3D printing your lenses or lens hoods has been a thing for a while, and you can make some cool creations. Well, this 3D-printed 3D lens is definitely one of them. George Moua designed a 3D lens for a digital mirrorless camera, and in this video, Mathieu Stern put it to a test to show you how it works and what you can capture with it.
The lens was inspired by vintage stereoscopic cameras that gained the biggest popularity in the 1950s. There are also lens accessories like Stereax that let you turn your regular lens into a 3D one. While Stereax is a 1950s gadget, there’s also a more modern version of it made for GoPro cameras. You can also find one from Panasonic.
However, George Moua’s invention is a lens, not something you screw onto a lens. Also, it was not made by a big company, but a dude with a 3D printer and an idea. He describes it as “a stereoscopic wiggle lens for Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras.” George says he likes making stupid stuff, but I find this really cool. The lens projects three slightly different perspectives onto a full-frame sensor so you can create stereoscopic wiggle photography. Then, you can do a bit of editing and create a 3D gif from your capture.
In Mathieu’s video, you can learn a bit about stereoscopic photography, cameras, lenses, and gadgets. And you can see a ton of examples he shot with George’s 3D printed lens and a Sony A7III. If you’d like to learn more about it, make sure to check out George’s website. There are a few versions available for purchase (Sony and Fuji, full-frame, and APS-C) and you can buy them for $70 and $80. They’re sold put at the time of writing this, but George will soon add more content to his e-shop, so make sure to keep an eye on it.