflective surface, greater ease of cleaning, allows for 99.3% light transmission, and is oil resistant. The protection filter is ideal for the photographer who works outdoors or in dusty and/or wet environments.
All filters are available in 7 sizes, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm and range in price for $24.99 to $169.99 and are available exclusively through Manfrotto’s website.