The Wonderful Tilt-Shift Effect You Get When Coupling A Mamiya Lens With A DSLR

Jun 24, 2014

Udi Tirosh

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The Wonderful Tilt-Shift Effect You Get When Coupling A Mamiya Lens With A DSLR

Jun 24, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Photographer and editor Chris Rutter constructed a fairly simple, yet powerful tilt shift camera by combining a Mamiya 45mm lens with a Canon 600D body.

I think that using a Mamiya lens is a stroke of genius for doing DIY tilt-shift lenses, mainly for two reasons: for one those lenses can be found on eBay for around 50-150 US Dollars and they provide superior quality for the price.

The second reason has to do with the optic qualities of large format lenses. A large format lens has to cover a large piece of film (or a large piece of sensor), as a result it casts a large image onto the film plane. This allows light to hit the sensor even if the image is tilted or shifted. But it gets better, the Flange Focal Distance – the distance a lens requires from its rear end to the film plane – is larger for medium format cameras so using a Mamiya lens allows having some bellows between the lens and body while still allowing non-macro photographs to be taken.

You can read the specifics on the build  on digital camera world, until then, here is a short movie that shows what this camera/lens combo is capable of:

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[via digitalcameraworld, thanks for the heads up, Peter]

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3 responses to “The Wonderful Tilt-Shift Effect You Get When Coupling A Mamiya Lens With A DSLR”

  1. Ricardo Drumond Avatar
    Ricardo Drumond

    “: The Wonderful Tilt-Shift Effect You Get When Coupling A Mamiya Lens With A DSLR – http://t.co/yy2mG0RXS2”.

  2. Jim Johnson Avatar
    Jim Johnson

    That’s not a large format lens. It’s a medium format lens.

  3. Danka Unsu Avatar
    Danka Unsu

    it would be awesome to get some tips on how to build one!