Hack a 50mm Lens and a Shower Head into a Tilt-Shift Lens

By Jason Fitzpatrick on February 15th, 2012

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.

Create A Tilt-Shift Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty [DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/15/12
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