I saved $250 by making my very own DIY distinction filter holder for the Omega B66 enlarger


Have you ever ever had a repeated inconvenience that lastly makes you say to your self “okay, I’m performed with this rubbish”? Properly, that’s the precise feeling I had with utilizing distinction filters on my enlarger. Anytime I needed to make use of a distinction filter, I wanted to make use of tape to carry it in place whereas I used to be printing.

The design of some Omega enlargers requires a detachable “cradle” that holds the filters beneath the lens. After a little bit of looking out on-line, I discovered that B&H Picture sells a alternative filter holder for B sequence enlargers for the low low value of $269. Even used, this stuff are costly. eBay had a number of listed that have been promoting for about $79. Unwilling to half with my hard-earned money for such a frivolous buy I used to be left with the one different option- to construct one myself.

How you can make your individual

There are just a few supplies and instruments you’ll must make your individual filter holder. A chunk of sheet steel, a 2-1/8″ gap noticed, a 3/16″ drill bit, and a few tin snips. The one buy I ended up needing was a chunk of .22 gauge 6″x18″ aluminum I discovered at House Depot for $12.

Obtain my PDF template right here which you’re welcome to make use of without spending a dime.


Print it out, and use clear packing tape to affix the cut-out printed form on to the sheet steel as a information.

A fast tip on make the bends by hand with out a brake (a device that bends steel) – take the half that you simply wish to bend and place it on the fringe of a desk with a straight, flat edge. Maintain the half you wish to bend on the edge with one other arduous and straight merchandise positioned on prime, consistent with the desk edge, like this…

Whereas holding the steel agency to the desk slowly bend the steel within the path you need.

A Disclaimer

This methodology of DIY filter holder labored completely for my B66 and appears like it might additionally work for every other Omega B and D sequence enlargers just like the B5, B6, B7, or B8 items. Nonetheless, I don’t personal and haven’t used these different enlargers, so this will or might not work for these fashions. Worst case state of affairs chances are you’ll want to change a few of the dimensions. The tray dimensions are made to it my set of Beseler 2.5″ distinction filters. You probably have bigger filters just like the Ilford 3″ set chances are you’ll must make changes for that as nicely.

For the only a few individuals who may discover this text and template helpful, I hope it really works for you! Let me know within the feedback in case you have any ideas, or if you happen to’ve made your individual and the way you wanted to change it.

Concerning the Writer

Chris Kuhn is a photographer and video creator on the YouTube channel Movie is extra enjoyable the place he paperwork his many film-related experiments. You could find extra of Chris’ work on his web site, YouTube, Fb and Instagram. This text was additionally printed right here and shared with permission.