Both Red Dragon LLO and ST OLPF’s here now

Just received the Red Dragon Low Light Optimized OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) to use in conjunction with the Skin Tone Highlight OLPF.

The Low Light Optimized filter is tuned for higher ISO shooting, and similar to the OLPF used in the EPIC MYSTERIUM-X.  This OLPF provides excellent color and tone reproduction in dim environments. This OLPF is used to capture and preserve color quality in mid-tones, darks, and shadows.

The Skin Tone Highlight filter offers a stop of extra highlight protection, the most incredibly accurate skin-tones and color science as well as additional flare control, with the expense of a stop of light sensitivity. This OLPF is used to capture and preserve color quality in highlights, bright colors, and well-lit environments.

These two interchangeable OLPF filters round out the amazing versatility of the Red Dragon color science by providing both rich 35mm quality color (especially skin tones) as well as the famous Red low light exposure capabilities.   If you were shooting in lowered light environments then you would want to use the LLO to protect the shadows, and to protect highlights in adequate light level situations, use the Skin Tone Highlight filter.  The Skin Tone Highlight filter does render colors, especially skin tones as lifelike as 35mm film.  

Red Cinema rates the Skin Tone Highlight filter at ISO 320 – 640, and the Low Light Optimized filter at ISO 800 – 2000.


The switchout takes about 5 minutes – 4 screws after you take off the lens mount.  I have one of the Arctic Visible Dust cleaners to clear the sensor safety glass piece (there is a layer of glass in front of the actual sensor) of any dust or other nano-particles during changeover. 

Personally, I wouldn’t change filters during the same scene unless the light level (light loss of daylight) dropped significantly and there was no way to boost the light level artificially.  If you were to shoot all night in a dark alley, then you would probably use the LLO for the entire time.  Unless I was on a stage set, I’d probably take the camera out to my camera van and close the doors to do a changeover, just for precaution.


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