Create A Tilt-Shift Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Flickr user Maciej Pietuszynski (blog) had a great shower when the idea of combining a shower head, a rubber glove and an old nifty fifty into a unique tilt shift lens.

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Loving the idea of free lensing, yet hating the idea of the lens accidentally crashing into the ground, Maciej came up with a clever concept of utilizing a shower head for its smoothness.

The Nifty fifty has undergone surgery to separate the bionet from the lens and install an advanced tilt-shift mechanism in the form of a shower head held in place with a heavy duty rubber glove. Hit the jump for the full pictorial.

*Keep in mind that the mechanism on old 50mm lenses goes deeper than modern crop-factored lenses, so if you are building one on your own, watch the lens-to-mirror distance carefully.

Pictorial

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Sample Images

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Create A Tilf-Shit Lens From A Shower Head A Rubber Glove And a Nifty Fifty

Of course, if you are too afraid to dissect your own lens, you could always get a lens baby.

  • @photogoofer

    My 50mm broke into two pieces in my bag. I’ll have to give this a try :]

    • http://www.adrianomartins.com/ Adriano Martins

      Same with me. Last week I got around the broken lens to figure out some contraption like this. I was just not sure about the connecting/tilting mechanism. This is a great idea :)

  • james

    so does this use the manual focus on the lens?

  • Charles O. Slavens

    I’m sorry, but the look one can achieve after all this work is both unnatural and unappealing for general use. Plus…. you can accomplish the whole thang in Photoshop without all this effort. I can see using a narrow zone of focus in a wide angle shot for purposes of illustration, say for advertising purposes, but otherwise this is, like a lot of silly projects that photogs get mired in, just a gimmick and a waste of time.