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Neutral Density Filter for the Diana F+ Instant Back and Diana Mini

Because I've noticed at first that Diana F+ Instant images are very bright in the sunshine, and thus, no double exposures are possible, I set to work immediately and made a gray filter. Since I was at it, I did the same for the Diana Mini. I also had the same problem in sunny conditions, and in particular, cross-development often problems with overexposure.

Some time ago, I bought some color filters of LEE in an online shop for use with flash. Among all the colors, there was a pair which had neutral tones and a great gray filter that I took for making a neutral density filter.

You will need:

  • colorful postcard or something similar
  • compass
  • scissors
  • grey filter
  • cutter
  • glue
  • tape
  • ruler
  • tweezers
  • CD marker
  • toothpick

First, I cut a 5 mm wide stripe of the postcard to be adapted around the lens and stuck together as a ring with tape.

On the next step, make the cover on which you will attach the grey filter. Simply measure the size of the lens and mark using the compass.

Then comes the connection of two parts: On the ring, I stuck around some tape and cut them so that they can be folded down for better adhesion of the top cover. With the round end of the tweezers, press the tape on.

Now, I had to cut the film to the approximate size. The best way is for you to measure it. I took the rest that I cut out from the cover, and had it framed slightly larger with the CD marker.

In the interior I distributed a little rubber cement to glue the gray filter. After pressing the clean sheet, I spread the glue a bit with the toothpick on the filter so that it really holds. The good thing about rubber cement is that where some of it comes off, you can simply remove it from the filter.

Done!

I did the same thing for the lens of the Diana Mini, because I often had problems in the summer when the sun shines strongly, and most of all, with the cross processing.

Pictures with the filter and the Diana F+ and Instant Back:

Pictures with filter on the Diana Mini:

So, have fun trying this out!

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written by pearlgirl77 and translated by pearlgirl77

6 comments

  1. atsilac

    atsilac

    creative and very useful thank you! :) :D
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  2. pearlgirl77

    pearlgirl77

    @atsilac thank you :)

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  3. radiactive

    radiactive

    Very useful. Your pictures are great! ^^

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  4. peixe011

    peixe011

    I was planing to do this with a normal lens filter to amp up the saturation
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  5. litumai

    litumai

    awesome panoramics with diana mini!

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  6. pearlgirl77

    pearlgirl77

    @radiactive. thank you.. i love it to shot in the sunshine with the filter !

    @peixe011.. and do you do it with a normal lens filter?

    @litumani. thank you :)

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The original version of this article is written in: Deutsch. It is also available in: Italiano & Spanish.