Photo Plus Expo 2013 coverage continues check out the Flex Lens Shade. The Flex Lens Shade can be folded flat taking up minimal space in your travel bag, while the design allows it to universally fit any SLR camera lens or as an extension to your existing lens hood.
Keiko talks to inventor and founder Thomas Hogan about the origins and functionality of Flex Lens Shade in the video below.
The Flex Lens Shade is an adjustable flexible lens shade that fits any SLR lens.The Flex Lens Shade is the only tool on the market to block unwanted light flare. At only 1.2 ounces, the Flex Lens Shade will become a tool that you always carry in your camera bag every day.
The Flex Lens Shade was developed to be durable, professional and lightweight. With its Ballistic Nylon shell, double stitch sewing and finished edges, the Flex Lens Shade is durable for everyday use.
The Flex Lens Shade's unique designand finished look will empress clients instead of the old gaffers tape you may have used in the past to block unwanted light.
At only 1.2 ounces, the near weightless Flex Lens Shade can be carried in your camera bag everyday with its lay flat design and lightweight feature. Sun flare, indoor light flare and studio light flare can ruin an excellent image.
Flare can also ruin an image due to the focus unit trying to focus through the flare causing the image to be out of focus. Often you are not able to move to avoid the light flare or maybe didn't notice it when taking the photo and that moment is gone.
Fits Any SLR Lens / Lightweight only 1.2 oz. / No glue or adhesive / Quick installation / Bend in any direction / Sturdy and durable
Here's a simple product that just makes life a little more simpler. The FlareDinkum Compact or Pro Lens Flag provides a simple solution for lens shade without having to carry around a large mattebox or when using ND filters and Various Lenses. There is a 1/4-20 female thread under the hotshoe mount if you want to mount it to some other area on your rig.
I've also used it in situations where i'm trying to keep a bit of rain off the front of my lens. The Dinkum Systems FlareDinkum is available in a variety of sizes from small to large, and this video shows the Compact version for smaller DSLR style cameras. You can find the FlareDinkum via Amazon (Click Here).
Dinkum Systems FlareDinkum COMPACT and PRO Lens Shade
A few days ago I posted about using Rubber Hoods as an inexpensive solution to shading your glass (as opposed to Matte Boxes). The LCW - Light Craft Workshop Digi Pro ND Filter starts with a 77mm thread and cones out to an 82mm thread. Since these ND filters can be pretty expensive, you can adapt one ND to several lenses by using cheap step up filter rings. The same idea goes for other filters like a CPL - Circular Polarizer. If you plan to do this, you want to make sure that you get the largest ND filter available to cover all your lenses. The one problem you'll run into is that you can no longer use the stock lens hood, so a cheap fix is to use these folding rubber lens hoods. Here's a look at how it all comes together.
When shopping for Step Up filters, make sure the first number is smaller than the second. There is such a thing as 'Step Down Filters' which you probably won't have much use for. Not sure about the thread size of your lens? Normally you'll find the information on the lens itself, but another tip is to look carefully for tiny numbers on the back of your Lens Cap. Rubber lens hoods can be for under $5 bucks (click here).
I don't suggest stacking a step up on top of another step up. This could work in a pinch, but it will have a slimmer profile if you use just one. I'm using a 77mm LCW Digi Pro Variable ND filter, so to save myself the headache, I ended up purchasing (2) of every filter size up to 77mm. There's only about 7 common sizes to cover most DSLR lenses you'll come across from 49mm-77mm, 52mm-77mm, 55mm-77mm, 58mm-77mm, 62mm-77mm, 67mm-77mm, and 72mm-77mm.. Depending on the size of the ND or CPL you're trying to adapt to, you might want to do the same. For Step up filter rings, they run as low as $1 dollar + Free shipping.