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    Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    So I'm sure those of you who're speed freaks like I am and got the Aero-Ektar to shoot with on your Speed Graphic have run into the problem of not being able to shoot it wide open in daylight, even with ISO 50 film. In such cases you need to stop down (boo) or, somehow attach an ND filter... and yet there's no simple way to attach a filter on the AE.

    Our favorite AE accessory maker Jo Lommen has a great-looking filter holder attachment, but it is a bit costly even without shipping.

    For this reason, I DIY'd a filter holder using a plastic lid that came with a can of powder protein: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6887419...7627934910888/

    But it was ugly as hell, and structurally unstable because the parts were glued using hot-glue. With the advancement in 3D printing technology, I'd been meaning to create a 3D printed version of my DIY filter holder for a while, and recently filially got around to designing one, which I present to you here.

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    The idea is that you order the 3D printed substrate that I designed from Shapeways:
    http://www.shapeways.com/model/89228...ductBox-search

    Separately purchase an 82-77 step down ring (as cheap as $1.60 shipped on Ebay), and bond the ring to the substrate thereby completing the filter holder. The whole thing, including shipping of the substrate and purchasing a good bonding agent (I use Devcon epoxy) ends up being around $35, or about 1/4 the price of the JoLo holder. Obviously, it's not as sturdy or as good looking as the JoLo one, so consider this as a poor man's alternative.

    Anyway, if you're interested, please take a look at the Shapeways page. I also uploaded a video tutorial of the filter holder.

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    cool
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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    Yeah, it works really surprisingly well, if I say so myself. And it's light enough that I wouldn't mind leaving the darn thing on the lens at all times.


    I will have to test how much, if any, interference the added few mm in front of the lens will impact movement...

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    Wow! Shapeways is like Blurb in 3D! Great solution!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coisasdavida View Post
    Wow! Shapeways is like Blurb in 3D! Great solution!
    I agree; moreover, 3D printing technology itself is, I believe, where it's AT right now. I can totally see myself purchasing a printer for myself in the next year or two so that I can start making stuff like this at home (for much cheaper). Fun times.

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    That is awesome, RawheaD!

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    Quote Originally Posted by amac212 View Post
    That is awesome, RawheaD!
    Thanks buddy; I'm starting to hear back from the first "customers" of the holder, and the response has been good so far!

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    RawheaD:
    First off, this is very cool...
    Question: I understand that the step down ring is to be glued to the substrate, but what keeps the assembly on the lenshade? Is it a pressure fit thing?

    Thanks - keep up the good work!
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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    It's pressure as well as a notches that keep the assembly in place.

    You slide down the holder, which has three slits where the three metal protrusions are on the inner circumference of the built-in lens shade. One pushed all the way in, you can rotate the assembly; when the protrusions go over the notches, the assembly locks into place

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesGilmore View Post
    RawheaD:
    First off, this is very cool...
    Question: I understand that the step down ring is to be glued to the substrate, but what keeps the assembly on the lenshade? Is it a pressure fit thing?

    Thanks - keep up the good work!

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    Re: Filter Holder for Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm f2.5

    Great~
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