Schneider Optics has two new filters on display here at NAB 2018. One is the True-Streak rainbow filter, the other one is actually a whole line of filters and these True-Net filters are designed to take the guesswork out of using some kind of stockings behind your lens in order to soften the image.
Nici Mustain of Schneider Optics was so kind of walking us through their new lineup of filters, namely the True-Streak Rainbow filter and their new line of True-Net filters.
Schneider True-Streak Rainbow and True-Net Filters
The Ture-Streak Rainbow filter was introduced a while ago, check out our initial coverage here. This filter might not be suitable for everyday use, sure, but if you need that special look it’s always good to go for an in-camera effect rather than applying it in post. Simply because a real 3D look and feel is much more difficult to produce in post than in, well, reality. You’ll limit your possibilities, certainly, but the result will be more natural and flattering.
The filter itself comes in various sizes (4 x 4″, 6.6 x 6.6″ and 4 x 5.65″) and is available now. I think it’s really fun to play around with it, even if it won’t be in front of the lens very often.. It’s more of a filter for special occasions, I’d say.
The freshly announced line of True-Net filters, on the other hand, might find their way in a lot more gear bags, I assume. It replaces the old-century fashion of clamping a piece of pantyhose between camera and lens in order to soften the overall image. The problem here is consistency. You have to achieve a certain skill level of attaching the stockings exactly the same way each time you use this technique. The True-Net filters take the guesswork out of this process.
The True-Net filters also come in various sizes. Furthermore, these come in a few various desities and colors (black – 3 densities, beige – 2 densities and grey – 2 densities).
Pricing and Availability
Both, the True-Streak Rainbow filter and the True-Net filters are available now. The True-Streak filters range from $269.10 (4 x 4″) to $535.10 (6.6 x 6.6″) and the True-Net filters in 4 x 5.65″ are priced around $365.
What do you think? Would you use one of these new filters for your shoots? Share your thoughts in the comments below!