Alright, I've had it! I'm making my own Tilt-shift lens!

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  1. Dubious Drewski

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    I just won a medium format lens on Ebay (A Bronica Zenzanon f2.8 75mm, whatever the heck that is) And just now, after work I went and bought some 1/8th inch plywood, woodworking tools, some heavy black fabric and some sewing needles.

    I've decided on a bellows system, held rigid by a notched-locked wooden frame. This thing is going to be a monster. I'll update this thread as progress is made. By the way, it was this fellow who finally inspired me to try it myself.

    Have any of you undertaken a DIY project like this? Do you guys know of any pitfalls you'd like to warn me of when creating your own tilt-shift lens?
     
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    I'm way excited to see if this turns out. I've been wanting to do this myself really badly since they don't make Lens Babies for D-SLRs (as far as I know). You should keep us updated on the progress and upload pictures as you go. If yours turns out well, I'm definitely going to give it a try.

    Good luck! :D
     
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    You can put any lensbaby on a dslr?
     
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    Good news. They do in fact make lens babies for DSLRs, because the mounts for EOS Canon, some Nikon and all Pentax are the same whether they're digital or film. So a lens baby built for one will likely fit on the other.
     
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    Ah, really? That's cool. I had no clue. I may just get one of those, then. When are you going to get started on your DIY lens?
     
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    The lens needs to sit a certain distance from my camera body. So to create my bellows at the proper size, I need to test that distance by looking through it and checking my focus range. I also need to create the brackets which will hold it in place, but I can't do that until I find out the diameter of the bayonet on this big thing. (EDIT: I just realized that I don't know if this lens is bayonet or screw mount. Oh boy! This will be an adventure!)

    So really, I can't do jack-all until the lens physically arrives at my door. :(
     
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    Oh, it's not here? Whoops. :lol:
     
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    This sounds like a cool project. I've been wanting a T/S lens for some time -- have almost sprung for the Kiev one on several occasions ...

    I can't wait to see how it works out for you.

    Ian
     
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    Hmm. Guys, can you look at the photo from the link in the OP and tell me if you think this lens looks like it has an aperture ring? I really really hope I didn't buy a lens without an aperture ring, because then this whole project is in trouble and I wasted my cash.

    I kind of just bought the lens without asking any questions from the seller. Argh. Ebay is a curse as much as it's a blessing.

    EDIT: I found some more pictures of it, and I think it's a bit clearer now. So the aperture ring is up at the front of these lenses, then?
     
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    Its bayonet fitting and aperture control is where it always is, front control is for focus. H
     
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    I don't know about that. Look at the photo:
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    The front-most ring looks alot like an aperture ring to me.
     
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    yes the front ring is the aperture, Canons FL lenses are built the same way. PITA once you are accustomed to them in the back but...
     

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