Tiffen’s Blue Streak filters simulate anamorphic lens flare on normal lenses
Tiffen has announced its new Blue Streak filters available in a range of standard cinema filter sizes. The filters are designed to simulate the look of anamorphic flare without requiring an anamorphic lens. Of course, it doesn’t do anything to change the shape of the bokeh, but you’ll get lots of blue streaks.
The filter uses Tiffen’s ColorCore process to laminate and protect the filter in between two sheets of optical-grade glass. They’re available in two different line spacing distances of 2mm and 3mm to create different looks depending on what you need. Rotating the filter allows you to change the angle of that flare to taste.
The Tiffen Blue Streak filters are available in all of the usual cinema sizes, including 4×4″, 4×5.65″ and 6×6″. They’re also expected to be coming as screw-in filters at some point, although those aren’t available on the Tiffen website yet. Tiffen says the filters are “crafted in the USA with optical grade glass” to provide the best clarify and longevity. They say they’re made to an impressive 1/10,000th of an inch flatness.
Price and Availability
The Tiffen Blue Streak filters are currently available to buy now in 2mm or 3mm spacing in 4×4, 4×5.65″ and 6×6″ sizes for $339, $499 and $649, respectively from the Tiffen website. Screw-in and other sizes of the Blue Streak filter are expected to come in the future but there’s no word yet on a date.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.