How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

It was almost a year ago that Maciej Pietuszynski shared a quick and dirty tutorial on creating a tilt lens from an old Nifty-Fifty and a shower head. Surprisingly, the images were spectacular. It was a pleasure to learn that he made a fuller tutorial for our How I Took It contest.

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

A lot of us making a tilt lenses for dSLRs are using using medium format lenses. Not many people know that full frame lenses will do the trick too.

I’ve been modding lenses for some time now, and so far I’m not bored with it.

Why using full frame lenses? – simply because of the bokeh – at apertures lower than 2.8 is the bokeh is just incredibly delicious and I can not stop myself from shooting with this modified lenses.

Check my pictorial how I transform my old and lovely Pentacon 50mm f1.8 to a rubbery, tilty piece of glass.

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Let’s hook them together! (pictorial shoot with mobile via instagram)

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Dismantle the lens [or undress the glass in translation by google ;)]

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Naked lens, time to strip the shower head

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Bit of cutting with a handsaw to get proper size…

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

…like this

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Some cosmetic work and gluing parts together

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Almost there…

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

…but now the hardest stage of the work…

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

…How I Did It -hard to explain but I will try to explain it somehow so…

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

…magic light of the Full Moon under the influence and power of Mighty Unicorn gave me the strength to do it

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Every self-respecting handyman can’t forget using cable ties

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

…and finally

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

It’s Alive!!!

How To Give An Old Nifty-Fifty A New Life

Check out Maciej Pietuszynski flickr set for more images from this shower lens.