This photographer made his own tilt-shift lens from a CV boot

Nov 20, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This photographer made his own tilt-shift lens from a CV boot

Nov 20, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami is always full of interesting ideas. This time, he made his own tilt-shift lens from a CV boot. This DIY project requires virtually no budget, and yet it produces fantastic results. Alireza shared his process and some sample images with us. If you’re looking for a DIY project to have fun with over the weekend – this may be the one.

Alireza tells us that he first saw examples of tilt-shift photos in 2013. He got interested in making them, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to afford a new tilt-shift lens. But he didn’t give up. He did a bit of research and thinking and figured out how he could make his own. That’s the spirit!

Alireza used a lens he found on an old Kiev-60 medium format film camera. It projects the image circle large enough to avoid vignetting. To make a tilt-shift lens out of it, he used a part of a CV boot. I admit I had to google it. And when I learned that it was a car part, I realized why I had no idea what it was.

CV boot

Anyways, Alireza also made an adapter from a Canon body cap by cutting it out. He attached a part of a CV boot onto it and wrapped it all with yarn to protect the sensor from the dust. He didn’t use glue because it could damage the camera, and the yarn is both protective and flexible enough to give him what he needed.

Alireza made a video for you so you can see how he created his DIY tilt-shift lens:

YouTube video

And now, for some lovely sample photos and a timelapse video taken with this DIY lens:

YouTube video
YouTube video

“Maybe others have published a tutorial like this,” Alireza tells us. “I do not claim that I am the first to use and invent such a trick. But I am just sharing my experience.” He is open to suggestions and eager to hear your ideas for upgrading this project.

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13 responses to “This photographer made his own tilt-shift lens from a CV boot”

  1. Andrei Zdetoveţchi Avatar
    Andrei Zdetoveţchi

    I made mine 7 years ago, from a bicycle tire tube section, still works great.

    1. Alireza Rostami Avatar
      Alireza Rostami

      Andrei Zdetoveţchi You can also use a toilet pipe opener or a vacuum cleaner pipe, but this is the best of all. I have tested them all before (Peugeot car).

    2. Andrei Zdetoveţchi Avatar
      Andrei Zdetoveţchi

      Yes, I tried with other materials at that time, but I found this the best, it’s more flexible ;)

    3. Alireza Rostami Avatar
      Alireza Rostami

      Andrei Zdetoveţchi beautiful photo thank you show me your photo !

    4. Alireza Rostami Avatar
      Alireza Rostami

      Andrei Zdetoveţchi I have been researching this for a long time. Arax has ready-made adapters for sale, but they are too expensive for me and I preferred to make them myself. If you have money you can buy from them
      Pentacon-Six (ARAX) lens to Canon. TILT-SHIFT adapter
      Or you can even make it with a 3D printer. I found free 3D printer maps on the internet. it was amazing too researching about it .i think u like !
      I hope it was usefu

    5. Andrei Zdetoveţchi Avatar
      Andrei Zdetoveţchi

      Thanks for the tip, I will look into it! :)

  2. Joseph Mou Avatar
    Joseph Mou

    You can 3D print one.

    1. Alireza Rostami Avatar
      Alireza Rostami

      i see this but dont teting maybe one day make one with 3d print !

  3. Iain Mack Avatar
    Iain Mack

    Sorry to sound anal. That’s a steering rack boot.