Color Filter

When shooting a tungsten light scene in flash photography, subject backgrounds that are out of flash range may have an unnatural reddish tint. By attaching a color filter (sold separately) to the flash, the camera's white balance feature can automatically compensate so that the subject and background can be shot in the appropriate white balance.

  1. Attach the color filter.

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    • Securely attach the filter to the flash head as shown in the figure until you hear a “click.”
    • Make sure that the display shows Color filter attached.
    • To remove the filter, move in reverse order to lift the retaining tab on the underside of the filter and remove it from the flash head.
  2. Take the picture.

    • Set the camera white balance to Flash and take the picture.
    • White balance can also be set to Auto white balance or Auto (white priority) to shoot.
    • Check the image taken and compensate the white balance on the camera side as necessary.


  • When using a color filter, the guide number will be lowered. When using manual flash, compensate the flash output level by roughly +1 stop.
  • Do not layer a commercially available color filter with the color filter sold separately.


  • When attaching a color filter and using a wide-angle lens for flash photography, the ambient light intensity may decrease.
  • If the color filter is dirty or dusty, wipe it off with a soft, dry cloth.
  • A bounce adapter () can also be attached when using a color filter.
  • To create a tungsten light scene (slightly reddish ambiance), compensate the white balance to the amber side.