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    Gel filters

    Where can I buy gelatin filters that can be mounted either in front of or behind a lens. Are the old-style Wratten filters still available?
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    Where can I buy gelatin filters that can be mounted either in front of or behind a lens. Are the old-style Wratten filters still available?
    John,

    Yes they are, but very expensive!

    I know that B&H in NYC still stocks them, also the old Kodak Wratten filters are now made by Tiffen, anyway see the links below. One link is B&H, the other Tiffen

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Ge...7/N/4289360650

    http://www.tiffen.com/kpa.html

    Hope this helps

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    Ouch!!. Thanks, Ira.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    I've gotten a bunch of mine in lots on eBay with cameras. Given what they cost today, a big set is often worth more than the camera, even though they're usually thrown in as giveaways.

    I also like the Lee polyester filters from Calumet.
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    I have found Rosco filters to be quite free of any optical defects.

    A huge set of filters is available for $20 odd: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Selector.html

    You can cut a 3x3" out and still have a 2x3" for reference or for covering a small strobe.
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    Anscojohn,
    What filters are you looking for? I've got a slug of 3"sq. that I could be persuaded to part with.
    I've also got frames on most of them & a couple of holders(I think).
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Yeah, I have a lot of them too... various. Between several offers you might find all the filters you need. You didn't mention size though.

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    I lucked into mine at a camera show. $5 for all the cc's I need to dupe tranys and negs, and the more mainstream b&w and colour correctors. They were the 'find' at that show for me.
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    Lucky Mike... you're not likely to find a deal like that again. Were those gels or acetates? The acetates were more commonly used in duplication.

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    A mix. Some cc's and some cp's. I hobby at theatre lighting and bring home the odd scrap of that stuff too. It works fine for me in many situations, even if not optically perfect.

    The viewer of a print does not have to know what went into making the print.

    Kind of like enjoying a piece pf pie and wondering if the eggs were chilled before being whipped. If the pie is good enough no one cares how it was made.

    Theatre gel, as other posters note, is a deal. A designer swatch book from Rosco, and a life times worth of filters for most photographers for a whole $20.
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