Kenko Black Mist No5 filter review: Soft effect diffusion for rainy city street scenes

Boasting half the diffusion of Kenko's popular Black Mist No.1 filter we put the No.05 variant through its paces

Kenko Black Mist No5 filter
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While Kenko’s Black Mist No.05 filter holds the same high Japanese build quality as the original Black Mist No.1, its effect has purposefully been diminished, but to the point where it’s much easier to replicate its effects in post-production. We think there will inevitably be fewer use cases for this filter, but it will still have some utility for the specific needs of a niche group of photographers and videographers alike who want to inject extra atmosphere into rainy city scenes at night.


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    Premium build quality

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    Range of filter thread options

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    Image Quality

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    Effect is minimal and can be more easily replicated in Photoshop

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    Appropriate for a more niche group of people

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Released back in April 2021 Kenko’s Black Mist No.05 filter is the sibling to the company's popular Black Mist No.1 filter, which adds a hazy glow to contrast-rich scenes, though offers half the mist effect.

Much of what we said about the original Black Mist No.1 applies to this newer filter: the premium build quality is identical, and it comes in the same range of screw-in filter threads ranging from 49mm all the way up to 82mm, though we have found it at retailers to be a little less expensive.

Tiffen's UV Protector filter

Are you a beginner in photography or searching for a budget-friendly solution? Tiffen's UV Protector filter is an excellent alternative to the Digital HT Ultra Clear filter. It effectively reduces the impact of UV light and provides reliable protection for your lens - but without any multi-coated surfaces or a hefty price tag.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.