DIY Canon lenses


Remember the cheap tilt-shift lens? [Rodolfo] let me know about his set of modded Canon lenses on Flickr. The FD 50mm prime is pretty cheap off ebay – he removed the FD mount and uses it sans rear-end. We’ve seen a nicer version of this before. His macro lens caught my eye – it’s a combination of a cheap F/1.8 50mm and the handy, but cheap EF-S kit lens that comes with the Rebel XT series. (I might have to make one of those) Finally, we have the most original legal use for a Chinese lantern and duct tape that I’ve seen. It’s like the tilt shift, but the addition of the 50mm creates some interesting effects. Hit up wikipedia If you want to know more about the EF/EF-S mounts and adaptation issues.

Comments

  1. optV says:

    I can’t figure out if the 50 f/1.2 is modded somehow? He said he made the macro from the 50 f/1.8 + an 18-55 ef-s.

  2. optV says:

    Ah nm, I just reread it. It was an FD to EOS conversion.

  3. neg says:

    WE WANT CONTEST ENTRIES!

    –neg

  4. Matt says:

    Neat, I need to pick up a fast lens that has a aperature of 1.8 sometime soon, my f2.8 can do a lot, but still has troubles at concerts sometimes.

  5. tek says:

    Huh? A 50mm f1.2 FD mount lens is somehow better than a 50mm prime EOS mount lens? For all the trouble that it’s worth, I don’t see how it’s in any way beneficial.

  6. darren says:

    Tek.

    The EOS 50mm f/1.2 lens will go for around $1.5k.The FD 50mm f/1.2 lens can be had for $70 (what I paid including shipping on ebay).

    Now, why a f/1.2 lens? The short depth of field results in a very distinctive look to the photos. It also takes in a lot of light, so it can be used in low-light circumstances without having to resort to a flash.

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