KipperTie Develops a Series of Full Spectrum OLPFs for RED Cameras

The optical low pass filters create the kind of looks that you just can't replicate in post-production.

KipperTie is a new company that started as a production and rental resource but is now expanding into the glass game. These diffusion filters are placed behind the lens rather than the front, sot he diffusion effect becomes independent of the focal length you’re shooting with. They've developed three different specialty filters, the Carbon, Pearl, and Gold, specifically for RED cameras.  Check out the links to play around with some side by side comparisons between unfiltered and filtered footage. The specialty filters cost around $695, but they also off full spectrum false color filters for about $500

By incorporating the filter directly inside the OLPF a number of issues with front-of-lens filtration are removed:

  • No need to take up a stage in your matte box (or even to use one at all)
  • No internal reflections from additional optical surfaces
  • No more swapping diffusion filters every time you change focal length; the effect is focal length independent
  • Filter any size or shape of lens, no matter how huge, bulbous or difficult to handle.
  • Greatly reduced ‘sparkling’ and bokeh patterning, with micro-fine diffusion particles.

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The samples on the website are far to small to see differences in detail.

April 20, 2016 at 4:14PM

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Jonathon Sendall
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Website needs some serious work. The false color OLPF's don't even have sample images, the two share the same B&W pictures. Also think they're quite overpriced coming in near the same as RED OLPF's.

April 20, 2016 at 4:26PM

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Kaster Troy
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I agree, I'm very interested in these but would love to see real 6K frame grabs instead of tiny thumbnails.

April 20, 2016 at 11:44PM

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Rich Brown
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If you're interested we bought both the full spectrum and IR pass OLPFs from Kipper Tie and recently did some IR testing with them. https://vimeo.com/162959655
The full spectrum is handy for when you need to swap between shooting IR and colour while the IR pass is handy for when you are using lenses which cant be filtered easily on the front.

April 21, 2016 at 4:37AM

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Thanks for sharing, that footage looks incredible!! I became especially interested in their diffusion OLPF's after hearing they were used on this Taylor Swift video, which is some of the best RED footage I've ever seen: https://youtu.be/IdneKLhsWOQ

April 21, 2016 at 12:25PM

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Rich Brown
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Cheers for that :) We pretty much specialise in shooting IR so I don't know much about any of the other filters they produce. I have heard people speak highly of the Carbon 1 + 2s though as they apparently have great highlight roll off and mild diffusion giving the REDs more of an 'Alexa look'. Take what you will out of that ;) I'd imagine some of the Taylor Swift music video was shot on a Carbon olpf. For what we do, we leave the full spectrum in the camera and filter the front of the lens for either colour or IR. The full spectrum pretty much lives in the camera now and has replaced REDs own low light olpf :)

April 21, 2016 at 6:32PM

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Big fan of what Silver Dory has done with IR, great work!
I also recently did a video testing a Kippertie Full Spectrum OLPF. https://vimeo.com/163185243
I really love the Full Spectrum. You can swap between Color and IR using the right filters. Also, using a 590nm filter can offer landscape shots a very beautiful and unique look.

April 23, 2016 at 7:32AM, Edited April 23, 7:32AM

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Ces Peynetti
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Thank you Ces, appreciate it :)

April 23, 2016 at 10:36PM

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