How I converted a 103-year-old Zeiss lens to autofocus M-mount

Nov 27, 2023
Jim Headley

Recently I was rummaging around in a box of old cameras, and I stumbled across a cute little Zeiss lens that I didn’t even know I had. It was a 5cm (50mm for you youngsters out there) f: 3.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar. I researched its serial number (in the 411,000 range) to discover this little lens was manufactured in 1920, that’s 103 years ago.

How I built a simple timelapse system with Raspberry Pi and a PiCamera

Nov 1, 2023
Andrea Favero

I’ve always been fascinated by timelapse videos, perhaps because my patience is dwindling as I grow older. Anyhow, I wanted to capture memories of an event where I wouldn’t have been able to take pictures, and none of my family members could join me to help. This was the trigger to start the timelapse project, giving a purpose to the spare Raspberry Pi 4b I had lying around for some time. Yes, you’re right, I was just searching for an excuse to start this project, and I did find it…

How to use AI vision cameras to deter garden pests

Oct 16, 2023
John Aldred

When I first saw this project, I had mixed reactions to it. On the one hand, badgers are awesome. But on the other, they can…

How to create your own DIY instant film

Sep 26, 2023
Cheng Qwee Low

A decade ago, I stumbled upon a page where someone detailed their process for crafting their own instant film, something similar to Polaroid Type55 or…

How to build a low-budget DIY camera cart from a $100 tool cart

Sep 8, 2023
John Aldred

Camera carts are wonderful things when working in the studio or at certain locations. That is to say, locations with a lot of flat ground…

The Sitina 1 is a full-frame open source mirrorless camera

Sep 1, 2023
John Aldred

We’ve seen a lot of DIY camera projects here on DIYP. Usually, though, they’re either Raspberry Pi-based or modified Game Boy Cameras. It’s rare we…

Learn 9 DIY portrait lighting hacks in 90 seconds

Aug 29, 2023
JT Armstrong

If your portraits are feeling a little bland or uninteresting lately, maybe it’s time to spice them up with some new portrait lighting hacks! The…

How to motorise a cheap camera slider without a 3D printer

Aug 25, 2023
John Aldred

This is a video that was posted to YouTube a while ago but doesn’t seem to have seen much traffic. It was posted by the…

Quick Tip: How to make a DIY “Cinesaddle” with a sandbag and polystyrene beads

Aug 24, 2023
John Aldred

I hadn’t heard of the brand Cinesaddle (buy here) until watching this video. After looking it up, though, I realised I’ve used this type of…

This is probably the most expensive GoPro rig you’ve seen

Aug 9, 2023
John Aldred

GoPro cameras are typically only really used for one thing. Ok, maybe two things after you strip them down to their bare components for FPV…