Optefex is a new filter manufacturer for our industry. Their first offering is a series of streak and star-pattern filters in various sizes. What’s particularly interesting is that they are available in a variety of colors as well.
Lens manufacturers have long-strived to eliminate any strange aberrations or optical artifacts from their designs so that they can deliver an accurate image. Of course one man’s aberration is another man’s art, and many miss the “personality” of certain older lens designs. One common visual artifact was the blue horizontal flare that some older anamorphic lenses would create off bright highlights. A streak filter is an effective and easy way to replicate this look. Watch the video to see how simple and effective these colored streak filters are.
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