A French photographer has shared the results of images he took with his own 3D-printed lens. Mathieu Stern, a freelancer, came up with the idea due to his passion for collecting cheap and unusual lenses.
Stern runs a Youtube channel, reviewing and discussing many of the lenses he has encountered. The process of creating a lens through 3D printing involved putting together a cardboard prototype, using glass from a 1890s lens in his collection. Moving forward with the measurements of the prototype, Stern met with Arnault Coulet, the CEO of Fabulous, who funded the lens into reality. As Stern puts it, "[Coulet] saw all the crazy potential and fun we could create with this project."
Stern and Fabulous worked together on the design, which was catered to the former’s full frame mirrorless camera. To Stern’s best calculations, the monocle lens is a 135mm 1.8 lens.
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.
Stern trialed his lens at Le Mont St Michel, as well as trying out some portraits. Check out the results below! You can also find more of his work over at his website.
All photos used with permission of Mathieu Stern.
[Via TCT Magazine]