Singh-Ray Filters: LB ColorCombo
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LB ColorCombo polarizer

New ColorCombo™ offers LB Warming Polarizer and LB Color Intensifier. . . BOTH in this one versatile filter!

  • Improves color saturation as it controls reflecting sunlight
  • Both filters are combined in one compact ring
  • Being "lighter, brighter" helps you see and control the image in your viewfinder
  • ColorCombo density is approximately 2 stops
  • Circular polarizer does not interfere with autofocus or auto metering
  • Maintains natural color balance and sharp image resolution
  • Useful for most outdoor subjects -- from macro to landscapes
  • Brighter viewing also helps you position Graduated ND Filters
  • Thin mount available to minimize vignetting on wide-angle lenses

By combining the LB Warming Polarizer and LB Color Intensifier into the new LB ColorCombo filter, Singh-Ray offers an especially handy and exciting tool for many outdoor and landscape photographers. Compared to Singh-Ray's previous Polarizer PLUS Color Intensifier, the ColorCombo is one full f-stop faster.

There's hardly any outdoor photo situation where the LB ColorCombo can't help improve your images, one way or the other! Not only is it perfect for fall leaves and red-rock canyons, but it's equally helpful when photographing frogs, butterflies, wildflowers and rocks in a stream. Your images will always appear natural and true to the subject, but expect to see an added "touch" of color and clarity.

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(features LB Warming Polarizer and LB Color Intensifier in one filter)

Standard profile thickness: 8.5mm more info
77mm Thin Ring profile thickness: 4.8mm more info
82mm Thin Ring profile thickness: 5.5mm more info

LB ColorCombo polarizer

Tony Sweet
tells how his LB ColorCombo helped this image

The Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo is a remarkable filter, as you can see by comparing these waterfront images taken at sundown with a Nikon D2X.

The lower image was taken without any filter and is OK, but seems a bit bland. To create a stronger, deeper color palette in the upper image, I went to my LB ColorCombo. The 90-degree angle of the sun (relative to the camera position) resulted in maximum polarization, which darkened the sky and brought the clouds out nicely. It also removed glare from the windows.

The added bonus I get with my LB ColorCombo is the color intensifying effect. I find the new LB version is a bit more subtle that Singh-Ray's previous Color Intensifier, but it does add noticeable "punch" to the color while maintaining a light visual "feel." The thin-ring mounting on my LB ColorCombo ensures that it can be used on my 12-24 mm wideangle zoom lens without vignetting.

As I see it, Singh-Ray has created another excellently crafted and versatile filter for both film and digital work.

Tony Sweet is author of Fine Art Flower Photography
and many articles in outdoor photography publications.

The LB ColorCombo is passing
every test with flying colors

When it comes to new filters, we know outdoor photographers expect only the best from Singh-Ray. We thought you would enjoy reading what several topnotch photographers have already told us after trying the LB ColorCombo.

Outdoor photographers Tony Sweet and Daryl Benson, for example, sent us the shots on this page to illustrate their early successes with the LB ColorCombo. We'll soon be adding more field notes and photos as they come in.

One important way to use the LB ColorCombo for your landscapes is by using it "along with" your Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density Filters to produce images with more of the tones and colors your eye sees in each scene. The "lighter, brighter" transmission really helps you accurately position the grad as you're looking through the viewfinder.

You'll soon find reports here from several leading photographers who are discovering that their Singh-Ray polarizers, intensifiers, and graduated ND's are every bit as important in today's digital age as they've been for the past forty years. These working professionals are convinced that it's much easier, faster and smarter to create the best possible image right at the start. . .as it's being captured in the field ... and thereby save time working with it in the computer.

By using the LB ColorCombo, you're able to improve many of your digital images. Sometimes these improvements will be dramatic, in other images the difference will more subtle. In every case, only the photographer will be aware that a filter was used; which is as it should be. You will often find the difference in those many smaller areas in the scene where overly bright spots or reflections of light would otherwise tend to wash out the color. You'll certainly see the difference in areas of intensely reflected skylight --which can be as large as a lake's surface or as small as wet pebbles or blades of grass.

You won't use this filter very long before discovering that its polarizing power almost magically reduces such reflections without altering the surrounding colors. That's why some photographers say they leave their ColorCombo on the lens "until there's a reason to take it off." Whether it's a scenic vista or a macro shot of a butterfly, the built-in LB Color Intensifier is there to subtly enrich the reds. browns, and greens.

In a nutshell, that's why Singh-Ray looks forward to bringing you more reports on how well today's LB ColorCombo is serving today's serious outdoor photographers. We believe it's a combination that will always work for you.

Daryl Benson explains how he
"got lucky" and captured this image

On a recent trip, I found my first opportunity to shoot with the new LB ColorCombo filter. As advertised, it is definitely brighter to both look through and shoot through. I decided to put it on my lens and leave it there. This trip was more of a scouting trip with other business on the side so I was mostly driving. I kept the camera gear handy, as always, on the seat next to me. You know, just in case a moose jumped out of the bush doing a polka.

Shooting this way is often a very run-and-gun style. You see something, run out, shoot it, and on you go. By having filters already on my lenses and shooting without a tripod, I can save a few seconds. And sometimes seconds make the difference between merely seeing something and actually getting it on film (digital sensor). As a veteran landscape photographer, I know it's blasphemous to admit that I shoot anything without a tripod, but that's what I've been doing a good percentage of the time recently. It's now possible to bump the ISO setting up on my digital cameras, with very little loss of quality, and shoot hand-held more often. I find that liberating the camera from the tripod really frees me to explore a lot more possibilities as I poke about with just the camera in hand. Capturing the dramatic image you see here, for example, was possible only by adopting this "run-and-gun" shooting style.

As I was driving home from Valleyview, Northern Alberta, on a cloudy early morning, the gray sky suddenly opened up to let the sun shine through ... but only momentarily. I'm sure you've seen this sort of thing. The light when this happens is marvelous! It's like a warm spotlight surrounded by a deep purple overcast. The colour contrast is beautiful.

When I drove by this subject so beautifully lit in a nearby field, I stopped, grabbed the camera and dashed out into the field. Sometimes you get lucky.

I quickly shot five hand-held frames from different angles before the light faded and the overcast returned. In this image the ColorCombo definitely made a difference. Because I was shooting at a 90-degree angle to the sun, the built-in polarizer really worked its magic. When the sun popped out, the scene was bright enough that I could have used my "old" Singh-Ray Polarizer PLUS Color Intensifier and still hand-held the shot, but with the LB ColorCombo on the lens, I have 2/3 of an f-stop more light to work with and a bit more room for error (in other words, a faster shutter speed to offset camera shake created by my rapidly pounding heart that was nearly exhausted after sprinting a hundred yards across the field. Man am I ever out of shape!

I leave tomorrow morning for 10 days of peat bagging* into Mount Robson Park, British Columbia. Of course I'll have my Singh-Ray LB filters with me.

Outdoor photographer Daryl Benson is author of
A Guide to Photographing the Canadian Landscape
plus many other books and articles on photography.

* "peat bagging" is slang for roughing it a bit while eating your meals out of an old peat bag

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