Singh-Ray Filters: LB Color Intensifier
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Light transmission of our Singh-Ray LB Color Intensifier is 2/3-stop brighter than before. . . with no loss in chromatic intensity!

The LB Color Intensifier delivers big improvements over our previous Intensifier

  • You gain faster shutter speeds for sharper images OR smaller lens openings for more depth of field
  • You also gain a brighter viewfinder image
  • Aids autofocusing speed and accuracy
  • Intensifies green as well as warm colors --without looking "unnatural"
  • Greater light transmission improves camera's autofocusing and metering in low light
  • Brighter viewfinder images helps you position Graduated ND Filters
  • Also available in the new LB "ColorCombo" Filter combined with the new LB Warming Polarizer

New Singh-Ray Lighter, Brighter Color Intensifier

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On an overcast winter afternoon in Ohio, the new LB Color Intensifier added a subtle but much-appreciated improvement in the color depth and warmth of this digital image.

By comparing the "with" and "without" images, you'll see that the LB Color Intensifier does not alter or exaggerate in any way the subject's natural appearance. Nor is any color cast introduced in the white and less saturated areas.

The Singh-Ray LB Color Intensifier is praised by more and more digital photographers as the best way to capture the full color range of various subjects at the moment the image is made in the camera. This helps simplify the post production process because "there's more color in the file to start with."

Despite its "intense" name, the effect of the Singh-Ray LB Color Intensifier is subtle -and natural looking- just enough to enrich the color contrast in so many of your outdoor scenes from landscapes to close-ups (yes, even macro photos).

Look through the new LB Color Intensifier, you see it's clearly lighter and brighter than our previous intensifier. It performs, however, the same as before. The difference now is that all your exposures with this LB filter will be faster and your viewfinder image will be brighter --which is especially nice if your camera is a DSLR.

What's better about Singh-Ray's LB Color Intensifier

Elves Chasm
"Without the LB Color Intensifier, the green in the water had very little reflective light or color."
--Steve Kossack

Years ago, when color enhancing filters were introduced, they were made from a mix of rare-earth elements known as "didymium" glass. These filters accentuated red and orange areas in foliage, sunsets, and similarly warm subjects. Often, however, they would produce color transparencies marked by an overall magenta cast in the neutral, white, green and lighter pastel shades of such scenes. Many photographers and picture editors found this unnatural magenta cast objectionable and unacceptable.

To solve this problem, the Singh-Ray Color Intensifier was introduced in 1995. While it does not "pump" the red in a scene quite as much as didymium filters, the overall results are much more natural and believable (in part because green foliage is also enhanced). The cleaner rendering of neutral colors and white areas are big reasons for the popularity of Singh-Ray's Intensifier Filter among serious outdoor photographers.

When to use it
As they make the move from film to digital cameras, many photographers are finding more ways to put their Color Intensifier to work. Some, in fact, use it "most of the time" for their various subjects and lighting conditions. Now that their LB Color Intensifier adds only 1/3 of an f-stop more exposure, they have even more reason to use it often.

Steve Kossack, landscape photographer/workshop leader, discusses the LB Color Intensifier

The LB Filter Series
A striking advance in photographic filters is being introduced; a new series of photographic filters that are lighter and brighter. That's what the "LB" means; Lighter and Brighter. I've had the opportunity to work extensively over the better part of 2005 with these new filters from Singh-Ray and they are fantastic.

Designed for digital photographers with smaller, dimmer viewfinders, these filters allow sixty-six percent more light than the previous versions, which translates to two thirds of a stop. If you hold the LB and its predecessor up to the light, the remarkable difference is immediately apparent to the naked eye. There is also no loss of effectiveness or color fidelity from the previous intensifier. Let's not forget that when you can see more clearly though the lens, so can your camera! This means that all the electronics can do their job even better. The light meter reads much better and so does the auto focus. All functions are improved and you can compose more easily as well!

"Snap, crackle and pop" is the way I might describe this new LB Intensifier. While not a breakfast cereal, I think some of this is applicable to the LB color intensifier.  I first and foremost noticed the boost in intensity in the greens. This is one of the most difficult areas of the landscape for me to capture. It's one of the most difficult to manipulate in post processing as well. The greens jumped at me! Where you would most expect to see the improvement, I did. That would be the browns and reds. The best was yet to come however. A bright blue sky was simply deeper blue! No color cast, And .....the whites were white!

I'm not a technical person and I couldn't begin to tell you what it is exactly that is different from the previous versions. I shot frames using both my previous Singh-Ray Color Intensifiier and new LB. I can tell you what differences I see, in the hope that this is the bottom line anyway. The new LB color intensifier has a cooler feel. It renders color that's more natural and life like. The intensified color gives more definition and detail and adds an element of depth that was not present before.

Now for the even better news, the filter has only a one third to two thirds f/stop filter factor! I see it as a free lunch!

If there is a drawback to using this filter I've yet to find it.

North Canyon
"The LB Color Intensifier really helped with the color in the water while the Vari-ND made it possible to slow down the shutter speed to one second in the bright daylight."
--Steve Kossack

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