Diffusion OLPF – Pearl
Pearl softens and expands highlights, smooths fine detail, yet retains sharp focus. Even the largest bokeh is rendered faithfully to the taking lens, with zero patterning.
Available in two diffusion densities, both using KipperTie’s own optimised colour calibration.
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What are the advantages?
Scientific grade optics
Perfect colour calibration and precise technical standards
Diffusion created with skilled hand-application of microscopic particles.
Frequently Asked Questions
DSMC 1 cameras require manual selection of OLPF type in all cases.
DSMC2 cameras will detect (on start-up only) the general type of OLPF fitted. RED original filters will select a single fixed calibration, KipperTie’s 3rd party filters will allow the user to select their choice of colour calibration, and allow the entry of custom metadata to describe the OLPF.
For diffusion filters, please select ‘Skintone Highlight’ as the calibration in the OLPF menu.
DSMC2: Click ‘none’, change to ‘3rd party’ and then select ‘Skintone Highlight’ and add custom data if required to describe filter type
For false colour filters, please select ‘None’ or ‘Low light optimised’ as the calibration in the OLPF menu.
DSMC2: Choose ‘none’, or change to ‘3rd party’ and then select ‘Low light optimised’ and add custom data if required to describe filter type.
Black shading is not affected by OLPF choice. If a change in OLPF calibration type reveals any fixed pattern noise, your blackshade was already incorrect. Follow the standard procedure for sensor calibration in this case.
DSMC2 – OLPF swapping is safe and reasonably trivial. Only one tool is needed, all screws are captive, and nothing that is exposed in the process is more sensitive than might be exposed during a lens swap. As a rule of thumb, if it is safe to swap lenses, its safe to swap OLPFs.
DSMC1 – OLPF swapping is simple but requires care and precision. Small loose screws mean that this is best carried out with the camera tilted back at 45 degrees, on a work bench, or at worst on a camera cart in a clean environment.
Due to the sophisticated coatings, cleaning OLPFs can be somewhat tricky. First of all assess in camera whether marks visible to the eye actually show up in your image. Don’t clean unless essential. The design of the camera is such that is much more forgiving than you would expect. Bear in mind that with any diffusion filter you will potentially see the filter particles if you shoot at a very deep f-stop, and it is often only at that deep stop that dirt on the filter also becomes visible.
A bulb type blower for dust removal should be the first tool. If that does not work, remove the OLPF from the camera and use canned air to blow the glass clean. Note: keep the can motionless and upright, and move the filter around, not vice-versa.
For grease and smears, any kind of lens cleaning fluid is acceptable. Our factory uses pure alcohol, but again, do this with the filter removed from the camera. Use multiple soft lens tissues, discarding after each wipe.
If you have a specific requirement for a different colour calibration, a different strength of diffusion or a particular wavelength false-colour filter, we can provide these. Minimum order quantities for colour calibrations and wavelengths will apply.
VV size filters will mechanically fit any DSMC2 camera body. The glass area is bigger, to accommodate the larger sensor size.
For future proofing and simplicity it is possible to use the VV size filter in an S35 camera. Numerous customers queuing for the VV upgrade have selected this option. KipperTie can provide custom self adhesive OLPF masks on request to eliminate any unexpected gate flare on S35 that may arise.
Red camera bodies are either DSMC1 or DSMC2. The OLPF design is incompatible between generations.
DSMC1 filters fit:
Epic Dragon (inc. monochrome), Scarlet Dragon.
DSMC2 filters fit:
Weapon Dragon, Scarlet-W (inc. monochrome), Epic-W, Helium S35
Red One, Red One MX, Epic MX and Scarlet MX are not supported.
DSMC1 filters are discontinued for all except false colour types.
Dragon and Helium sensors have a different pixel pitch, as such it is no longer possible to be explicit about sensor optical area by referring to the ‘K’ resolution.
S35 refers to a sensor size approximating 3 perf S35 film. This covers all DSMC1 and DSMC2 RED cameras, whether 5K, 6K (Dragon) or 8K (Helium) with one exception:
VV refers to a sensor size approximating Vistavision, or full frame stills film. This is presently only available in the Weapon Dragon 8K VV and VV Anamorphic cameras.
If you are moving from one DSMC2 body to another, your filters remain compatible. Only the VV upgrade requires a change of OLPF size.
If you have upgraded from DSMC1 to DSMC2 your filters will need to be replaced.
There is a strong secondhand market for all RED accessories, however we can offer loyalty discounts for those wishing to trade-in and upgrade. Contact us directly for a discount code.
We recommend purchasing from our trusted resellers or from this site wherever possible. Local resellers will give the fastest service and the full retail facilities you would expect. If time is not critical, or you have no local reseller we offer free worldwide 5 to 7 day shipping from our online store.
KipperTie are part of RED’s approved third party product programme. Look for the ‘RED Approved’ logo.
We are happy to offer technical support and advice directly by email. Please get in contact, ideally quoting your order number so that we can identify your exact product.
For product warranty and replacement issues, please contact your reseller first, or KipperTie directly if purchased online.