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Introducing: STC Optics filter Series

Simon Skinner - 4 years ago

STC filters are the new kids on the block when it comes to photographic filters. Demonstrating real innovation, it’s their intention to change the way we see and use camera filters in our everyday shooting lives. After getting our hands on the filters, we thought we’d walk you through some of the products in their range along with some of the features we liked in our latest hands-on video.

Kicking off with real innovation in the photo market, which is something we don’t say all that often, is STC’s clip-in filters. The company strapline suggests that all you’ll need is ‘one filter for any lens’. Does that sound great or what?

Instead of placing this new type of filter when you’re already out on location, we found it best practice to place it before walking out of the door. This makes changing your lens much simpler and the clip-in filter also offers excellent protection to your sensor, especially for those shooting with mirrorless cameras.

If you’re a Sony shooter, they also have a clip-in sensor protector, which won’t affect your images, but works as a barrier for your beloved sensor and stops any dust slipping in when switching lenses.

STC’s Clip-in filters are available in all types, including ND, UV, Astro and Infrared.

Onto the STC Sapphire UV filter. Taking a step away from chemically strengthened glass, STC has opted for using the naturally forming sapphire crystal as the core material in their UV filter. Made with 61+ layers of aerospace-grade optical coatings, it’s safe to say that STC goes above and beyond what is generally accepted in a UV filter. It truly takes protection to another level and, as we are heading out for some rigorous testing, we will report back in a future video as to how well it holds up over long periods of use.

The Variable ND filter is next on our kit list and we have been using it to film some of our reviews and we are really impressed with it. The indicators on the side for each graduation are very accurate and makes setting up the exposure on the camera a lot easier. The physical theory of “X” effect at maximum graduation is said to be unavoidable, however, it does very well in keeping this issue at bay but we will be conducting more tests to see how it handles everyday filming environments.

We’re in the process of testing these filters to see just what it is that makes STC such an interesting brand. Check out our video below that walks through their filters in greater detail. Don’t forget to comment, like, share and subscribe!

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.