Kenko PRO1D R-Twinkle Star (W) 4x filter review: a cross filter that shoots for the stars

Add a sparkle to bright lights in your evening shots with the PRO1D R-Twinkle Star (W) 4x filter from Kenko

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Kenko Twinkle Star filter
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With filter thread options from the smallest 49mm version, going up to the 82mm filter, the Kenko PRO1D R-Twinkle Star (W) 4x is neither the cheapest nor most expensive filter on the market. It's good value considering it's high-quality glass manufactured in Japan and could just give your low-light shots the edge if shooting cityscapes after dark is your thing.


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    Premium quality

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    Available in a wide variety of mounts

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    Great for creating unique low-light photos

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    Rotatable front ring to control star orientation

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    Comes with a UV-cut plastic hard case


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    Expensive (but not bad value)

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    No water repellant coating

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    Takes up space in your kit bag

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Released in July 2021, Kenko's Twinkle Star or PRO1D R-Twinkle Star (W) to give its full name, features a cross-star pattern allowing bright highlights in low light scenes to take on a strong glimmer and create "moderately sized light streaks". 

Kenko claims the PRO1D R-Twinkle Star (W) filter can shape the light captured in your pictures into twinkling stars, saying "From illuminations to fireworks and stars, this filter is effective on different light sources, including light reflections on water surfaces or sunlight filtering through trees."

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Filter typeCross-star effect
Thread diameter range (mm)49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82
Filter materialOptical glass
Frame materialAluminium
Thickness7 mm
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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.