Print your own camera!

Engineer Amos Dudley has merge an age-old craft with cutting-edge technology and created the world’s first fully 3D printed, interchangeable lens camera. He’s sharing the design files on Pinshape so those with 3d printers can also create the camera.
SLO 3d Printed Lens Camera
Details of how the camera was made from concept to creation are here SLO 3D printed Camera


Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 returns

Meyer Optik are bringing back the 80 year old Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 using Kickstarter funding. The funding has already exceeded the original 50k dollar goal by over 4x!

Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 lens

The lens, developed by Meyer Optik’s engineer Paul Schaefter, and originally screw thread, has the unusual ability to create different bokeh effects and is being offered in the following modern camera mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, M42, Leica M and Pentax K.

Full details of the lens and the Kickstarter campaign here:  Bring back the Fabulous Wonder Bokeh Lens: Primoplan 58 f1.9


Wanderlust Travelwide Lightweight 5×4 camera

Wanderlust Travelwide

The Travelwide, due for release Summer 2014, weighs just 275 grams making it lighter than a DSLR and the lightest 5×4 ever made.

It has an impact-resistant glass-filled ABS construction with a high-precision focusing screen from 0.55m to infinity using the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8 lens (not included).

There are three accessory shoes to mount bubble levels, rangefinders or viewfinders and a standard tripod mount.

The camera has a guide price of $149 and comes with a metal sport-finder and a Pinwide pinhole lens.

It accepts standard 5×4 film holders and Polaroid 545i holders

More info at Wanderlust Cameras


Nikon 6mm f/2.8 ultra rare fisheye lens

Nikkor fisheye lensBack in April 2012 Grays of Westminster sold the ultra rare Nikon 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for £100,000

The 220º Nikkor fisheye lens weighs 5.2kg, measures 171mm in length and has a diameter of 236mm. It’s one of the few 220º Nikkor fisheye lenses ever to be made.

Last week another one turned up on ebay : Nikon 6mm Fisheye on eBay

This one failed to reach the $49,500 dollar reserve (approx £30k), which compared with the previous sale price was an absolute bargain.

Even so is any lens really worth this kind of price tag?  Would you pay this kind of money for a lens?

We have lots of low cost camera lenses for sale here