LEMAG product review - Kolari Vision ND Filter

Kolari Vision IR ND Filter

ND filters have been around almost ever since photography begun and in the recent 10-15 year made a big splash with practitioners of long exposure mushrooming all around the world. From 2-stop trough 15-stop, those filters are now a spale gear of any photographer who wants to create captivating images.

Up to know there was one thing that made may of those who practice both long exposure and infrared photography withe there was a way of combining those two approaches on converted cameras. KOLARI VISION IRND filter answers that call.

KOLARI VISION
IRND Filter comes with
lifetime warranty

Introduction:

Kolari Vision’s new Kolari Pro IRND filter, unlike other IRNDs, does not block infrared wavelengths completely. Instead, it blocks both infrared and the visible spectrum in equal amounts. This means you can use it for both types of photography.

Kolari Pro IRND filter is available in 4, 5, 10, 15, and 20 stops available immediately in 67mm, 77mm, and 82mm sizes.

Packaging:

Very solid and cool packaging used to deliver this filter to a customer – a box that opens up like an expensive jewellery box to reveal a hidden gem – a more military-looking (I guess to make the impression of it being a solid thing) box containing the filter. A very nice concept and combination working subliminally on imagination. It is clear that KOLARI VISION packaging team wanted to impress – and it works.

Filter housing box opens effortlessly – again something very important when working out of doors.

Filter build:

Built with premium ultra-thin, ultra-strong Corning Gorilla Glass, this filter is more than two times stronger than Schott B270 glass to direct impacts, and more resistant to scratches for better long term durability, all while also boasting a high internal transmission and lower refractive index than Schott B270 for sharper images.

Optically engineered to be the most neutral filter in the visible light spectrum and beyond into the infrared range. This filter delivers the most neutral darkening we’ve achieved yet in every wavelength, and at every angle. Ultra-wide angle tested and approved for excellent vignetting and color cast performance. Designed for whatever you can throw at it.

The filter is topped off with premium coatings to make the already durable glass water, oil, and scratch resistant, while reducing reflectivity.

Our verdict: Five-star durability and performance.

Filter handling:

Everyone who uses filters appreciates how immensely important in working with any filter is the way in which it can be operated. This has also not been omitting while constructing this filter. A two-stage knurling has been added to the edges to make the ultimate high-friction grip for easier handling with gloves or dry hands in any weather. Working with this filter we never experienced any issues while putting it on and taking off the lens and/or adapter ring.

The filter is housed in a precision machined 3.4mm slim brass frame for reduced vignetting and a smoother installation than aluminum, reducing cross threading and jamming.

Our verdict: Five-star easy to operate.

Conclusion and our final verdict:

Having worked with it for over a month we found the Kolari Pro IRND filter to be an excellent choice for photographers who are interested in shooting long exposure AND – at leat at times – combine it with infrared photography. The fact that the filter is available in all most popular stops make is a very attractive option for those interested. The overall quality is excellent is all aspects and it is easy to see why so many photographers have already purchased and use this filter.

We can’t recommend it highly enough.

Below are a few images taken with Kolari Vision ND Filter: