Freelensing

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  1. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Came across something on flickr and decided to try it. You basically hold your detached lens up to the camera body, a little tilted, play with it a bit. It's not easy to get the focus right, but you can get really interesting and super-shallow depth of field combined with some interesting effects and sometimes some light bleed - from light getting around the lens.

    Also, you can skew the plane of focus, almost like a tilt-shift lens... which is extremely fun - but tricky - BUT FREE.

    Anyway, it's fun.. here's 2 results with my 50mm held up to the body, it's wide open.

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    Here's the flickr freelensing group/pool if you want to see more: Flickr: The Freelensing Pool
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Nice play (both) and a fun technique to use.
     
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    ifi TPF Noob!

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    Or we can break or scratch the mirror as well :)
    Your photos are really nice :thumbup:
     
  4. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It's a good way to get dust in the sensor too... You'd think. I'm not very worried, I try to be pretty careful with my camera.

    Thanks for the compliment :D

    I'm not sure how many people have heard of this method, but I just learned and wanted to share ;)
     
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    myfotoguy TPF Noob!

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    Cool. I like the effect. :thumbup:
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Hey, pretty cool stuff! Thanks for passing that info along.
     
  7. Scatterbrained

    Scatterbrained Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Pretty neat, but I can just hear my wife's reaction now when she catches me chasing our daughter around with the lens in one hand and the camera in the other. . . . . :lol:
     
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    guitstik TPF Noob!

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    Are there not other ways to achieve the same effect without taking your lens off?
     
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    Scatterbrained Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You could buy an extension tube or a tilt shift lens.
     
  10. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Exactly... keyword: BUY. This is free and fun.

    You could also buy a lensbaby. I want one so bad - but the one with glass optics (they make one with plastic optics..) is $200 I think :(

    lol.. I don't have anyone to nag me (which is a double-edged sword) at the time, but the credit card company owns my gear, I'm sure they wouldn't be thrilled.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    at first I thought you were trying to spell Freelancing but failed LOL
     
  12. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Yes.

    Here is a nice Nikon solution:

    PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED from Nikon

    Only $2200.00 USD and manual focus only.
     

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