The HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 is a classic soft filter that creates a softening effect in your image by removing edge sharpness. It also gently reduces the contrast of the image, which allows the filter to ultimately create a charming and dreamy atmosphere. That makes the filter a perfect choice not only for portrait and commercial photography but also for video production, since it can let people and objects appear in a more lovely and appealing way.
The HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 has weaker effect compared with HOYA SOFTENER No1.
The HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 creates the soft effect through scattering the light. This is achieved by ring-shaped deformations that are arranged randomly over the surface of the glass.
Close-up HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 surface
The HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 is mainly suggested for portraits. The skin of the model becomes soft, unwanted details are hidden and the overall mood of the image looks more stylized.
Another fantastic way to use the HOYA SOFTENER No0.5 is for illuminations, as the soft effect goes well with light sources.
You can also take advantage of creating a dreamy atmosphere in landscape photography.
Short movie "The dog Dream" by Harrison Kraft
The following HOYA soft filters are used:
HOYA SOFTENER No0.5
HOYA SOFTENER No1
HOYA DIFFUSER No1
HOYA Variable Density II
|SOFTENER No0.5||DIFFUSER No1||SOFTENER No1||FOG No0.5||FOG No1|
|Focus||Lighter softening||Middle softening||Stronger softening||In focus||In focus|
|Contrast||Slightly reduced||No change||Slightly reduced||No change||No change|
In order to avoid purchasing one of those counterfeit filters we highly recommend to purchase only from official retailers that are recognized by HOYA's official global distributors. Prior the purchase kindly inquire and verify whether a retailer is authorized by HOYA global distributors. You may find the contact in the HOYA global distributors list.