As probably you already know, we are a huge fan of Moment, a company that’s well-known for producing camera gear and accessories for creative professionals. Their latest release is a new lineup of diffusion filters meant to help you capture “dreamy, film-like vibes” straight out of a camera.
Inspired by cinema, the new CineBloom filters can be used with both stills and videos as the Pro-Mist diffusion filters Tiffen produces.
“The CineBloom Diffusion Filter takes the edge off your digital sensor,” Moment says. “It not only catches and blooms light, but softens hard edges and has a smoothing effect on skin tones, making wrinkles less noticeable. Escape the clinical, ultra-sharp look of digital with this specialty glass.”
Diffusion filters act as optical compressors. The light coming from bright sources — like practicals, sky, or brightly lit surfaces — hits the filter and gets broken up by tiny bumps in the filter glass and redistributed to darker areas around the bright core. The contrast of the image overall is reduced and bright parts get a kind of glow around them. This glow can help high-contrast, sharp video to look more film-like.
The filters are constructed of premium Japanese optical glass surrounded by aerospace-grade aluminum and come in seven sizes: 37mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm. They’re available in two densities — 10% and 20% — so you can choose exactly how much diffusion you’d like. Moment has designed the filters in such a way that they can also be paired with the company’s variable neutral density filters for further creative control right in camera.
Much of the effect a diffusion filter has can be recreated digitally in post, but there is a subtle difference in how the light interacts with other parts of the image that feels more organic and pleasing.
Prices start at $50 for the 37mm filter and go up to $80 for the 82mm filter.
More info on Moment’s website.