Real Tilt-Shift with a Canon 5D Using a 62-Year-Old Lens and Bellows

Flickr user Alex12Ga turned his Canon 5D Mark II into a DIY digital view camera by mounting a Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/3.5 lens from 1949 with its original bellows. He mounted the bellows to his camera using an aluminum plate and an EOS mount ring that he salvaged from a broken Sigma lens.

Here’s a photo he took using the setup showing an intersection transformed into a miniature world:

It’s a much cooler way to shoot tilt-shift photos than simply faking the effect in Photoshop or some cell phone app.

(via Photojojo)

Image credit: Photographs by Alex12Ga and used with permission

  • Bruno Trindade Ruiz

    How nice!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to try this but I don’t want to cut up an old camera to do it :(

  • Andrew MacDonald

    This stuff fascinates me, but I still have absolutely no clue how it is actually achieved. How a lens can make something look like a miniature model. 

  • Brandon

    Now i could be wrong, but i think it’s just due to how quickly and how far things are thrown out of focus. sure you can get a 50mm 1.2 or a 300mm2.8 or whatever, but they won’t even come close to this level of defocus. not at these distances. like the above photo, maybe 150 feet away? but the depth of field is maybe 3-4 feet(at an angle maybe). the motorcycles front tire is getting out, yet the rider is sharp. i think it looks miniature because that is the only way to see these sort of effects naturally. it’s all just distances.

  • K6Martini

    Oh wow, this is great!

  • Andrew MacDonald

    Ahh I see. Very clever indeed. Thanks for the clarification. 

  • Anonymous

    Scheimpflug! It’s more fun to say than to read about, but…

  • None

    lens is doft even for 6×6 not to mention dslr

  • Bhorn

    If you want to try this you could probably find an old folder at a flea market or yard sale that is already in disrepair. Many of those are not actually worth much even if they are in good condition and if they are broken even less so (check the price guides first of course. It would be sad to use a really rare camera for this). 

    Unlike large format view cameras where you may tilt the lens up to several inches to get the effect you want, 35mm or smaller film or sensors take a very small amount of tilt to throw something out of focus, probably just a few millimeters. How long the lens is is not the main issue that makes items in the same plane out of focus, just the amount of tilt although the fact that this 75mm lens is slightly long for 35mm probably helps the effect. 

  • VJ

    I believe the reason this scene looks miniature is that our brains perceive distance based on our eyes seeing lines that appear to converge as things get farther away.  If you can alter the amount of convergence (or remove it altogether) then you can alter the perception of distance and size.