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02-10-2007, 07:59 AM   #1
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manual WB and a coffee filter

Got a chance to try this today. What a breeze! Put the coffee filter over the lens, went to the WB manual setting, pressed the shutter and the wb was set perfectly. A real no brainer.Thanks to whoever came up with this idea. It folds up and stays in the camera bag.

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02-10-2007, 08:28 AM   #2
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That sounds even handier than a white foam cup.
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Does this really work? Is it just that easy? I have been having trouble getting th proper balance. Can you explain step by step how to do this, or provide the link for it?
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click FN button. push left arrow on OK for wb menue. page down to wb manual. click left arrow on ok dial. point camera in direction of the image you want to take. hold filter over lens. activate shutter. press ok. done
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This ought to save me a hundred bucks or so on one of those snazzy shower-door-lookin' WB adjustment filters.
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By activating the shutter, do you mean pressing the button halfway down? Please bear with me, I am a total newbie. BTW, how did you learn about this?
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Take a picture. Push the shutter all the way down. The display will be all white with a square in the middle. The square is what the camera will use as the sample for setting the white balance. When you click the ok button it registers that square as the wb.

Try it. it really is easy. I saw it on the dpreview forum.

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I did a google search and an extra tip is to set the camera to manual focus, so the camera won't keep trying to focus while your doing this.

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Darn,

I use natural coffee filters. Un-dyed and thus light brown!
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QuoteOriginally posted by oppositz Quote
Darn,

I use natural coffee filters. Un-dyed and thus light brown!
I usually do, too, but right now I have white coffee filters, so I'll give this a try. If I like it, I'll keep the filter in a plastic bag in my camera bag to keep it clean. (The filter, not the camera bag )

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I thought about this the first time I saw an ad for one of those white balance filters, but I don't drink coffee and didn't have a filter to test it out. It's cool that it works so well.
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Another thing you can use the filter for is putting it over your flash to diffuse the light.

I also seen three different places online using the coffee filter and each said a different number of filters. This forum said 1, another said 2, and another said 3! I am going to try it with 1 however.
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I only have the built-in popup flash, I use a fuji film canister for diffusion. Coffee filter is a bit large for the built-in flash, but I'll give it a try, maybe cut a filter down to size if it works better or is more pleasing to the eye than a film canister.
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Well, I just use the same filter, but keep a rubber band to hold it on the pop up flash. I used the coffee filter trick today and have been very happy with the results. I will post some pictures later tonight.
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I did some unscientific experimenting with a coffee filter as a flash diffuser vs a fuji film canister. I found the film canister works better if you are farther from your subject, and the coffee filter performs better if you are closer to your subject. I didn't measure the distance, but I would say around 10 feet and closer the filter did the better job, while beyond 10 feet the film canister did better.
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