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The Mount July Filters

Mount July is a family of color-splashed filters for your camera. Tell your own narrative, and go discover the possibilities.

What can you do with them?

Anything. And everything. Screw them onto your digital camera. Stack them. Twist them independently of one another. Take photos. Shoot video. Or attach them to your analog camera and saturate your film.

early prototype testing - experimental color combination
early prototype testing - experimental color combination
Example images - Click to enlarge
Example images - Click to enlarge
Sayulita + Stinson
Sayulita + Stinson

The birth of the Mount July Filters

We wanted to create a tool for experimentation, discovery, and storytelling. 

Prototyping with the ProJet 3D Printer
Prototyping with the ProJet 3D Printer

We 3D modeled all of our components, destroyed and rebuilt existing single color filters, and experimented with dozens of color combinations and patterns until the feel was just right.

a sample off the production line ready for testing
a sample off the production line ready for testing

Specs

The Mount July filters screw onto the Canon Rebel and Nikon D standard lenses, or any other camera with a 58, 52, 77, or 72 mm lens!


  • Threaded ends allow attachment to any 58 mm or 77mm camera lens, and the ability to stack multiple filters at once
  • Included step-up ring adapts filters to fit 52 mm or 72mm camera lenses
  • Lightweight, durable aluminum housing 
  • Multi-coated precision optical glass provides crystal clear transparency
  • Rotating inner groove-bearing facilitates smooth spinning of the filter

Why we need your help


We started from a small idea, interviewed professional photographers, designers, and engineers, built countless prototypes, and iterated over and over to get to this point. We have found a manufacturer who has the capabilities to produce radial, multi-colored gradients on glass, and is tooled for our rotating aluminum housing. 

Unfortunately, we can't afford to get the first round of filters into production on our own. That is where you come in. We need your help to begin the production, shipping and testing of larger sample batches, final manufacturing development, and start the first round of filters on the production line. 

We need your help to make the world more vibrant.

to all those who asked, we delivered!
to all those who asked, we delivered!

The Blogs

Thanks for your support! 

~ Martin and Olivia

So stoked for our Creative Photography Workshop/Product Showcase!
So stoked for our Creative Photography Workshop/Product Showcase!

If you are in NYC on June 23rd, come check out the inspiring outdoor festival all around the city, be part of our first product sneak peak, play around with some sick stop-motion and other techniques, and chat us up! We are so excited to meet everyone who can make it. 

http://outdoorrise.com/event-calendar/2013/4/23/mount-july-photography-workshop

Special thanks to ODESZA for the song. https://soundcloud.com/odesza/hey-now

Risks and challenges

After much chaos, dozens of domestic phone calls to optics manufacturers, and a slough of international red herrings, we have found a manufacturer who can produce our custom gradients at a price that won’t break your (or our) bank.

What our timeline looks like:

JUNE.JULY.AUGUST // Final gradient design and development. Manufacturing sampling and quality testing.

SEPTEMBER.OCTOBER // Delivery from manufacturers. Packaging. Shipping to YOU.

We hope to have our official website launched soon after our funding campaign is completed. Once the first round of production is finished, we want to launch a more diverse range of sizes, as well as new patterns inspired by our further adventures.

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    THE SNAIL MAIL. A post card of one of our Mount July photographs to send across the country or across the world. Re-introduce yourself to the postman.

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    EARLYBIRD SPECIAL. Exclusive price for the first 50 people to snap up a filter. Specify which one you want (Sedona, Stinson or Sayulita) and size (58 or 52mm)!

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    THE 77 MM. After a long wait they are finally here! 77 mm filters to fit 77 and 72 mm lenses. Please specify Stinson, Sedona or Sayulita.

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    THE PERFECT PAIR. One Stinson and One Sedona. Warming tones with a seductive vignette. Specify 52 or 58 mm.

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    THE FAMILY PACK.
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    THE BIG PERFECT PAIR. One Stinson and One Sedona. Warming tones with a seductive vignette. Both in 77 mm!

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    THE POSTER CHILD. One sick Mount July retro poster + one Family Pack of filters! Specify 52 or 58 mm.

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    THE BIG FAMILY PACK. Get one Sayulita, one Stinson and one Sedona! All 77 mm! Explore the possibilities.

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    THE SWAG PACK. The full set of Mount July filters, and the Swag Package: a custom printed backpack, patterned bandana, tie-dye printed croakies, and an old school iron-on patch. Please specify 52 or 58 mm

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    THE FULL BUNDLE. One Mount July retro poster, the full swag package plus a custom designed crewneck sweatshirt, and the Family Pack of filters. Please specify 52 or 58 mm and size of sweatshirt.

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    THE VOTE.
    Get the deciding vote on the colors of the next Mount July Filter to be produced! Plus the Family Pack of filters and the full swag package. Please specify 52 or 58 mm.

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