This DIY 3D printed trinocular lens lets you lets you shoot digital wigglecams with your Sony camera

Nov 3, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nov 3, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Wigglegrams are a fun thing to shoot and experiment with. For those who’ve never heard of them before, it’s essentially a sort of 3D photo, shooting an image with multiple lenses side-by-side next to each other and then turning them into an animated gif to help show some depth in the photo. You can even just take two of the images and try to turn them into a regular stereoscopic 3D image if you want.

We’ve featured them here on DIYP before, such as this one from Joshua Bird who made a 3D printed FD mount wigglegram lens for his Canon A1. Well, this one from Alex Fiel (aka scealux) has developed one for Sony E mount, that he uses with his Sony A6300 and produces some pretty awesome results. It makes use of 3D printing to create the mount and like Joshua’s camera, utilises the lenses from disposable 35mm cameras.

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Inspired by images from photographer Kirby Gladstein shot on the notorious Nishika N8000, a quad-lens 35mm film camera, Alex wanted to do this with his Sony mirrorless camera. The principle is similar to that of Joshua’s post mentioned above. It utilises lenses from disposable 35mm film cameras, which he managed to source from a local film lab, and a 3D printed enclosure to hold them in and attach them to the camera.

The lenses do need some slight modification to be used for this purpose. You could potentially (carefully) grind them down with a Dremel or other rotary tool. But what Alex chose to do was to use a lighter to heat up an X-acto knife to make a smooth clean cut through the plastic lens. This allowed him to butt them up very neatly to each other in the 3D printed housing.

Some of his results are shown in the video above, but there are also a few more examples over on his Instructable along with some tips on how to shoot with it and issues you may run into. And if you want to download and make one for your Sony mirrorless camera, Alex has made the files available for download on Printables.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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