The LC-Wide is a great wide angle monster and I love to shoot with it! But why are there so little accessories for this lovely camera? No idea, but no need to worry! Read on and find out how you can gear up your LC-Wide in a fancy way!
When I wrote some Tipsters on how to accessorize your LC-A+ with close-up and color filters, some of you asked me: “And what about the LC-Wide?” I promised I would try and find an elegant way to gear up this beauty and I believe I finally have! Turns out it wasn’t hard at all!
In this Tipster, I’ll show how you can make a fancy DIY Splitzer for your LC-Wide and how to attach the Splitzer and/or color filters to your camera without hurting it!
Before you can do this, there are a couple of things you’ll need, the most important one being the correction lens that comes with the LC-Wide Instant Kit. Unfortunately, this part will be sacrificed, but maybe you have some Piggies in your bank that will help cover the cost. ;-) Everything else can be thrifted for about $1 a piece, including: a 43-62mm and a 62-67 step-up ring. Other than that, you need a piece of backing paper, cardboard, sharp craft knife and some glue.
Note – These 62mm rings may seem large, but were chosen as such for two reasons: firstly because I already have a set of 62mm color filters, secondly because of the very wide angle of the LC-W. If you find smaller color filters adjust the step-up rings accordingly (as long as you start from 43mm), but keep in mind that the LC-W is very wide angle so you don’t want to use too narrow filters.
Make the attachment point:
1. Flip the instant correction lens upside down and lay your knife as flat as possible on the magnet
2. Carefully remove the middle part (watch your fingers!)
3. Place the “empty” correction lens holder on your LC-Wide
Make the splitzer
1. Fold a piece of backing paper in half
2. Glue a thin piece of cardboard in the middle of the folded backing paper
3. Cut out half a circle (make sure the straight edge is were the backing paper is folded, so everything is nice and tight)
4. Trap the half circle in between the step-up rings and screw tight
By luck and coincidence the correction lens fits almost perfectly inside a 43mm ring.
Whether the ring holds the splitzer or a color filter, just place the 43mm end of the ring over the empty correction lens and it will stay put (unless you shake it too hard). If you like you can glue the 43mm step-up ring to the correction lens, but for my purposes I prefer the whole thing to be interchangeable.
To prove to you all this great looking splitzer also works like a charm I made you this video.
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