Make a better Candy Chrome

Let’s talk about Candy Chrome, the new infrared filter that Kolari Vision sells for 100 dollars for size 52mm (77mm already costs 200 dollars).

Candy Chrome is certainly something you could get for much less money.

It is an orange filter that produces pinkish trees and cyan-blue skies. But not “straight out of” camera (SOOC), but after a red-blue channel swap. A LUT is recommended to optimize the “look”.

So what’s so special about it? “More than a year of development” writes the company. For this? Really?

I suspect that the Candy Chrome was a by-product of the search for a more genuine Aerochrome filter. A better IR Chrome, so to speak. Because the colors (unmixed) look familiar from my efforts – blue vegetation and green-yellowish sky.

The filter is orange, with a slight blue tint, so I suspect it’s a combination of a blue filter and an orange filter. It seems like the IR influence is reduced a bit, which you can get with certain blue and cyan filters.

Nothing you couldn’t create yourself with combination of 2 filters from the Lee swatchbook.

The name “Candy” in combination with this look is probably “inspired” by this. It is well known that Kolari and its French “developers” (both IR Chrome and Candy Chrome come from photographers in France) use information from forums here and there to create new filters.

The DPreview IR fans have painstakingly tested a filter combination that produces pink trees and blue skies. And not only after a channel swap, but directly from camera!

Which brings me to the real topic here – make a better Candy Chrome. So if you want this filter, only better and SOOC, then follow the path of the DPreview commenters.

Or follow my path.

Get a GRB3 filter first. This “inefficient” hot mirror lets a small amount of IR pass along with the visible spectrum. This allows new false color styles to be made, including an exact IR Chrome copy.

Now combine it with one of the following green filters. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the exact types, but the swatchbook contains them all and you can compare them on the Lee website. One of them is probably Primary Green.

Candy Chrome Green filters

Take a look. SOOC, without channel swap, without LUT!

Candy Chrome

Candy Chrome

Candy Chrome

If Kolari had offered such a filter, I wouldn’t be thrilled, but would at least find it OK. And this post would probably be nicer. Still I would show that spending 100 to 300 dollars on something you can buy for 20 is unnecessary.

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