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How to make your own 3D Printed Tilt-Shift Lens Adapter. Tilt-shift lenses are used to create a miniature effect or a very shallow depth of field in your photography. This has long been a great and well documented DIY project, mostly because professional tilt-shift lens and adaptors are very expensive (we’re talking $1000- 3000). I have created several plunger type adapters following this tutorial, much love to Bhautik Joshi's project which got me into tilt-shift photography and is a great and much used resource.  After a lot of experimentation and some impressive results, I decided it was time for a more durable solution that I could print at home on my 3D printer. 

The results is a simple, cheap, lite, and durable adapter designed to fit a micro 4/3 Panasonic GF1 to Nikon e-series mount. All files are up on thingaverse and 123D gallery under creative commons, so you can download, edit, and remix to fit your needs. Be advised that to have the best results you need to use a micro 4/3 camera with a standard 35mm lens. I really think this is just the beginning for printable adaptors and hopefully the community will take the idea and create deviations for all different kinds of camera/lens combination. 
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sgrant53 years ago
Looks like a great alternative! Would love one of the spares!
Nice work!
JoeMurphy (author)  sgrant53 years ago
just sent you a msg
fritsjan3 years ago
I voted for you, very clever idea, I also like your movie, well done!
When I have some time I will try to make an adapter for a sony nex 5n.
chimera152 years ago
I agree with the criticism, but this is a great place for me to start and understand how lenses work in general. I printed this out for my nikon, and I realized very quickly I had to add an element to it to get it to focus correctly. I was able to get some miniaturization effect, as well I'm able to control a focal plane in the way I would expect from a tilt shifted lens. The key for me was to add an element from a salvaged lens that corrected for the lens floating out in space at an angle. This gives me something concrete to go on to modify to the next step of creating something variable. Thanks a bunch.
siouxsette3 years ago
I dont want to be disrespectfull, and I have a hard time not laughing,
but please explain to me how is it a Tilt-SHIFT adapter, as there is no shifting adjustment?!?

Or to be more precise no adjustment whatsoever!

As there is no shift, forget architectural photography, etc. and the tilting beeing fixed, you cant adjust your focal plane, so the tilt is useless if you want to carefully compose your frame AND control apparent depth of field, be it for 'creative' portraits, packaging shots, products shots, scenery..

Apart for allowing you to participate in the fad of
"hey, it looks like a model train scenery" for everything else, This could be known as 'The utterly useless cone of garbage, with adaptey bits in the ends" But certainly not as a Tilt-Shift Adapter...

The other toy T-S adapters geared towards funny photography are way better:
You cant really shoot serious crap with them, but for so called creative photography, they give you some control on the effect you produce!
This one doesn't!

You really should call it a fixed tilt adapter, as it it what it is...
I agree with the criticism, but this is a great place for me to start and understand how lenses work in general. I printed this out for my nikon, and I realized very quickly I had to add an element to it to get it to focus correctly. I was able to get some miniaturization effect, as well I'm able to control a focal plane in the way I would expect from a tilt shifted lens. The key for me was to add an element from a salvaged lens that corrected for the lens floating out in space at an angle. This gives me something concrete to go on to modify to the next step of creating something variable. Thanks a bunch.
noomsi3 years ago
Lovely little project.
I'd love one for my G3 but unfortunately I'm in the uK.
JoeMurphy (author)  noomsi3 years ago
check out http://hackerspaces.org i'm sure there is a 3D printer in your area!
jsousa23 years ago
Very nice .... I have a GH1 and a Nikon F401 with the kit lens that would love that adapter... and ... I also have that 20mm f/1.7 lens :]

It gives me chills to see your camera sensor exposed for so long >_>

A very nice project, some sort of mechanical join would be more useful for at least a tilt movement, I wonder if a not overly complex system is possible.
JoeMurphy (author)  jsousa23 years ago
Trust me. My stomach turns every time i remove me lens, and see that sensor. Already working on a more adjustable version. Stay tunned!
jsousa23 years ago
This makes me want a 3d printer ... great job, it also shows how to make any kind of adapter for a camera... not just a tilt-shift effect one :]

Good job, you have my vote!
RightShoe3 years ago
Hello,

Do you think to sell them? I would love to buy one if possible.

If it is possible, do you do Canon mounts too? Thank you :)
philpp3 years ago
hey that is way cool I would love one of these I have a GF1 too.
I have been looking at these and you are right the cost heaps.
I'm in Australia though :(
urant3 years ago
Great Work!

I've just got a new 3/4 camera, and due to lens costs....well, you know how it is, it's just the thing to get the old hamster in the skull working!

I've got an old point and shoot camera with great glass, and I'm starting to toy around with the idea of gutting it from the old camera and adapting it to the new 3/4 mount.

Any Ideas?
griffinity3 years ago
Sweet! You got my vote!
JoeMurphy (author)  griffinity3 years ago
thanks @griffnity
exadore3 years ago
I'm interested in an adapter, and I'll cover YOUR costs via PayPal.
JoeMurphy (author)  exadore3 years ago
send me a private message with your details and I'll mail you one.
james123cb3 years ago
Great project! Love the video.
JoeMurphy (author)  james123cb3 years ago
thanks james!
Nice job I hope you win, because I'd like to see what you come up with next with that printer. What settings do you use when you tilt shift for video ?
JoeMurphy (author)  alaskanbychoice3 years ago
Thanks! I rarely use tilt shift lens for video, but I do a lot of time-lapse (take a picture every 3 seconds) which I turn into video later.
I've already built a slider for my DSLR ( Canon 60D ) camera using skate wheels and tubing. I have an intervalometer in the works through kickstarter and I have two other cameras that will already shoot time-lapse ( a GoPro and a Plot Watcher ). What programs do you use to turn your time-lapse into a movie ? Thanks
JoeMurphy (author)  alaskanbychoice3 years ago
quicktime pro 7 has always worked the best for me.
Thanks
How many did you print before you got it right ?
JoeMurphy (author)  alaskanbychoice3 years ago
Actually the 2nd adapter worked great, but then I printed about 12 more trying to refine the degree of tilt and use less material.