photokina: Innovative filters made by SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH

Bad Kreuznach, (PresseBox) - Schneider-Kreuznach presents a number of new B+W filters at this year’s photokina. The range of XS-Pro filters has been expanded to include a variable gray filter and several smaller diameters for UV and clear filters. The classic gray filter series now includes an E 82 mm size filter. Professional photographers who use a compendium for 100 x 150 x 2 mm filter discs can take advantage of two rectangular graduated ND filters. And Praktica filters for DSLR amateur photographers have been redesigned.

XS-Pro Digital ND Vario: Flexible light control without changing the filter
The main feature of this filter is its continuous adjustment of the optical density. The XS-Pro Digital ND Vario is an all-round tool that, as its name suggests, can be used with variable f-stops. The filter is without image defects. Thanks to the oversized mount, it can be used for wide-angle lenses and combined with other gray filters. It is also equipped with a front thread for further accessories.

The XS-Pro ND Digital Vario adapts to different subjects and photographic requirements to achieve the right effect. The use of a gray filter is indispensible in many situations: Portrait photographers, for example, usually need a large aperture even in a bright environment to make their subject stand out against the background; architectural photographers can use them to make passers-by walking through the scene “invisible” by extending the exposure time to several minutes; and in landscape photography, they can help to make flowing water or the surface of the sea look soft even in bright daylight.

Diameters: 52, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82 mm
F-stops: +1 to +5
Coating technology: MRC nano
Available from: 2013

For small diameters: B+W XS-Pro 007 Clear and 010 UV
The slim XS-Pro filters are ideally suited to wide-angle lenses. They are equipped with a front thread for further accessories and a snap-on lens cap.

The 007 Clear filter fulfills the demand of many photographers for lens protection without a filtering effect. Its only and, at the same time, particularly invaluable function is to keep dirt, sand or water splashes away from the front lens. The 010 UV variant is the classic protection filter, blocking the unwanted UV rays in daylight. Invisible UV light is stronger in pure sea air and in the mountains and can cause blurring and blue cast.

MRC nano coating
All XS-Pro digital filters are equipped with an MRC nano coating. The outer layer is now even more effective. The “lotus effect” based on nanotechnology achieves an improved water-repellent effect, making the filter surface even easier and faster to clean. The hydrophobic coating also prevents the lens from fogging up when going from a cold to a warm environment. Within a very short time, the condensation disappears from the surface of the filter.

Diameters: 30.5, 35.5, 37, 39, 40.5, 43 and 46 mm
Coating technology: MRC nano
Available from: Winter 2012

Rectangular B+W graduated ND filter
The range of graduated ND filters has been expanded to include two new models: the 701 (50 % transmission, +1 f-stop) and the 702 (25 % transmission, +2 f-stops). The rectangular filters offer more scope for creativity compared to their round counterparts as they can be moved in the filter channel and rotated with the filter mount to align the graduation to the horizon.

The glass substrate in B+W panel filters is a plane-parallel cut and polished filter disc, guaranteeing long-lasting and high optical quality. Both variants are suitable for Lee and Cokin Z filter holders as well as other compendiums with 100-mm-wide and 2-mm-thick filter slots. The graduation is applied by means of thin-film technology. Graduated ND filters are colorless and compensate excessive contrast between the sky and the landscape, giving clouds more definition and sky blue greater depth. The effect of the filter can only be simulated to a limited extent by electronic image processing software as image information is usually lost in the overexposed areas of the picture. One half of the filter is neutral gray with a smooth transition into the neutral half of the filter. The values (transmission) refer to the darker edges of the filter.

Dimensions: 100 x 150 x 2 mm
Coating technology: MRC nano
Available from: Winter 2012
Packaging: High-quality tin with fitted foam inserts for practical, safe transport

Ideal for large diameters: B+W 103, 106 and 110 gray filters
The tried and tested 103, 106 and 110 gray filters are now also available for large E 82 mm lens thread diameters.

The strong 103 gray filter reduces the light by three f-stops, equivalent to a filter factor of 8. This is sufficient for time-exposure effects on the one hand, while allowing it to be used as a universal gray filter in digital photography on the other.

The 106 filter reduces light by six f-stops (filter factor of 64), thus allowing even more extreme experiments: It is ideal for time-exposure effects such as light trails, making water look like it is flowing and causing pedestrians to blur into soft focus.

With its extreme light reduction of a full ten f-stops (filter factor of 1000), the 110 filter goes even further than the 106 for experimental photography with very slow shutter speeds.

Diameters: 82 mm and oversized for 67 mm
Coating technology: E or MRC
Available: immediately

New edition of Praktica filters
The low-cost filter range for amateur DSLR photographers has been completely redesigned. It includes MC-coated UV and circular polarizing filters for all common diameters (52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72 and 77 mm). The newly designed filters will be available from winter 2012.

For more information on all new Schneider-Kreuznach products, visit us at photokina 2012 from 18 September in hall 4.2, booth D.021. Information on all new filter products can also be found in the new B+W flyers that
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Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH

About the Schneider Group:
The Schneider Group specializes in developing and producing high-performance photographic lenses, cinema projection lenses as well as industrial optics and precision mechanics. The group consists of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke, founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1913, and its subsidiaries Pentacon (Dresden), ISK Optics (Göttingen), Schneider-Optics (New York, Los Angeles), Schneider Bando (Seoul), Schneider Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Schneider Optical Technologies (Shenzhen). The company’s main brand is “Schneider-Kreuznach”. The group has around 660 employees worldwide, with 360 based at its German headquarters, and has been a world market leader in the field of high-performance lenses for many years.

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