Hi House of Flynn Lovers!

 

I offered to do a quick tutorial on free lensing, I still very new to the style but I will pass on to you what I know. Thank you for all the kind words on the images I posted today! For those of you willing to try freelensing please know that your lens is detached from the body, putting your sensor at risk for getting dust and flecks in their. So please do not try that if you don't want to take that risk.

 

FYI in the images I show a Nikon D 5000 I do not shoot with that camera, it was just for demonstration purposes, ( I shoot a Nikon d750.)

 

To start you will need of course your Camera and the lens you are going to use, this technique only works well on primes. 35mms, 50mms, and 85mms to be exact. I've tried it on a 35 and 85, and I can by far say it has been easier for me to do it on the 85. However the 35 is wonderful for close ups. 

 

Our first objective is to get our lens looking like the image below.

This is how your lens should look when you are ready to start freelensing.

We do that one of two ways:

The first way is if you are shooting on an older Nikon Lens like the D series or older. (This will NOT work with a G series lens.) If you look at letter C you will notice a slide that will allow you to change the aperture on your lens. That must be lifted off the red line, after that is done you will need to open it up to the widest it will go, on this lens it is 1.8 as shown by letter B. On my 35 it is 2. This next tip is for everyone you will have to change the focus to infinity, which is shown by the letter A.

The second way to open your aperture is the little tab on the back of your lens. For my Nikon G series you will notice that if you slide over the tab it will not hold. You can do one of two things (I've tried both of these things and I'm not a fan of either of them so I recommend freelensing on an older lens.) You can either tape open, or make a little wedge to hold the tab open. If you wedge a piece of card board or cardstock you will have to make sure its not obstructing the camera, or make sure it does get stuck in there, that can cause damage to your lens.  

Good news for you Canon shooters I have heard that you do NOT have this problem and you can just slide that sucker over and it stays in place. 

After you have opened that remember to set your focus to infinity as well!

Okay!! Now you are ready to freelens! So how do you do it?

Forgive my chubby hands, and my grubby fingernails. And the D5000 this is my sons camera.

Okay!! So you want to hold your lens right up next to the body of your camera. All you need are slight tilts to get that plane of focus From there its all opposites if you tilt right your focus will be on the left and vice versa, if you tilt up your focus will be on the bottom.  So you tilt down and to the left making your focus be up and to the right. 

 

I will take some more images using this technique but again here are some that I took today.

Happy Freelensing!!

-Leslie