Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Alex_Mustard

Magic Filters are ready

Recommended Posts

Magic Filters just arrived in sunny Cairns !

 

Now watch the wind blow and the visibility deteriorate for the next month........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know whether a Canon 10-22 mm lens with Magic 77 filter

fits inside an Ikelite 5503.50 dome port?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dont know, But I do know that if if fit in the port before, it will fit in the port after. The 77mm magic filter is no thicker than a piece of paper so it wont have any effect on port compatibility....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Magic Filter is very thin, as William says. But you will need something to hold it in place, and this may take up space. I am updating the Magic Website with extra tips for mounting Magic filters.

 

This shot should give you an idea of the thickness of the filter. Thanks to James for modelling for us! :P;):D

 

Alex

post-713-1125501135_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mine arrived, can't wait to try them out in a couple of weeks. Now we just need one for green, ok really green water!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This shot should give you an idea of the thickness of the filter. Thanks to James for modelling for us! :P;):D

Usually to that kind of modeling you choose a little less hairy hands B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh boy - that's not me - I have straight hair!. Must be a Scotlander or a Kiwi - looks like a cross between a sheep and a person!

 

Cheers

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Or has he spent all his cash on equipment and needs a new jumper? We could maybe have a whip round for him.... how about the Magic Filter Jumper Fund?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Oh boy - that's not me - I have straight hair!.  Must be a Scotlander or a Kiwi - looks like a cross between a sheep and a person!

 

I have still got the glue on the back of my hand if it is any consolation! Alex

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's the kind of self-sacrifice we demand around here Alex - just another day on the job...:-)

 

Cheers

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I digged up an old picture of james in the morning prior to shaving

post-1676-1125518238_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ROTFLMAO

 

James you could cover your housing in fun fur to try and blend in. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, this is discrimination! Just because some of us have more testosterone than others doesn't mean y'all are inferior or some of us are just more virile. Just as long as you don't change my title to "The Hedgehog" I'll be OK.

 

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just as long as you don't change my title to "The Hedgehog" I'll be OK.

 

Where is your mind today James?

 

First you're warning Eric about the effects of cold-water, and now you're making references to a well-known 'adult entertainer.'

 

;) Too funny...

 

~Matt Segal

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just as long as you don't change my title to "The Hedgehog" I'll be OK.

 

James

 

 

Oh Eric...since you are back...the title "The Engineer" is getting a little boring...

 

 

 

;):)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ordered my Filters on Tuesday Morning, got a reply from Peter about 30 minutes after I sent the fax and they have arrived by FedEx in the British Virgin Islands this morning, less than 48 hours later!!!

 

Can't wait to try them on the Great Whites at Isla Guadalupe next week!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is great news, Uncle Fred.

 

Someone else asked me about using the filters with the Great Whites and these were my thoughts - that might be useful:

 

"I think that the biggest advantage of the filter with the white sharks will be the chance to create different looking images at Guadalupe! I guess what I am trying to say is that flash is hard to beat in those conditions, but the filter is good for some sessions in the cage.

 

Here are a few thoughts on using the filter with the sharks.

 

The filter will produce nice colours on the sharks. Setting the white balance will be tricky on the sharks. I think you might be best to use a grey card in the cage? Or even your hand if you are not wearing gloves. But definitely shoot RAW - in case you can't get an optimum WB setting UW - so you can fine tune WB afterwards if required.

 

I think lighting will be the biggest problem. Look at any ambient light images you have already from Guadelupe (or those of other photographers). The lighting in filter shots will be the same - just in colour. The problem of shooting ambient light in open water is that there is very little upwelled light - so you will have a lot of shadows on the underside of the sharks. Always try and use a (slightly) downward camera angle, so you are shooting with the sun. This will also give you rich blue water colours.

 

One of the real advantages of the filter (apart from no backscatter - although if you can see the particles then so will the camera) is that you have colour without flash fall off. So you can shoot a shark through the bars of the cage - with both in colour and the bars not burned out by the flash. This could create an interesting image."

 

Alex

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alex,

 

Here's the kicker question:

 

What do you recommend for a complimentary flash filter (I mean to mount on the flash) to offset the Magic Filter?

 

When Eric and I were in Fiji, Craig lent us his filter set. One for the lens and 2 that mounted on the Inon flashes. In a dark room, you could take a photo using those filters and everything would be "normal" looking. Pretty amazing.

 

Cheers

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know what the answer is. ;)

But if I tell, then anyone would be able to make their own Magic Filter (as it would be the opposite!). Although I have to say it would cost you much more to make a Magic from constituent filters than we sell them for.

 

Anyway, it is certainly something that Peter and I have already discussed and are planning to look into. But for now I say get out there and enjoy available light photography! Be happy to be free from those pesky strobes!

 

I think we will wait until we have paid off the considerable investment in getting the Magic Filters made. At least the strobe filters wouldn't have to be optical quality and would be much cheaper to have made.

 

Alex

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Alex,

 

Whoops, I wasn't implying that you should let the cat out of the bag. If I were you, I'd give it considerable thought for a future run of filters.

 

Cheers

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got mine today!

 

Ordered em on the 25th of Aug, and arrived today the 5th of Sept, not bad at all

 

Will take it out tomorrow and give it a shot

 

M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

Sponsors

Advertisements



×
×
  • Create New...