For some camera models our DIY filters are supplied to fit the OEM filter mounting frames and for other camera models they are supplied in a different size and/or thickness, which will require the frameless installation method as outlined below.
If the DIY filter for your camera model is supplied with a self-adhesive filter mounting frame for a frameless installation, please follow the instructions below to complete your DIY conversion filter installation.
Note: The photographs are for general illustration purposes only and are not for your specific camera model.
Step 1 – If you haven’t done so already, remove all OEM filter mounting components until you are left with the bare sensor surface.
Step 2 – While working in a clean air environment prepare the bare sensor surface to be free of any remaining adhesives, streaks, dust, etc.
Step 3 – Carefully, with the help of tweezers, remove the liner from one side of the supplied self-adhesive filter frame. Remove any lint particles that may have become attached to the frame and are facing into the inner opening.
Now gently apply the filter frame onto the sensor. Do this carefully and deliberately, making sure to have good alignment between the imaging part of the sensor and the frame opening as to not obstruct any part of the image with the filter frame.
Step 4 – Remove the liner from the second surface of the filter frame, be careful not to touch and scratch the sensor imaging area or introduce any dust, lint or debris.
Step 5 – Keep the sensor under clean air while you prepare one side of the DIY filter to be free of any streaks, dust particles, etc. Once you are certain that your DIY filter surface is pristinely clean and the sensor is still clean as well, affix the prepared clean side of the DIY filter onto the second surface of the self-adhesive filter frame. Be sure to align the DIY filter well so it is well centered relative to the self-adhesive filter frame.
The filter frame adhesive is pressure sensitive, so only apply pressure after you are certain of good alignment, ensuring a secure, airtight and dust free seal between the sensor and filter mating surfaces. Do not press on the center of the filter, just around the sides directly over the filter frame. The goal here is to create a strong bond between all mating surfaces.
Step 6 – Still keeping the now completed sensor/filter assembly under clean air, prepare the outer filter surface to be completely clean and dust free. Once confirmed clean, begin reassembly by positioning the sensor assembly into the camera body.
Now follow your camera’s DIY conversion tutorial from this point in reverse to reassemble the camera.
Note: The self-adhesive filter frames are designed for one time use only. If upon reassembly you realize that you have dust specs trapped inside the filter/sensor stack and have to redo the process, be aware that the adhesion will not be as strong as with first use. We recommend using a new filter frame each time you must redo the process.
Also, full bond strength will not be attained for a day or two so if you must redo, then do so soon after application while the bond is fresh and relatively weak. If you wait, you may have a harder time separating the stack without causing damage to the filter, sensor or filter frame.
Applying some gentle heat with a heat gun to warm the filter frame adhesive may help ease separation.