This Guy 3D Printed a Lens (Housing) and It Worked!
The Future Is Knocking at the Door.
At first I saw the click-baity title, and wondered how this guy printed an actual LENS (you know the glass part that does the work?) but once I read the article I cooled down and realized the future implications of this. Right now with 3D Printers you can’t really print a lens (on a consumer level) but you can print the housing for the lens itself.
Looks like Photographer Mathieu Stern took old spare glass he had lying around and using some simple math and created a monocular lens housing that would attach to his Sony Alpha A7II and took some test photos. What he got was a focal length of about 138mm, and an aperture of 1.8 (both estimated). Video of the process below
His photos are surprisingly great, and have such a character to them.
Imagine if you could 3D Print a lens for a specific job, and design your glass to have a certain character to match the shoot
Read more on his blog here.