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Blackstone ND

Wine Country Camera introduces Blackstone ND, a premium line of 100x100mm glass ND filters. Blackstone ND filters use the latest ND technology to ensure that they're completely color neutral with full IRND attenuation and are able to resolve 100+ megapixel cameras with zero image degradation. Blackstone ND filters are delivered in gorgeous retail packaging and are pre-installed in a free Wine Country Camera filter vault. Blackstone ND filters are available in 3, 6 and 10 Stops. 

 
 
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100% Neutral. 100% Resolution.

Blackstone ND filters are a technological leap-frog advancement over competing ND filters. Legacy dye-based ND filters suffer from serious color cast. The first generation of Vapor Deposition Coated (VDC) ND filters have largely corrected the color cast problem, but lack the ability to resolve high-megapixel camera without diffusing the image. Wine Country Camera’s exclusive Blackstone ND features the next generation of vapor deposition coating that is both perfectly neutral across all spectrums of light (including UV and IR) and resolves the image with zero diffusion effect.

Visible Light + UV & IR

Digital cameras place a far greater demand on filters to perform across the entire light spectrum due to the digital sensor’s ability to record both UV and Infrared light. Legacy “stoppers” are now obsolete as the digital sensor records both the color cast and the infrared light pollution that overwhelms the sensor and causes digital artifacts. Blackstone’s NextGen VCD technology is perfectly neutral across all spectrums.


100+ Megapixel

The trajectory of cameras and megapixels is an obvious one. 35mm sensors are regularly resolving 40+ to 50+ megapixels, while medium format cameras are at 100 megapixels. Many filters (especially bonded ones) simply cannot resolve light at a sufficient resolution. The result is blurring of the image. Blackstone ND filters are designed and extensively tested on high megapixel Phase One cameras to ensure that they resolve to the highest degree possible. The Blackstone ND coating is the state of the art in ND science. 

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Fire Polished Schott Ultra White Glass

If you’re going to build the best ND filter in the world, use the best glass in the world. Period. Schott’s Ultra White optical glass has a crystal-like appearance and extremely high transmittance across the visible light spectrum. Schott Ultra White glass features an extremely flat, fire polished surface to eliminate any visible distortions caused by surface imperfections.

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Phase One IQ180, 80 megapixel file, 1/20th second at F8 with no filter.

Phase One IQ180, 80 megapixel file, 1/20th second at F8 with no filter.

Phase One IQ180, 80 megapixel files, 60 seconds at f8 with the Blackstone ND 10 Stop filter.

Phase One IQ180, 80 megapixel files, 60 seconds at f8 with the Blackstone ND 10 Stop filter.

Perfectly Neutral

For anyone who has used a different brand's 10 "stopper" the above images should be astonishing. Blackstone ND filters are so color neutral and so resolving that - aside from the exposure duration - the images with and without filters are virtually indistinguishable.

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Zero Loss of Resolution

The above images are 100% crops taken from an 80 megapixel Phase One IQ180 file. One image was 1/20th of a second with no filter. The other image was 60 seconds exposure with a Blackstone ND 10 Stop filter. Blackstone's NextGen Vapor Deposition Coating is so advanced that there is zero loss of resolution, zero color shift, and zero surface distortions. In fact, the two images are so close in terms of image quality, we're not going to tell you which one is which.

WCC Quality

Our mission is clear. We’re dedicated to providing the most innovative products available for photographers. We don’t skimp on quality and only use the finest materials. Anything less is unacceptable.

Includes Protective Filter Vault

Each Blackstone ND filter includes a protective filter vault for free (a $35 value). Filter vaults protect the filter from fingerprints and damage. When used in the Wine Country Camera filter holder system, they create a light tight enclosure to eliminate reflections behind your filters.
Wine Country Camera’s innovative filter holder system redefined how photographers use filters.

Our holder system focuses usability once the camera is on the tripod, and allows the photographer to fine tune their images using an iterative workflow.

 

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