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Old 15th of March 2009 (Sun)   #1
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Default DIY - Filters for Lee, HiTech, Cokin, and Other Filter Holders

In another thread, Frank, aka "PhotosGuy," passingly proposed that I make a sunburst filter. As a DIY type of guy, I quickly welcomed the idea of doing just that. About two years ago when I purchased the Lee filter system, I wasn't too thrilled to have paid an exorbitant amount for it, so I decided it was time that I put the Lee UWA ring adapter and the holder to extra work by making a series of DIY filters to go with the system.

Although I'm beginning with the "sunburst filter," I'm going to create other types as I go. For now, here's how I made the "sunburst filter." For those who own HiTech or Cokin system, all you have to do is make an adjustment in the plastic glass's dimension and thickness.

1) Instead of using a glass, I decided to go with this "Lexan" clear plastic that is coated with UV protection on one side. I got this from Lowe's for $3.98 which yields 3 filters the same size as the Lee's 4x6" filters... Or 4 for Cokin's, etc...


2) I cut it to exact dimension as the Lee's 4x6" Soft GND .9 filter that I own (shown on the right) and make grid lines about 1/16th of an inch apart with a box cutter with enough pressure to just scratch...


3) Closer views...





4) Slides perfectly into the Lee holder, shown here on my 40D with 10-22mm UWA lens. Additional holder slots allow a combination of filters...






5) A couple of quick tests (oh I forgot to turn the ring to have the lights bursting in different patterns, but I'll get to it later...) I had my boys in the back of my car when I tested these hand held and braced against my car door from inside, so I didn't have quality time to do various things with the filter...





These were very first ones taken with such filter, and I realized that there are proper techniques and experience to go with making a good use of such filter. In other words, you don't just slap the filter on and shoot and expect to get the desirable effects. But my initial tests look promising, and I'll post a more improved set of images in the near future.

I'll also post other kinds of filters that I'm planning on making as I go....
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Post more photos...I would like to see progress on this.
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Old 15th of March 2009 (Sun)   #3
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Very nice tut!
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For some background, it started here: Need star effect filter opinion

And, for more filter info, be sure to look at the "Similar Threads" links at the bottom-left of this page.
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Here's one more quickie sample test shot...

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Sweet!

I gotta ask, how long did it take you to make such perfect lines!?!
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I gotta ask, how long did it take you to make such perfect lines!?!
If I had paid attention to what I was doing the first time, it'd have taken approximately 15-20 minutes, but I lost my focus during this repetitive and tedious task of making tight grid lines with a ruler and a box cutter on the first try. With just one careless move, my box cutter drew a long erroneous line across several grids! I didn't want to draw grids ad infinitum, so on my second try, the glass received my fullest attention!!
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It actually looks quite professional, very nice job!
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That's pretty cool, good job!
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