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Kolari Vision UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror Pro 2 (Pre-Order)

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Kolari Vision UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror Pro 2

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.

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

Pre-Order Info

Sizes 82mm & 77mm will be available to ship within the next 14 days. All other sizes will be ready to ship by the end of May.

Feel free to reach out to us about the status of your order via email anytime at contact@kolarivision.com

Lifetime Guarantee

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 contact@kolarivision.com. Visit our FAQ section for more information.

International Orders

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: https://www.fedex.com/content/dam/fedex/us-united-states/services/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.

***We legally can not declare lower values for customs and duties. We ship all of our international orders from the United States.  Please note that we do not collect taxes, duties, or VAT. International customers are responsible for all duties, taxes, and VAT that may be charged by their respective local customs office. You may also be subject to a brokerage charge when you choose UPS or DHL shipping options.***

Return Policy

Lens filters may be returned for a store credit minus original shipping within thirty (30) days as long as they are in mint condition. 20% Restocking fee will apply to all filter returns. Buyer pays return shipping. Refund does not include original shipping charge. We are able to waive this fee if the return is processed as a store credit or exchange.

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