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 Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020 – San Francisco, California – Breakthrough Filters today introduced an all-new EF to RF filter adapter, making it the first non-Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter. The new EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter will start shipping on November 16th and is available for preo-rder

The all-new EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter delivers a number of hardware improvements including all-metal construction, dust and water-resistant weather-sealing and a detachable tripod foot for mounting to ballheads, arca plates and other mounts. Autofocus, Image Stabilization and EXIF are supported.

Breakthrough Filters is selling the new drop-in filter adapter for $199, and the first 500 units ordered will receive an X4 Clear for free.

Breakthrough Filters is also doing a buyback for the standard Canon EF to RF adapter ($69) as well as the Canon Drop-In filter adapter ($149). Get the program details on their website.

For more information visit:

Learn more about the "Breakthrough R" Drop-In Filter System for Canon R-series cameras.

Preorder the new Breakthrough EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter.

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Post Date: 9/16/2020 8:41:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I recommend reading this one — Breakthrough always supports its claims. Also, be sure to compare prices.

From Breakthrough Filters:

“Breakthrough R” Drop-In Filter System for Canon R-series cameras.

San Francisco, California – Breakthrough Filters today unveiled a new drop-in filter system called “Breakthrough R”, comprising 27 filters designed specially for Canon R-series cameras, such as the Canon R5 and R6. Every filter manufactured by Breakthrough Filters is now available as a “R” drop-in filter, including a number of all-new filters such as the world's first Variable ND which covers 2 to 11-stops, without an "X Pattern", Black & White Polarizers and Infrared.

Breakthrough Drop-In Filter on Canon EOS R5


“Breakthrough R” Drop-In Filters feature a rugged, weather-sealed construction designed to withstand the elements with dust and water resistance. And to make identifying filters fast and easy, each filter is color coded. Multiple “Breakthrough R” filters are easily stored in an all-new compact travel friendly cases that fits up to 5 filters. And an improved, larger adjustment wheel makes fine tuning polarization smoother than before.

Breakthrough Drop-In Filter Design

Largest Selection of Drop-In Filters

The new “Breakthrough R” Drop-In filter system has a wide range of 27 filters to choose from – Neutral Density, Polarizers, Dark CPLs, Infrared, Night Sky, VNDs and Black and White Polarizers.

Breakthrough Drop-In Filter Selection

X4 CPL Performance: Highest Transmission, Lowest Color Cast

Performance is critical to pros, whether they’re shooting detailed landscape images or 8K video. The X4 CPL is the most color neutral polarizer, with an unrivaled light transmission of 50.24%.

Breakthrough Drop-In CPL Filter Transmission

When compared to industry leading filter manufacturers of both circular and drop-in polarizers, the X4 CPL R ranks number one for light transmission and color cast performance, followed only by the Canon Drop-In CPL at 43.06%.

The result of a higher light transmission is faster shutter speeds, which can translate into sharper images and the ability to use a lower ISO when shooting video.

X4 Neutral Density Performance: Sharpest and Most Color Neutral ND Filters

Canon does not currently offer solid ND drop-in filters, however, optical performance of the X4 ND exceeds industry leading manufacturers such as Singh-Ray, B+W, Lee and many others. The X4 ND has the most neutral color transmission throughout the visible range and well into infrared.

Breakthrough Drop-In ND Filter Transmission

X4 ND R filters are available individually or as part of a set and come in 3, 6, 10, 15 and 20-stop densities.

Dark CPLs, Night Sky and Infrared

Breakthrough Filters is announcing a number of other “Breakthrough R” filters available for pre-order, including Dark CPL R in 3, 6 or 10-stop densities. The Night Sky R drop-in filter eliminates artificial light pollution between 570 and 610 nanometers within the visible light spectrum and the Infrared 720 R drop-in Infrared filter cuts visible light up to 720 nanometers.

Breakthrough VND-R: World's Largest Density Range

Breakthrough Filters is announcing a VND filter system with the largest density range of 2 to 16-stops, which comprises two filters: VND-R and Dark VND-R.

The VND-R is the first Variable ND to feature 2 to 11-stops in one filter – without the "X Pattern". The effective density range of the Dark VND-R is 10-16-stops, with one stop of overlap between VNDs.

To limit the negative consequences of the "X Pattern" caused by cross-polarization, brands of Variable ND filters make numerous VND filters, each with a small density range, thereby requiring numerous VNDs to cover a large density range.

For the first time, the VND-R Filter System allows photographers and filmmakers to make exposure changes faster and more conveniently without the need to constantly change filters.

Comparing color and transmission performance of the many Variable ND filters on the market, the Canon Drop-In VND performs impressively, easily outperforming every Variable ND on the market for color cast and overall transmission performance, ranking second only to the Breakthrough VND-R.

