A common question that people have while converting their camera to full-spectrum is whether or not they can still shoot in “regular light.” The short answer is yes, you absolutely can. The long answer is that with an external filter that’s designed to cut UV and IR light, the image will be taken within the visible light spectrum but some filters can just be a bit off in auto white balance.
This is exactly why we’re proud to introduce the next generation of filters of its kind, the Kolari Hot Mirror Pro 2. With more than 50 layers of optical coating put on over a 10 hour period, each Hot Mirror Pro 2 is made with quality and precision in mind.
When we introduced our original hot mirror filter, we optimized the spectral response to match the cameras that were on the market at the time as closely as possible. Now almost 10 years later, cameras have changed and our filter manufacturing capabilities have improved. We may have had the best hot mirror on the market already, but we’ve taken things a step further and outdone ourselves with the Hot Mirror Pro 2. We can now achieve even higher color accuracy and virtually identical performance to stock cameras with an auto white balance. We achieve all of this while also mounting the filter into our newest precision brass rings so you can feel the true quality of the product. The new brass rings thread perfectly and make installation easier even when you shoot with gloves on in the winter. The Kolari Hot Mirror Pro 2 feels just as good as it looks.
Our first iteration, the Kolari Vision UV/IR Cut Color Correcting Hot Mirror Filter, had extremely close color accuracy but had some mixed results when used on auto white balance. The second generation, the Kolari Hot Mirror Pro 2 takes this impressive level of accuracy and gets in even closer to the color output achieved with a stock camera. We measured hundreds of original camera sensor filter transmissions from modern era cameras and plotted their transmission curves. We found that there is some variation between individual cameras and brands, and we spent the last year testing and refining a filter to match the average transmission of a modern digital camera.
Most camera brands use both a blue absorbing filter and a UV/IR coated filter to cut UV and IR to ideal levels for visible shooting. We offered our two spectrum conversion as our way of mimicking this process before, but now instead of stacking two filters together, we’ve combined them into one product.
We welcome you to see the results of our work for yourselves.
(Kolari Vision UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror Pro 2)
(Original Kolari Vision UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror)
All shots taken for these comparisons were done with Canon RPs, one stock and one with a full spectrum conversion. Each set of photos was taken with the same ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and using an auto white balance.
Full-Spectrum Canon RP + Kolari UVIR Cut Hot Mirror Pro 2 + Auto White Balance
Stock Canon RP + Auto White Balance
Full-Spectrum Canon RP + Original Kolari UVIR Cut Hot Mirror + Auto White Balance
You can see here that the color balance of our Hot Mirror Pro 2 is much improved over our original hot mirror. Our original hot mirror lens filter has a much more cool bias when compared to a stock internal UV/IR cut hot mirror. Our new Hot Mirror Pro 2 is also much better than the original when it comes to rendering skin tones. We borrowed Kolari Vision’s own William Martinez for the following test shots. All photographs were taken with Canon RPs with the same settings.
Ultra-Wide Lens Disclaimer: Our UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror Pro 2 will produce color vignetting at ultra-wide angles. This appears as green/blue-tinted corners when shooting at focal ranges wider than 30mm. We recommend using this filter with lenses no wider than 16mm for APS-C cameras, or 30mm for Full Frame cameras.
At Kolari, we build our filters to last and have complete confidence in their performance. You will too with our lifetime guarantee against defects. If you find something wrong with your filter, at any time, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our FAQ section for more information.
Do you accept international orders?
Absolutely! For accurate shipping costs, please enter your complete shipping address during the checkout process. Some locations may be subject to a remote area surcharge via FedEx Express. The system will not automatically calculate this surcharge. Please check the following link if your city/zip code is considered a remote area: Zipcodes_OPA_ODA.pdf
If you place an order and your city/zip code is on this list, we’ll reach out to you via email to collect the surcharge.
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Kolari Return Policy
60-Day Hassle-free Returns
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, Kolari accepts returns on most products within 60 days of purchase. We can either provide exchanges in the form of store credit, which can be used sitewide, or we can issue full refunds via the method you originally used for payment. To be eligible for a full refund, the product must be in new, mint condition, including all original, undamaged packaging materials and accessories. Items that are damaged, dirty, dented, scratched, or missing major components may be denied for return. Kolari is not responsible for personal data or items left inside of returned merchandise.
