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Loop-podLoopPod

A discussion during an oly-e.de user meeting lead to a series of camera grips. The latest prototype is designed to simplify the handling of long telephoto lenses.

It is called LoopPod. I'm trying to build a small batch for reasonable money.

The design allows to carry heavy lenses easily by the loop handle. It also allows to hold the lens in a more stable fashion.

Zuiko 7–14mm wide angle filter holderFilter holder

With an angle of 114° the Zuiko 7-14mm approaches the limits of wide angle optics. The highly convex front lens is one of the constraints building such a lens.

It also features a built-in lens hood that doesn't allow screw-in type filters.

I took some measurements and found out, that a filter size of 100 ×75mm (4 ×3") may be used under certain circumstances without vignetting.

I therefore designed a filter holder that accepts Cokin X-PRO filters or similar sized filters.

My prototype is built from black plastic using SLS technology. Two o-rings provide enough friction along the thin edge of the filter to keep it in place.

Filter holder CAD simulation

I have launched the production of the holder in a small batch. This has reduced the costs per piece significantly. Most of the items have already been sold and shipped. The design allows the use of Cokin X-PRO style filters. A filter has to cover at least an area of 100×128mm and is allowed a maximum width of 130mm to fit. Filter thickness may vary between 2.5 and 3.5mm. The filter will be kept in place by two guiding rails on both sides of the frame. Up to two high quality o-rings provide additional friction if necessary.

The filterholder extends the built-in lens shade. It reduces flares caused by stray light.

Please place orders through the contact form on my website.

Panasonic 7–14mm μFT wide angle filter holder

My experience with the Filter holder for the Zuiko super-wideangle lens led to the design of a filter holder for the Panasonic lens. I took measurements of the lens and designed a holder for Cokin Z series or Lee 100 mm filters. The holder is designed to hold one filter only. I tried to design a mount for two filters, but the filters would have to be much wider. That is too expensive and the whole rig would be quite bulky. Recently, I started the production of a small batch.

Please place orders through the contact form on my website.

CamControlUSB camera control

There are quite a lot of cameras on the market that can't be controlled by software through a PC. CamControl closes the gap. It consists of a USB dongle and a piece of software. The dongle contains all the circuitry neede to interface to the USB port of a PC or Mac. It also contains a 3.5mm stereo jack to connect to a camera remote control connector through an adaptor cable.

You may "press" the relese button half-way and full under software control. You may do this even with a radio transmitter between the dongle and the camera.

The dongle acts as a HID device (like a mouse or keyboard) and doesn't need any additional drivers for Windows. The software interface is open source and well documented so it's up to you to add further functionality.