Make a Tilt Shift Lens Under $100.




Introduction: Make a Tilt Shift Lens Under $100.

You'll need:

1. Biometar MC 80mm f/2,8 lens(I got mine for $60).

2. M42 macro rings($10).

3. M42/nikon/canon converter($10).

4. A 2.25 inches long piece of bicycle inner tube.

5. Hose clamp.

6. 20 minutes.

This is really easy and quick project to make.

Once you get all the parts it almost takes no time to make this lens.

I had a lot of fun building and using that lens.

Step 1: Put a Tube Onto the Lens.

This is a bit tricky step.

Make sure you are not using a tube from street bike. It's best to find rather wide inner tube.

I had an old piece of inner tube from a mountain bike and it fits really well.

Step 2: Macro Ring.

Macro ring goes on the other side of the tube.

Make sure to put the tube a bit over the edge of the ring so it's easy to clamp it with m42 converter.

Step 3: M42 Converter.

This one goes on a macro ring. Make sure it clamps the tube. You don't want this coming of while shooting pictures.

Step 4: Make a Tiny Hole in the Tube for the Aperture Pin.

This will allow the aperture to open and close. You could skip this process but then you'll be stuck with aperture fully opened.

Step 5: Add a Hose Clamp to Secure the Tube on the Lens.

This will ensure your lens stays in one piece at all times.

Step 6: Results...

This is a really fun toy.

Note, that is not something you would use for building photography etc.

This is definitely a great lens for having fun with focus depth and plane.

Step 7: Build Video

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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    that last photo of the truck, awesome dude :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    How/where did you get your Biometar MC 80mm f/2,8 lens for $60?


    5 years ago

    i am also in the process of making one of the, but i'm kind of stuck on how to stop it all from moving around when i don't want it to move. the thing is, i like shooting at night with long exposures, and holding it by hand is simply not an option. how did you get around this problem?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I didn't. Not yet at least. This solution definitely has limitations, but I'm happy I built it. I have few ideas that I haven't tried yet. I will let you know if I find something that worked for me.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    What if you fix 3 wire-like wires or appendages onto the base, in the viewing direction, each in the corner of a triangle. On the moving part of the lens you add a ring with tightening nut so you can tighten or loosen the ring. You make sure the 3 wires go under the ring.

    When you adjusted the lens to a good angle, you tighten the nut so the ring squeezes the wires and fixes the angle. 3 Wires should suffice...

    Im sure it'll work in principle, the question is, how will it be practically implemented...

    I bet you get it and if not i'll be happy to make a sketch... :)


    4 years ago

    This is so cool. My son is really into cameras and he's done such things as repairing broken lenses he's gotten for free. I know he would really like this for his Canon. I have emailed him this cause I know he would love to try it. Thanks for sharing.