Skeletonizing adapter rings

Like many people, we use 'system' filters and holders with large-format and some medium-format cameras, especially in the studio. The problem is that with some smaller, older lenses, the adapter ring obscures the lens controls.

The answer is simple. With a Dremel or similar tool, or even with a drill and hacksaw, cut holes in the adapter ring so you can see the controls. You can skeletonize it fully, or just cut big enough holes to see through. The former means you can use it on a wide variety of lenses, while the latter is stronger and quicker.

A coat of matte black paint (Tetenal makes one of the best) finishes the job nicely, but is not essential as none of the light reaching the bright metal can be reflected back into the lens.


Cromatek ring on 120/6.8 Schneider Angulon


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