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Well hello there photography/ 3D printing enthusiast. Today's project aims to turn something like this into something like this, using something a bit like this. I made this adapter for Nikon F mount lenses, but there's no reason it couldn't be modified for other mounts. (The files are available in step 1)

For more information on tilt-shift lenses, I'll refer you to our friend/enemy (depending on who you ask), mister Ken Rockwell.

Tools needed:

3D Printer

Glue

Sandpaper

Small Screws/screwdriver (Optional)

 
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Step 1: Design

The adapter was designed using Solidworks. The included files can be viewed for free using eDrawings, available here:

http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/

I have also included the STL files for those who want to plug them straight into a 3D printer.

Step 2: Print!

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Now the easy part, load your STL files into your software and let the printer do all the hard work. My parts were printed overnight in a Stratasys printer. The hard part come in the morning wen you have to spend a few hours picking ut the supp

Step 3: Assemble!

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Assembly is rather straight forward, the parts stack one on top of the other as in the solidworks assembly. The sliders can either be glued, pinned or screwed down in order to secure part 2 to part 1. The base ring ended up being useless as there is no way of putting it on without breaking something... oh well. If you really wanted, you could cut the ring in two and insert the halves seperately, but I found that the interference fit held

The parts are all dimensioned exactly, so you will have to sand them more or less depending on your printer's resolution and how much friction you want. More friction means it will stay together easier and hold your lens beter, less friction means a smoother operation.

Step 4: Results!

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The tilt-shift features work well, though their impact in macro photography are questionable. They do however allow you to change your perspective somewhat without having to move the camera, which is an added bonus. The adapter is not particularly solid or robust, so I would suggest holding your lens in your hand at all times while using it, just in case. The flowers in the picture are only about 15mm in diameter, which on an APS-C body means your magnification ratio is somewhere between 1:2 to 1:1, not bad for an old 50mm f/2 that was never intended for macro work.

I hope you guys like my adapter, please feel free to download and modify the files to your hearts desire.(maybe someone could make a Canon or m4/3 mount version)

tgrimler5 months ago

I uploaded these into Shapeway for a price estimate, but one part showed up as "too small". Any ideas? Also, does anyone have an idea how to alter this to fit on a Canon Rebel camera body? Finally, I am dying to see photos using this project. Please post some.

Cpt.Insano (author)  tgrimler5 months ago
check your units, my solidworks licence has expired, but I'll take a look as soon as I get it running again
uk4sz Cpt.Insano5 months ago

I confirm, that there is an issue with scale of this files (e.g. pc3.3.stl opened in netfabb: length 0.06mm, width: 0,02mm, heigh 0,06mm). There are some integrity issues with file pc2.stl (holes, border edges) but it is possible to repair using netfab manual repair process. It would be nice, if you'll add the dimensions of this parts to calculate the upscaling ratio.

OndřejV uk4sz2 months ago

Can you please send me repaired pc3.3.stl file?

hoiman.lau.73 months ago

Very nice, Would it be possible to adapt this to the nikon D800 with mamiya sekor c 35mm f3.5?

theschnei5 months ago

I uploaded the .stl files into Makerware to print these today, and each object was scaled down way too small. Can you upload some scale .stl files for us to download?

tgrimler5 months ago

Oh, now I see the flower photos, haha.

bwilczynski5 months ago

That is very cool. Would it be possible to adapt this to the nikon 1 system to make a tilt-shift replacement for the ft1 adapter?

craftclarity5 months ago

Way cool!

Cpt.Insano (author)  craftclarity5 months ago

well thank you

artworker5 months ago

Post some pics of street you take using this adapter. By the look of it I am convinced that it works! Nice idea!