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Printable Tilt-Shift Lens Adapter

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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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sgrant51 year ago
Looks like a great alternative! Would love one of the spares!
Nice work!
JoeMurphy (author)  sgrant51 year ago
just sent you a msg
fritsjan1 year 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.
chimera151 year 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.
siouxsette1 year 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.
JoeMurphy (author)  siouxsette1 year ago
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I kind of agree with him at least in that the name should be changed. I got this link in my email and thought "Brilliant! Using 3D printing so I don't have to go scavenging for rare lens mount hardware to cannibalize like with all those other DIY tilt-shift mods!", only to start reading and find it it's not tilt shift at all, either in functionality or in purpose.

The base idea is still a great one though, and you're absolutely right that once the idea's out there anyone can run with it to make the real thing, so I'm still very appreciative, rather than vitriolic like Siouxsette. I just feel calling this tilt shift is at best a wee bit of a tease/chain-yank for people who already know what tilt shift is, and at worst completely misrepresenting what tilt shift is and what it's actually used for to people who haven't heard of it before.
JoeMurphy (author)  mnpazan1 year ago
I got to say I was not as concerned with the shifting aspest of this project when I created the initial model. However, after revisiting the model and taking some measurements it does have a slight shift of 1.5mm downward. While I admit it this was just a coincidence and was not planned for, I think I'm willing to call it a "Static Tilt-Shift" But your comments have got me thinking, and I've come up with an additional solution to make the shift more controllable. This is still a work in progress but it would basically be a 2 piece design that would allow for greater control of the shifting. here is the link to the files http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:23016
noomsi1 year ago
Lovely little project.
I'd love one for my G3 but unfortunately I'm in the uK.
JoeMurphy (author)  noomsi1 year ago
check out http://hackerspaces.org i'm sure there is a 3D printer in your area!
jsousa21 year 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)  jsousa21 year 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!
jsousa21 year 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!
RightShoe1 year 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 :)
philpp1 year 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 :(
urant1 year 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?
griffinity1 year ago
Sweet! You got my vote!
JoeMurphy (author)  griffinity1 year ago
thanks @griffnity
exadore1 year ago
I'm interested in an adapter, and I'll cover YOUR costs via PayPal.
JoeMurphy (author)  exadore1 year ago
send me a private message with your details and I'll mail you one.
james123cb1 year ago
Great project! Love the video.
JoeMurphy (author)  james123cb1 year 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)  alaskanbychoice1 year 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)  alaskanbychoice1 year ago
quicktime pro 7 has always worked the best for me.
Thanks
How many did you print before you got it right ?
JoeMurphy (author)  alaskanbychoice1 year 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.
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