3D-Printed Camera Lens

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Photographer Mathieu Stern isn’t an expert in the field of 3D printing, so he decided to create a cardboard DSLR camera lens prototype using glass from an 1890s model he found. Once he took the measurements, creating a 2D design was next. France-based 3D printing company FABULOUS then turned his 2D design into a 3D model and sent it to a printer for prototyping. The final product is a 135mm f/1.8 lens that uses a single glass element in the front. Continue reading for more sample images he took with the lens mounted on a full-frame DSLR camera.

3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens
3D-Printed Camera Lens

“In the end, I really like this lens. Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a first step in designing your own lenses. You don’t need to buy ultra expensive lenses to make great images. A $4 plastic lens will make great results; what really matters is your vision, ideas and creativity,” said Stern.