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DIY Lensbaby Clone Gives You Cheap Lens Effects

Lensbaby offers a series of camera lenses that feature lens barrels you can shift and twist for dramatic photo effects. This DIY Lensbaby clone offers the same effect on-the-cheap.

Dubbed The Lynny by its creator Cameron Texter, the build is pretty straight forward. You’ll need a macro extension tube, electrical tape, a macro filter set, and a pipe clamp. When you’re done assembling it you’ll have a DIY Lensbaby at a fraction of the $150 Lensbaby price. Watch the video above to see the assembly process in action or hit up the link below to get the full instructions plus sample photos.

Build a Lynny – A DIY Lensbaby [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 10/25/11

Comments (3)

  1. gesti

    lol, this guy is the King Of Dog Tape! :D I think it would be quicker and easier to use some elastic rubber tube instead if dog tape.

  2. Carroll Hanks

    What the heck is “dog” tape? He is using electrical tape.

  3. Cameron Texter

    I am the creator of this DIY project. Yes, it is electrical tape. I’m going to be making more. I’m thinking of using gaffers tape for the next one. Who thinks gaffers tape would be a better option?

    And has anyone made their own one of these from this tutorial? If so, could you please post how you made it, parts you had to use to get it to work, and also please post your camera make and model.

    Thank you! Glad this DIY project is so successful! It’s ALL over google, you type in DIY Lensbaby Lynny and it’s filled with pages of my project. It’s all over twitter and facebook. You search twitter for DIY Lensbaby Lynny and it’s a long list of peoples tweets about it. It truly feels good to have so many people talking about this. Thank you all! :D

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