All returns must be pre-approved by Kolari before items are sent back. To initiate a return or exchange, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, order number, and reason for return. Once the return has been approved, you will receive an RMA/packing slip that must be included in the return shipment. Unless the incorrect product was received or your product arrived damaged or defective, you are responsible for all return shipping costs. Kolari strongly recommends purchasing tracking and insurance when sending items. Kolari will not take responsibility for any returns lost or damaged in the mail.
Damaged, Defective, or Incorrect Items
It is important to thoroughly inspect all items upon delivery. If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect product, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days of product delivery to file a claim. Once a claim has been filed, we will work with you to solve the problem.
Orders outside the 60-day return period
Damaged products not reported within 14 days of delivery
Items no longer in like-new condition (scratched, damaged, dented, cracked, dirty)
Products with missing accessories or packaging
Digital items such as LUTs, presets, online courses, or photography software
International customers or customers in U.S. territories are responsible for both return shipping and any duties associated with the return. Original shipping costs, import duties and taxes are also non-refundable.
Refunds do not include any shipping charges on the initial order. Items purchased with free shipping will still receive a full refund on the value of the item. The customer is responsible for all return shipping charges to send the product back to Kolari. Kolari cannot provide return labels at this time.
If any condition of the return policy listed above is not met, Kolari reserves the right to reject the return entirely or impose a restocking fee of 20% of the purchase price of the item, not including shipping. If a returned item is unopened or appears to be in brand-new condition, including packaging and accessories, the restocking fee will be waived.
All returned orders that were paid via PayPal will incur a non-refundable fee of 5% of the purchase price of the item, not including shipping. The PayPal fee will be automatically waived if you choose to accept your refund as store credit, which can be used for purchases sitewide.
Can I return used gear?
All used gear sales are final and not eligible for a return unless the product in question is damaged or defective upon delivery or not as described. If used gear is found to be damaged, defective or not as described, it must be reported within 14 days of purchase for potential return.
Can I return converted cameras?
All of our cameras are made to order upon your request. Due to the custom nature of our converted cameras, all converted camera sales are final and not eligible for a return, however, they are covered by our warranty. For warranty details please refer to the specific product page.
Can I return my order after the 60-day return period?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any returns outside of our 60-day return period. If you’re having issues with any of our products, please send an email to email@example.com and we’ll be more than happy to help or troubleshoot your issue.
What if I purchased Kolari products from another site and/or seller?
For purchases made through third-party resellers such as Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay, or others, customers will need to contact the vendor directly for any exchange or return requests. Unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds for purchases made through these resellers.
Who is responsible for shipping costs?
The customer is responsible for all return shipping costs, including optional tracking and insurance, unless the item that was received was incorrect, damaged, or defective, in which case Kolari will provide you shipping instructions to return the item at our cost.
jmadhavan (verified owner) –
I had converted my camera to a full-spectrum camera and got this filter for natural light photography. The product was shipped on time and Kolari has been very responsive to inquiries when I have needed it. The filter itself is awesome as are all the filters that I have bought from them.
Harold (verified owner) –
I have been using the original Hot Mirror on my full-spectrum conversion and been happy with it. The original version has a cool quality to it, and I created a DataColor preset to help with the overall white balance. I was happy with the results, because at times it allows me to carry only one camera for both visible and IR shooting. After reading about the Pro 2, I decided to spring for it. I shot a series of photos with my converted camera using the original Hot Mirror and the Pro 2. I shot the same camera with a regular Olympus OM-D EM-1 mk ii, the same model as my converted camera. I have DataColor presets for all three. While the original Hot Mirror has satisfactory results, the Pro 2 photos are indiscernible from the normal camera. My recommendations are as follows: for a first time purchase go with the Pro 2; for those of you with the original version, it’s worth it if you want to carry only one camera.
Steven Bodine (verified owner) –
I concur wholeheartedly with the previous two reviews of the Kolari Vision UV-IR Cut Pro 2 and don’t have too much to add. In my case I have a Nikon D5500, full spectrum converted for astro-photography, and wanted to continue using it for normal photography. The color balance is just beautiful.
David Fiala (verified owner) –
I have used 3 other brands of this type of filter and none even compare to this one. It does really let me used the auto white balance on my full spectrum Fuij. I just received a 67mm and the shipping was as fast it could be. I went with the Priority Mail shipping because Kolari is so fast to ship. Some companies offer fast shipping options but it is frustrating when you pay for it only to wait days for the item to ship. I ordered my filter on Tuesday and here it is on Friday. The only drawback to getting filter is that it is so good. Now I have to have one in 77mm.