3D Printed DIY Macro Adapter Makes a Tilt-Shift Lens from Any Nikon F Mount Glass


When it comes to DIY tilt-shift, there are a few different options out there, but none of them that we’ve seen are quite as impressive and practical as this 3D printed method from Instructables user Cpt.Insano.

With the help of CAD software, Cpt.Insano has constructed an adapter that can turn almost any Nikon bayonet mount lens into a tilt-shift lens.

Granted, there is one substantial drawback: the adapter increases the lens distance from the sensor, turning it into a macro lens. But it’s still an impressive design that allows you to get more out of a lens you might not otherwise be using.


If you happen to have a 3D printer lying around, you can actually get this printed and built yourself in no time thanks to the .stl design files Cpt.Insano shared through the tutorial. Once printed, all it takes is a bit of sanding the plastic and some minor assembly and you’re good to go.

For those of you who don’t have a 3D printer on hand, there are still options available. A number of on-demand 3D Printing companies, such as 3D Rapid Print, could handle the job no problem. Just upload the CAD files, insert your information, and after a bit of a wait you’ll have yourself a comparatively cheap macro tilt-shift adapter.

Below are a few resulting photographs from the setup.



To get those files or read the full step-by-step tutorial, head over to Instructables by following the link below. And if you do attempt this, upload some of your test shots in the comments! We’d love to see how this turned out for you.

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  • Polisonico

    That’s amazing!

  • Ken Elliott

    I may try to modify this design to fit my Nikon V1 or Sony NEX. Not sure that it would be very useful on the V1, however.

  • Otto Van De Steene

    hmmm. maybe I should try to convert this design to a tilt/shift adaptor for nex to manual slr lens adaptor. Should be possible without only macro limitation…

  • Börje Dahrén

    This would be more useful either for Nikon F adapter to mirrorless, or even better: medium format lenses to Nikon F! Mamiya and Pentax 645 lenses have a significantly larger focal flange distance than nikon F.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Very true. Plus you’d have much more space to work with as far as designing around the camera body with a MF camera. I’d love to see come up with such an iteration of this.

  • docholliday666

    Too bad the lenses doesn’t have the necessary image circle to actually cover a full T/S. Otherwise, it’d be useful.

  • Trevor Dennis

    How thick is the adapter? A couple of matchsticks behind the sensor to compensate, and you are back to infinity. Now where did I put that hammer and BIG screwdriver? Hmmmm…. would that cause the sensor to hit the mirror? Better add a glass cutter to the tool list. Sorted! (As they say in Manchester while pinching their nostrils closed.)

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  • WthLee

    i dont know about that, but i would suggest not to use anything printed on your camera bayonett, since its quite sharp edged, and plastic shavings could get into your mirror box.