Price of a broken 50mm 1.8 – S$25
Price of duct tape – S$2
Photos – priceless
The Canon 50mm 1.8 is known to be very fragile – usually breaking into several components if dropped. I wanted to make a DIY tilt-shift project and asked on the forum for a broken 50mm on sale. I got mine for S$25; the rest is history.
Tilt-shift is a special type of lens usually used for architectural photography. Many have however used the lens for a miniature effect because it changes the plane of focusing. Usually professional tilt-shift lens can easily cost more than one grand for the mechanics and precision optics. However, a homemade version can be done with less than US$20.
Footages taken with this lens.
Duct tape is definitely the choice as a quick prototyping material (every NSman knows this). I intended to make a prototype which was completed in 2010 – and I have been taking it with me ever since. Due to the poor workmanship (usually glue failure in cold climate countries) there has been at least 4 repairs done.
These are some photographs taken using the lens:
I had a lot more photos and video stored in a laptop that is STOLEN IN BARCELONA together with my camera gears on 6 Aug 2014… luckily the lens is still with me.
I wish one day somebody will find the footage and return the precious memory and photographs of my friends’ wedding..
If time and resources permit, I would like to study how the real tilt-shift mechanism works and perhaps build a better prototype.
Thanks for viewing! Hope you like it!
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Special thanks to Xiangyun for editing. Check out her writing, baking and photography at http://tweedlingdum.com
Also, check out the mk3 and mk4 aka universal adaptor
3 Oct 2015 update:
Until recently (5 years after this DIY) I finally thought I should monetize on this… I have not make any profit with these DIYs, not to mention many failed DIYs that left me with dead cameras/lenses.. so please support me by clicking below! Any amount is appreciated!
$1 – Aah… coffee
<$5 – Mmm… lunch meal
<$10 – Woo… ramen
<$25 – Waa… steak
>$50 – WOW! Thank you!