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Video Review: Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra For iPad

by Felix L. Esser on 08/04/2012

Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra is a very sophisticated photo editing app for the iPad. Bigger sibling to the Photo fx 5 app for the iPhone, Photo fx 5 Ultra comes with a plethora of image manipulating algorithms which mostly imitate photographic filters like grad filters, diffusion filters etc. (Tiffen being mainly a filter manufacturer.) However, Photo fx Ultra also sports some basic editing tools that let you crop and rotate your pictures as well as tune colors, contrats, levels etc. In this video review, we take a closer look at the manifold options Photo fx Ultra has to offer.

Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra Specs

From Tiffen’s website:

  • Choose from 68 filters organized into 7 different filter groups
  • Select from a total of 836 presets
  • Try one of the 65 different color or black and white film looks
  • Add realistic diffusion to photos using a library of 50 interesting textures
  • Create natural lighting effects using 117 different patterns
  • Choose from 27 grain presets to simulate popular motion picture film stocks
  • Add multiple filters without saving
  • Selectively apply filters by painting a mask
  • Modify filters with sliders, on-screen controls or presets
  • High resolution support up to 2048 pixels
  • Edit in portrait or landscape mode
  • Crop, Rotate, Straighten
  • Zoom into the image with the Close-Up Lens filter
  • Compatibility with the still image editions of the Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter software
  • Quickly search for filters and presets
  • Integrated Help
  • Photo fx Ultra is priced at $5.99.

Download Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra from iTunes here.

Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra Video Review

The video review is split up into two parts (YouTube wouldn’t let me upload the whole video at once) which you find below. Each part is about thirteen minutes long and covers about 50 % of the functionality of the app. Since the video review is rather extensive, I will not be losing many more written words about the software. Following the review, at the bottom of this page you will find some sample pictures edited in Photo fx 5 Ultra.

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Part 2:

Verdict

I already said it in the video: Tiffen Photo fx 5 Ultra is a very powerful tool that should not be missing on your iPad. The amount of functionality which is programmed into this app makes it well worth its price on iTunes. While I personally found a lot of the filters which the app offers to be of doubtful practical use, you might find them to be exactly what you need. And even if you’re not going to use all of the filters of Photo fx 5 Ultra, the basic photo editing and color grading functions make it the ideal companion for quickly editing your digital captures on-the-go.

Sample Pictures

Vignette + Bleach Bypass filter

Diffusion filter

Light filter: Star

Levels corrected + anti-haze filter

Levels corrected, ND grad filter, colored grad filter, contrast enhanced

Color correction + Ice Halo filter

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