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rickpaul Silver Member Charter MemberTue 07-Apr-09 12:32 AM
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"Homemade filters for SB-900"


Tucson, US
          

One of the nice features of the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is the new snap-on filter holder, which holds the gel filters in place much better than an SB-800.

So to reduce cost of replacement filters, and get more filter options than Nikon provides, I decide to make my own.

I start by ordering some Rosco Cinegel Roscosun 20" x 24" filter sheets. $6.50 a sheet.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/44198-REG/Rosco_RS340711__3407_Filter_RoscoSun.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/

Then I asked a friend to help me creating a template to help cut the filters to the exact same size as the Nikon filters:



I was then able to cut filter than matched in size pretty close!



And it fits in the filter holder well:



And fits on the SB-900 just great!



This weekend I'll experiment on painting white squares on the filters so the flash can read the filter type.


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drbrog Gold Member Charter MemberTue 07-Apr-09 01:57 AM
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#1. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Chicago, US
          

Thanks for posting this great tip!

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Tue 07-Apr-09 08:21 AM
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#2. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Paignton, GB
          

>This weekend I'll experiment on painting white squares on the
>filters so the flash can read the filter type.

Rather than using paint, you could try cutting small squares from water-slide decal film (as used by plastic modellers).

A company called Microscale make it in various colours, including white. It should be available from good hobby shops

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rickpaul Silver Member Charter MemberTue 07-Apr-09 01:18 PM
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#4. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Tucson, US
          

Funny you you should mention Microscale. I've been using Microscale decals since the mid 1970's!

Hadn't thought of that. Worth a try.


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#3. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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St Louis, US
          

Great tip. I'm curious to find out if the SB-900 recognizes the filter type.

Since you posted the link to B&H I thought I would include a reminder: B&H will accept orders today up to 11AM. In honor of Passover they will be closed from April 8-16.

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberTue 07-Apr-09 03:40 PM
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#5. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Phoenix, US
          

Rick:

Very nice tip!

Let us know how the coding works out.

Thanks for sharing.

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rickpaul Silver Member Charter MemberWed 08-Apr-09 02:06 AM
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#6. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Tucson, US
          

I'm pretty sure the coding will work. Those little white boxes are just that. Little white boxes. The smarts are in the SB-900 to read the boxes. Just a simple binary code. As long as I place the boxes in the right location, should work.

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#7. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Phoenix, US
          

Rick:

I haven't examined my SB900 filters closely, but it appears that there is room for four white boxes, giving a total of sixteen possible codes, from all blank to all white.

It would be interesting to see what happens when you try codes other than those already used for tungsten ahd fluorescent filters. Will you get a tilt, or some new color temperature indication?

Keep us informed.

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rickpaul Silver Member Charter MemberFri 10-Apr-09 08:38 PM
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#8. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Test was successful. Use white enamel model paint I paint two white squares in the approximately the same location as the Nikon stock TN-A1 filter, and the SB-900 recognized my homemade A1 filter.

Please excuse the quality here. These shoots were made by a coolpix camera:








Your comment about the 16 possible code combinations leaves me wondering. Are there other possible white balance settings they have programmed?

Will take a little work to test. I'll make some simple test strips with all the currently unused codes and see what the camera thinks.

In the meanwhile, do seem to have uncovered a simple way to make your own SB-900 smart filters for pennies on the filter. The only hard part is making the template, unless you have a friend with a nice router...!

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#9. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Fri 10-Apr-09 09:10 PM by rickpaul

Tucson, US
          

Here are the current filter codes:





One quick test by making a dummy filter with one of the unused codes resulted in a triangle symbol with the ! symbol in the middle, meaning the SB-900 didn't recognize the code.

Doesn't mean Nikon couldn't upgrade the firmware at a later date to include other filter types.

The one obvious filter type missing CTB (Color Temperature Blue) for conversion from Standard Tungsten to daylight. Not often used, but sometimes useful creatively.

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberSat 11-Apr-09 10:42 PM
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#10. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Sat 11-Apr-09 10:42 PM by HBB

Phoenix, US
          

Rick:

Presumably the all blank code (binary 0000) is used to indicate no filter.

It appears they have room for seven additional filter types. Interesting!

Nice piece of work ... Thanks!

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rickpaul Silver Member Charter MemberSun 12-Apr-09 01:49 AM
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#11. "RE: Homemade filters for SB-900"
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Tucson, US
          

The unused code I tested was only 1 squared filled (_ _ _ X).

One must assume they left blanks for a reason!

Anyway, it was fun to figure this out.

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