If you’re interested in experimenting with a free-floating lens, ala the commercial LensBaby, this inexpensive hack turns and old shower head and 50mm lens into a tilt-shift lens.
The hack combines the bell of a shower head attachment, the guts of a 50mm lens, and the whole thing is wrapped in a black rubber sheath (salvaged from a heavy duty rubber glove). You’ll have to take the lens apart (a step not required of most DIY tilt shift projects) so you might want to save this project for an old lens or pick up an out-dated model at the local thrift store–since taking the lens apart will disable any fancy electronic communication between the lens and the camera anyway, it doesn’t matter if you use an older lens that lacks those features.
Hit up the link below for more information about the build and some sample pictures.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 02/15/12