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DIY soft focus filter | by *Nick_Cool*
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DIY soft focus filter

You will need :

1 x Stainless steel small-hole sink filter

1 x inexpensive filter with the needed diameter



1 x electric driller (I used an electric screw driver)

1 x scissors for metal

1 x permanent marker

8mm, 7mm and 4 mm drill bits

Black paint




1. Unscrew the ring that hold the glass on the filter and remove the glass from the filter frame.

2. Put the filter frame over the sink filter and mark a circle using the inner part.

3. Enlarge the central hole of the sink filter with the 8mm drill bit. 6 to 10mm drill bits will work too.

4. Enlarge external holes with the others drill bits, you can experiment for desired results holding the sink filter in front of the camera lens and shotting. I made 4mm holes on the fist circle and 7mm holes on half of the holes of the external circle.

5. Once you get the results you wanted cut the external part of the sink filter with the scissors and then adjust it to fit on the filter frame.

6. Paint it black (optional) and mount it on the filter frame using the ring.

7. Enjoy it at maximum aperture!


By the way, I used a 50mm lense at f1,8. I do not think it will work with lenses with apertures smaller than f3,5.


PS please take this as a starting point to experiment, and not as a final point!

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Taken on November 24, 2012