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Sun Eclipse Lens cover … Create One..


How to create a sun eclipse cover for the camera lens you have?

What do you need?
* Cardboard – any color.
* A4 paper or any paper that can be twisted around the lens.
* Camera Film.
* Tape (Masking/Duct Tape)
* The lens that you want to use. (I prepare two covers for my Nikon 70-300mm, and Sigma 50-500mm)

Assemble it..
* Put the lens on the card board and draw a circle around the lens.
* Draw a rectangle in the middle of the circle and cut it out,
The cutting area must be smaller than the film width/height.

The RED rectangular is the Film size, you have to cut the GRAY (Smaller) rectangular




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* Fix the film on the card,

for now, you have the cardboard and the Film taped on it you need another one step to start shooting the sun in the mid of day.






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* Make a Cylinder of the A4 and use the tape to fix it.
* Place the Card inside the Cylinder (on the top of one side – left 1cm) and use the tape to fix it.



Now you have this, and it’s complete, just fix it on the top of the lens and shot the sun.





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Final result… the cover for the Nikon 70-300mm



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Done …


Here is a shots for the sun and it was great to see the small black spot on the sun! i don’t know what is it but it’s there you can see it, too make sure it is not a dust on my lens; i move the camera to the right and left but the spot dose’t move which mean it it not on the camera it is something on the sun or close to it it may be a planet… Have Fun



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The Camera Setting
Exposure Time = 1/1250″
F Number = F13
Exposure Program = Manual
Date Time Original = 2011-06-20 16:02:48
Exposure Bias Value = +5EV
Focal Length = 1000mm





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  1. June 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Thanks – I will have to try making one of those.

  2. June 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Yes, it’s very funny..

  3. June 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Perfect, But try using X-ray film..the one found in hospitals.. It’s more darker and safe to use

    • June 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks,, yes you can use X-ray film.. but at that time the normal camera film was the available one in my tool box.

  4. February 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The spot on the sun may have been what is called (I’m not joking) a “sun spot”, which is a magnetic storm in the sun’s photosphere. The temperature within these storms is cooler than the surrounding area so those stormy areas appear darker to us.

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Yes, you are right, you may find other photos here
      Sun Spots

      thanks for your visit..

  5. Ed
    March 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I’m thinking a 6 stop ND filter may be dark enough to work too if the camera is stabilized properly..

  1. June 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm
  2. June 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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