A DIY Tilt-Shift Lens Adapter

bendycam DIY tilt-shift lens adapter"miniature" car photo taken with tilt-shift lens






If you’ve ever heard of tilt-shift photography, you may know that it’s generally used to change the perceived sized of something photographed.  The car in the photo to the right appears to be a miniature or some kind (Micro Machine?), even though it’s full-sized in real life.

While this is a very cool technique, it seems from a quick search of Amazon, that these lenses will cost you in the range of $1000 or more.  As happy as I would be for you to buy one using my above affiliate link, this may be out of your price range.

The other option, as you might have guessed from the title, is to build one yourself.  If you’re up for the DIY option, Bhautik Joshi has made a really great guide not only on how to build one, but also how this type of photography works.  If you’re wondering if you actually want to build a tilt-shift lens, the incredible video and further explanation after the break may leave you with a really tough decision.  You’ve been warned.

Now that you’ve been convinced that you need a tilt-shift photography (and time-lapse) rig, here’s the caveat:

Per Bhautik’s own warning, “…if you’re not careful, you can irreparably damage your gear…”  Opening up a DSLR to change proper lenses is dangerous enough, but considering you’re going to be attempting to attach cut up plungers, bike inner tubes, or whatever your particular flavor of DIY Tilt-shift lens adapter calls for, the risk to your equipment is naturally elevated.

plungercam2 DIY tilt-shift lens adapter

As with nearly everything, you get what you pay for.  Gear like this has a limited audience.  Because of the limited demand, this kind of lens is relatively expensive to make up for R&D costs, tooling, etc.  In this case, there’s a big enough gap that the DIY route might be worth a try, especially if you have a camera in lesser condition that you’re willing to experiment with.

Personally, I don’t think I’m going to try this one right now…  Maybe I’ll feel different when it’s time to upgrade my trusty Canon T2i (Amazon).

Photos used with permission.  Here’s the Bendycam and little car on Flickr if you’d like to see the full images.  Thanks, Bhautik!

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