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LENS PORN: Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
January 27, 2017: First Impressions of the Kenko Softon B Filter


First Published: 7 February 2017
Edit: 10 March 2017, everything was re-written from scratch



When shooting photographs, we all want sharp crispy images. The more detail/resolution the lens, the better. Today, anything that has softness is considered inferior. But why would anyone want to use a soft filter? Because it adds a beautiful dream effect for landscape, and for portraiture, it will soften the details of the skin so you won't see any blemishes, pores, wrinkles, and lines.




There are DIY alternatives to a soft filters (like vaseline and stockings), but the results did not please me. That's why I decided to venture into using dedicated soft diffusion filters instead. So now they arrive after 2 months, and here they are...

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO



The Kenko Softon B (Regular Version) is made of resin and has embossed bubbles on the surface that acts to diffuse the incoming light. At smaller apertures, the bubbles show up as artifacts. It looks like it's best to use this filter with 35mm focal length or longer (the longer the better). Used on wide angle lenses, like 18mm, the bubbles may show up as ugly blobs.

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO



The Kenko Softon B MC PRO is made of high quality multicoated glass with chemically built-in haze instead of bubbles. With this filter the soft/diffusion effect is always subtle and pretty at whatever aperture and focal length. I have this in 77mm size, so I can just buy step up rings in the future if I need it for other lenses. I like this lens more, so it's a keeper!



Now let's do a comparison!

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
No filter

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
No Filter

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Sigma 18-200mm + Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Sigma 18-200mm shot at f/8
No filter

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Sigma 18-200mm shot at f/8
Kenko Softon B

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Sigma 18-200mm shot at f/8
Kenko Softon B MC PRO
(The blur was because I missed the focus.)

Kenko Softon B and Kenko Softon B MC PRO
Signa 18-200mm at 200mm
Kenko Softon B



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