Pearl – Diffusion OLPF
£480.00 – £580.00
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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More About KipperTie Diffusion Filters
The KipperTie lowcon diffusion filter range is carefully designed to provide the most effective, beautiful and consistent diffusion for your RED camera. A rare product that improves your images yet simplifies your rig.
Each filter combines precision scientific-grade optical components with artisan hand-production techniques. The true optical low-pass filter function is maintained, and colour calibration is matched to Red’s standard options.
By the 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.
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.
We only produce filters compatible with, but not identical to, the Skintone Highlight calibration. It is our considered technical opinion that, due to the advances in DSMC2 image processing and noise, the detrimental effects on grain are no longer considerable enough to justify the compromises in both colour gamut and other optical aspects.
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 are 20 units. Minimum quantities for custom diffusion values are 2 units.
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.
Abelcine in the USA now hold good stock levels on most products.
Worldwide resellers include:
AbelCine – abelcine.com – Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, USA
Advanced Media Technology – amt.tv – Dubai, UAE
AV8 Media – av8.com.sg – Singapore
Raid Inc – raid-japan.com – Tokyo, Japan
We are currently changing our stock indication protocol.
Currently ‘in stock’ means that we hold all necessary parts to assemble a product. It’s a lot like ordering a car that has your own specification – it is subject to assembly and testing time, and final QC which can cause delays prior to actual shipping. Our supply chain process has been undergoing improvements – make no mistake, we are new at this, so delivery time has not been optimal in many cases.
From 1st January 2017, ‘In stock’ on our website will mean we have pre-built, pre-packaged, QC-passed products ready for immediate shipping.
‘Available to order’ will refer to the above process, where we hold components in stock ready to build to order.
We will continue to allow back-orders, and to offer discounted pre-orders where applicable, and as always we trust that our customers understand that lead times here are estimated only.
We do not offer trials or rental filters, however our products are stocked by many leading RED rental houses.
In addition, our resellers are required to carry demo items for users to test.
KipperTie are part of RED’s approved third party product programme.
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.
The standard flat rate worldwide shipping we offer is via the UK Royal Mail. The International Tracked and Signed service partners with the national carrier in the delivery country for cost effective tracked delivery. In Europe 3-5 working days and worldwide 5 to 7 working days are required for delivery. We insure the packages in transit independently, and the on-time delivery success rate is over 95%.
We are happy to ship via Fedex or similar when necessary. Contact us via email with your order number to establish cost and shipping time.
It is cheaper in most cases for us to ship and pass the cost on directly, than to use a customer’s shipping account, due to the relative cost for export vs. import shipping, and due to insurance requirements – we insure independently to reduce shipping cost.
Please refer to your customer account and notification emails for a tracking number. In some cases packages that cannot be delivered during working hours are held by a local delivery office, pending customer response to a letter that is posted to them. This can greatly slow down the process – please check your tracking number regularly and contact us if you have queries. Once a parcel reaches its destination country, detailed tracking is taken on by the national postal service rather than Royal Mail.
If your package has not yet shipped, please contact us by email for an estimated lead time.