Filter/Imaging Chip Assembly
The following diagram is on Canon's
web site and it shows the components of a typical Canon DSLR filter/imaging
chip assembly. Use it for reference in the steps below. I have
added the label "IR Cut Filter" for the two filter pieces
Canon has labeled "Phaser-layer Infrared-absorption glass"
and "Low-pass filter 2". This is really just one filter
that has two sandwiched layers, so I will use "IR Cut Filter"
for these directions along with Canon's other labels.
We are going to remove and replace
the "IR Cut Filter" only. The "Low-pass 1"
filter will be left in the camera. (For a Full Spectrum modification,
both filters are removed and the Astronomik MC Clear Glass is
placed in the position of Low-pass filter #1). Low-pass filter #1 provides the automatic
dust cleaning feature of the camera and is explained on Canon's
web site as follows:
"Self Cleaning Sensor
Unit - A key element of minimizing dust is preventing it from
clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat
against this, the EOS Rebel XSi features a Canon-designed Self
Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the
sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations,
removing dust from the sensor assembly. The EOS Rebel XSi has
a new coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, to
increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor."
16. Remove the four screws shown below. Be
careful; the filter assembly will now be detached from the CMOS
17. Lift the four corners of the "support
material" frame up with a small jewelers driver and pop the
metal frame off. Be careful not to scratch the filter.
Pietschnig note: "I was surprised by the springiness of the
"support material" frame. It jumped off without warning,
luckily landing on the
table and not on the piezo filter. A hint which suggests to hold
it down could probably be helpful here."
18. Grasp the small ribbon cable where it
meets the filter frame and lift the "Low-pass filter 1"
out of the unit. Place it in a sealed container.
19. Now we will separate the filter assembly
from the CMOS imaging chip. There are three pins that position
the frame correctly. Use a small flat head driver to pry up one
corner of the filter assembly and lift it off.
20. Remove the original IR Cut Filter (blue
glass) from its frame. It is glued in the plastic holder at the
four corners. I used a razor knife to loosen the glue in each
corner and using nitrile gloves pushed it out of the frame. There
is a thin black gasket around the perimeter of the frame that
can be reused if it remains in place. If it lifts off with the
filter glass, no problem; it can be removed and left off.
by Skyler: Another really handy item was Nitrile gloves. They
keep the insides of the camera clean w/o leaving my finger oil
marks on components and they were just great when I popped out
the glass that you showed in your example. I could push on the
filter from the other side with the gloves on - one or two fingers
at a time and one side at a time with a gentle prying and pushing
motion. Since you have more surface area with your fingers, the
chance of the filter breaking is minimized. Could not have done
that w/o breaking the filter otherwise.
21. Glue the replacement Baader filter into
the plastic frame by using very small drops of silicone glue in
each corner. Be sure to use a glue that doesn't outgas as it may
affect the optics. Do not use much glue here so that it doesn't
run into the field of view. I left the glue dry overnight to be
sure it was well cured. Below is the plastic frame with the new
Baader filter glued into place.
the FULL SPECTRUM MOD only, leave the plastic frame empty. Be
sure to transfer the black rubber seal from LPF#1 to the plastic
frame if it is still attached to LPF#1.
Filter/Imaging Chip Re-assembly
Here is the diagram again showing
the components of the filter/imaging chip assembly. Use it for
reference in the steps below.
22. Install two screws on right side as shown
23. Place Low-pass filter 1 into the Baader
replacement glass assembly completed in Step 30. Make sure for
the next steps that all optical surfaces are clear of dust using
a blowers bulb, camel hair brush or a microfiber lens cleaning
For the FULL
SPECTRUM MOD instead of re-installing the Low-pass filter 1, install
the Astronomik MC clear class. It is a little thicker than the
original Low-pass filter 1, but the metal frame in the next step
can still be used to secure it in place. As an option, you can
transfer the black gasket from Low-pass filter 1 and place it
on the the Astronomik MC clear glass in the same position, but
some may prefer to leave the gasket off. You will need to cut
off a portion of black plastic frame in one corner only of the
T5i model with a razor knife, so the clear glass rests fully on
the rubber gasket.
24. Place the "support material"
metal frame over the above assembly and push down on all four
corners until it snaps into place. Note the orientation of the
metal frame. Be careful not to scratch the filter. Install two
screws as shown below in support material frame.
25. The filter/CMOS assembly is now completed
and ready to be placed back into the camera body.
Continue to the next page to see
how this is done.
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