Kenko MC Twilight Blue and Red filters review: boost colors at sunset and in the blue hour

Want to boost the blue or red tones in your sunrise and sunset photos? These Kenko Twilight filters designed for golden and blue hour photography could be for you!

Kenko MC Twilight Red Blue filter
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While prices start quite affordable for the 49mm versions, for professionals with larger wide-angle lenses you're looking at spending about $150 for the pair in the 82mm fit. If you're really into landscapes and love shooting sunrise and sunset scenes, and you also find that your colors are coming out a little flat straight from camera then these would be a great option. Although a tad pricey, they do have a premium Japanese build, top image quality, and multiple coatings which all help boost their value and justify the pricetag.


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    Enhance colours in the golden and blue hours

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    Top image quality

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    Can be stacked to create purple tones

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    Multi Anti-Reflection coating


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    Quite expensive (£70 for the 82mm version)

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    Cut the light flow by half (one f/-stop)

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    Spec omits a water repellent coating

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    Another thing to carry in your kit bag

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    Vignetteing is an issue when stacking filters together at ultra-wide focal lengths

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For landscape photographers, twilight offers some of the best lighting to bathe your scenes in, from the rich golden hour tones around sunrise and sunset or the more muted pastel colors you see when the sun dips below the horizon.

Kenko's MC Twilight Blue and Red filters claim to help you "take inspiring photos of the sky during twilight" and are color filters designed specifically for dawn and dusk photography.

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Filter typeColor enhancement
Thread diameter range (mm)49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82
Filter materialOptical color glass
Frame materialAluminium
Thickness6 mm
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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.