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Hi there,

Would anyone happen to know what an 'MDA' filter is? Or what filter it stands for? I was sparking on a set recently (just before the whole virus thing) and I noticed the DP's matt box on the shoot had an 'MDA' lable on it as well as a Pola for polariser. Just curious to know what the filter was.

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Could be... A friend of mine just told me he's seen on instagram another DP using these and apparently it's some kind of secret vintage diffusion filter? Who knows...

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No, that makes sense, Mitchells came in strengths A through D or E I think -- I guess the "D" (for diffusion?) was unnecessary, you'd label it M-A if a Mitchell A filter. It's in this collection of tests:

I used Mitchells for a few shots of one actress on my second feature, never used them again -- I felt that they just threw the focus off! The Tiffen Black Diffusion/FX is a better design of the same idea.

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Speaking of filters, I see that Tiffen now has "antique" versions of their diffusion line... what does that mean? I'm guessing they put their lightest grade of Antique Suede as a base color.

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1 hour ago, David Mullen ASC said:

No, that makes sense, Mitchells came in strengths A through D or E I think -- I guess the "D" (for diffusion?) was unnecessary, you'd label it M-A if a Mitchell A filter. It's in this collection of tests:

I used Mitchells for a few shots of one actress on my second feature, never used them again -- I felt that they just threw the focus off! The Tiffen Black Diffusion/FX is a better design of the same idea.

Of course!!!  Mitchells do come in strengths of A-E.  I should have known since I own two sets!  Mitchell Diffusion A is the lightest diffusion in the set.

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