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B+W FILTERS

Soft Pro Filters

Soft Pro Filters

The term “soft focus attachment“ does not do justice to our BASIC Soft Pro filter. This filter delivers sharp pictures which are softly overlaid with unsharpness. Details such as eyelashes do not taper into unsharpness, while skin blemishes are gently covered up. Small mini-lenses are distributed randomly on a precisely plane-parallel glass disc.

They scatter the light and overlay the sharp core image with hazy, diffuse halos. This opens up deep shadows, while highlights themselves are hardly blurred, but instead form a shimmering aura in the darker surroundings. Professionals, even in Hollywood films, use these stable glass filters when aiming for perfect beauty shots. The effect cannot be achieved with image-processing software (e.g. Gaussian blur). As well as for portrait photography, soft focus attachments are frequently used for great effects in landscape shots. They reduce high contrasts and the light fringes in the backlight are softened. The photographs take on a gentle, romantic character.

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B+W BASIC Soft pro

This filter delivers sharp pictures which are softly overlaid with unsharpness. Small mini-lenslets are distributed randomly on a precisely plano-parallel glass disc. They scatter the light and overlay the sharp core image with hazy, diffuse halos. This opens up deep shadows, while highlights themselves are hardly blurred, but instead form a shimmering aura in the darker surroundings. In addition to portrait photography, soft focus attachments are used for great effects in landscape images. They reduce contrast and the light fringes in the backlight are softened. The photos take on a gentle, romantic character.

B+W Tip 

The focal length of the lens should not be too short and the aperture should not be set too small. A focal length that is too short and/or an aperture that is too small can produce such a great depth of field that parts of the surface structure of the B+W Soft-Pro filter will be depicted in the image. We recommend not to use a lens with a focal length less than 24 mm with full frame or 18 mm with APS and not setting the aperture smaller than f/16.

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Examples

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Without filter Black and White

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With B+W Red 091 filter

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B+W Yellow 022 filter

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With B+W Yellow Orange 040 filter

Soft Pro Sizes and Availability

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BASIC SOFT PRO

Key applications

  • Subtle soft-focus effect

  • Ideal for portrait photography and dream-like landscape shots

  • Made in Germany

  • Coating: uncoated

  • Diameter: 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 60, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82, 86, 95