Even on super-wide lenses such as the Canon 11-24mm, Sigma 12-24mm, Tamron 15-35mm, the VND-R and Dark VND-R perform exceptionally well without any visible "X Pattern".

The VND-R and Dark VND-R are available for pre-order individually or as a "VND-R Set".

Black & White Polarizers

In Black & White photography a circular polarizer is often stacked with colored filters, however with the all-new Black & White Polarizers the photographer is able to achieve the same result with a single filter.

Yellow, Red, Orange and Green Polarizers can be purchased individually, or bought as a set, and is available for pre-order.

Pricing and Availability

  • Breakthrough R” drop-in filters are available to pre-order and will be available by visiting or local retail stores.
  • Breakthrough R” filters will be available in numerous filter types including Polarizers, Neutral Density, Dark CPLs, Variable NDs, Night Sky, Infrared and Clear.
  • The VND-R has the largest density range of any Variable ND filter of 2 to 16-stops, without the "X Pattern".
  • Photographers with questions about “Breakthrough R” drop-in filters or which filter is right for them can contact a specialist at +1 877-762-8427 or start a chat directly from the Breakthrough Filters website.
  • Anyone who purchases online from Breakthrough Filters will receive free home delivery and the option to trade in their current Canon Drop-In filters for credit towards the purchase of any “Breakthrough R” filters.

If you don't already have a Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, order it now from B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Watch for this: Breakthrough Photography will soon be introducing a weather sealed EF to RF Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter.

Post Date: 8/4/2020 1:24:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Due to a trademark issue (with Foveon), Breakthrough Photography has renamed their "X3" to line "X4". While the change means nothing to the quality of the product, it could cause confusion if you were looking for the older product name as it no longer exists.

In regards to the quality of these products, it is very high. Breakthrough Photography X4 ND Filters are what I use. Read the 10 Stop Neutral Density (Black) Filter Review. Then go get creative.

B&H has Breakthrough Photography X4 10-Stop ND Filters in stock.

Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Breakthrough Photography, makers of our favorite 10-stop neutral density filter, have introduced a Kickstarter campaign to jumpstart production of their X3 circular polarizer, billed as the world's sharpest and most color-neutral CPL filter.

Considering the quality of their ND filters we have no reason to doubt the claims regarding their X3 circular polarizing filter. Supporting the Kickstarter campaign will allow you to get an X3 CPL filter at a nice discount vs. retail pricing.

From the Breakthrough Photography:

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Breakthrough Photography, a San Francisco-based research and manufacturing startup, has announced a new circular polarizer called the X3 CPL. They claim the X3 CPL to be “the world’s sharpest and most color neutral circular polarizer.”

Aimed at professional outdoor photographers, the X3 CPL features SCHOTT B270 optical glass, MRC16, nanotec nano coatings and an all-new internally developed circular polarizing film, called CrystalVision, manufactured in California.

Coming off the success of the X3 Neutral Density filter launched on Kickstarter last year, the X3 CPL adapts the same proven weather-sealed “traction frame” design as the company’s X3 ND, which is CNC machined from brass.

“We took all that we learned from the success of the X3 ND and adapted it to a circular polarizer. At the core of the X3 CPL lies our internally developed, American-made CPL film, and it sets the X3 CPL apart from all other competing circular polarizers. And we’ve even designed a X3 CPL specifically for Leica shooters, and for Canon’s CINE Lens Lineup, too.” said founder and photographer Graham Clark.

The X3 CPL is immediately available for pre-order on Kickstarter in limited quantities with a December 2015 delivery schedule. Pre-ordering and product information can be found by visiting the company’s website at

“We’re really excited to bring the X3 CPL to the photography community on Kickstarter first. We’ll be offering a one-time launch sale price of up to $50 off, in limited quantities, just in time for the holiday season.”says founder and photographer Graham Clark. “If this Kickstarter campaign proves successful, the X3 CPL will be available for purchase on Amazon Prime, B&H and Adorama directly following the Kickstarter campaign.”

X3 CPL Key Features:

  • Critically sharp SCHOTT B270 Optical Glass
  • American-made CrystalVision CPL film
  • MRC16 reduces flaring and ghosting
  • nanotec nano coating layers repels elements
  • Rugged Ultra-slim Weather-sealed Traction Frame
  • 25 Year Support

X3 CPL Size & Retail Pricing:

  • 39mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm for $129
  • 67mm and 72mm for $139
  • 77mm for $149
  • 82mm for $159
  • 95mm for $189
  • 105mm for $199

Post Date: 11/11/2015 5:04:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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