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How to Build Your Own Tilt-Shift Lens for Just $10

Tilt-shift lenses are usually pretty pricey, so many people fake the effect during post-processing by selectively blurring sections of their photographs. There’s even simple web-apps that can add such blur to give your photographs a miniature scale model effect.

If faking the effect isn’t legit enough to satisfy your photo-geekiness — and you’d rather not drop big bucks on it either — there’s a nifty do-it-yourself solution you need to check out: Bhautik Joshi over at cow.mooh.org has a new DIY Tilt-Shift project that teaches you how to convert an old lens into various kinds of tilt-shift lenses.

The lenses can be built using ordinary materials found at your local hardware store and cheap lenses you can buy off eBay (i.e. a $10 28mm Minolta). One of the lenses uses a bicycle inner tube as one of the crucial ingredients.

Ready to get started? You can head on over to the tutorial with the following link. Good luck!

Tilt-shift: A DIY guide


Image credits: Photographs by Bhautik Joshi and used with permission


 
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  • http://www.wood-and-light.com David Mathias

    I see how it tilts but I don't see a shift mechanism. More along the lines of a LensBaby than a PC lens. The DIY is impressive though.

  • bhautik

    @David: the bendycam is the only one that is a properly controllable 'shift'. The inner-tube has enough play to permit the lens to be shifted about a centimeter in any direction.

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  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    The BEST hanmade tilt shift lens maker is johnnyoptic over at flickr. You can buy one from.him premade with a wide angle or 50mm and in between for an excellent price. I’ve bought 3 from him. He’s amazing and has quality homemeade lenses. Go look at his flickr page he does more than just tilt shift, he does a bunch of bellows type stuff and other cool things.

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!

  • Kim Siebert

    And bhautick is a good guy too with great lenses as well!!!