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May 9, 2012 AT 5:56 pm

Print Your Own Tilt Shift Lens Adapter

Joe Murphy wrote to tell us about his new Instructables entry.

It’s a 3D printable tilt-shift lens adaptor, which is currently being featured on Instructables. The plans can be downloaded and printed for free from thingaverse and instructables.

Here are some reasons why this is a killer project:

  • It’s cheap – Even if you add in the cost of the 3D printer this project is still less than a professional tilt shift lens, giving comparable results and using less than $1’s worth of plastic filament.
  • It’s durable – it will stand up to the wear and tear in your bag (unlike other DIY solutions).
  • It’s creative commons – modify, edit, re-mix, remake – it’s yours baby!

I love tilt-shift photography, and love tilt-shift movies even more.  Check out this one shot around New York City.

Check out Joe’s write up on Instructables for the complete details.


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2 Comments

  1. I’ll hang on to my Canon 45 TS-E for a while yet … but fun project, and doing this is SW really just doesn’t come close to the real thing. I picked this lens up ages back moving from large format, and still really miss portraits on 4×5″ film with a good lens. Be interesting to try my hand at the same effect since it’s been years that the TS-E (and everything else!) has been gathering dust.

  2. adafruit_support

    A neat project. But it is funny to see everyone using lens tilt (there is no shift here) as a gimmick to throw things out of focus. Theodor Scheimpflug must be turning in his grave.

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