The Camera Bag: A Tilt-Shift Lens You Can Print Out and Make Yourself


posted Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM EST

Printable-tilt-shift-01Tilt-shift lenses are great for giving your images that miniaturized or shallow depth-of-field look but they can be expensive, very expensive. If you're a photographer on a low budget -- and who isn't short of cash these days? -- you might be interested in this cool step-by-step tutorial from Instructables on how to make a printable tilt-shift lens adapter.

The materials you need to make this DIY tilt-shift lens can be found at any office supply or hardware store, and include paper, something to write with, and digital calipers to take measurements for your 3D object.

The adapter in this tutorial is designed for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras, and in this case, they build the device for use with a Panasonic GF1. The Printable-tilt-shift-lenstricky part is that you'll need access to a 3D printer to make the adapter.

If you don't have one, you can use online 3D printing services such as Ponoko or Shapeways, which will print out your object and mail it to your house.

Check out a video of the tutorial on how to make a tilt-shift lens adapter you can print out, below.

(Via DIY Photography)