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Shaving the Nikon 10.5 Fisheye Lens



There are a few ways to do this.  I'll be using the hack saw method.  Literally just cut right through. 


A preferred way would be to mount the lens on a turntable type device, similar to what is used for milling, where the lens could be locked and rotates concentrically.  The same turntable can also move along a lateral axis towards a rotary cutting tool.  The rotary tool can be adjusted for height.


All you would need to do is to slowly rotate the lens manually.  I would prefer this way but I did not have a turntable surface for the lens.  This would leave a cleaner and consistent cut compared to that of a hack saw.  This technique is similar to how it would be done on a milling machine.



NOTE:  Once you cut the hood any warranty you may have left is voided.





One last look before its surgery....


I'll get right to business.


Difficulty level:  Medium - meaning it helps if you have some building/mechanical experience.  You certainly do not have to be an expert at cutting. 


Tools you'll need:

- hack saw

- pencil

- paper

- electrical tape

- utility knife

- small file




Mount the pencil on a steady platform.  Slowly spin the lens making a mark around the lens' hood.  I marked mine at the corner of the hood.  I also spun the lens several times to make the pencil mark a bit more prominent.




Roll the piece of paper and insert it between the lens and hood.  This will act as a protective layer and will let you know once you've cut through the hood.  Tape it down as shown.





Wrap tape, lining up the edge of the tape, at the pencil mark.  Wrap the lens several times so it creates a thick layer.  This will act as a saw guide.  Before you do this move the focusing ring so it's at its closest position.  The tape will also hold down the focusing ring.  When the focusing ring is at its closest position the lens will move outwards.  This will prevent the saw from accidentally damaging the lens.





I installed a new blade into the hack saw.  The tooth is facing forward.





To cut  I hand held the lens and pushed the saw forward about an inch at a time and turned the lens and pushed the saw again.  Continue this cutting pattern until a groove begins to form.  I never pulled the saw back.  Stop and inspect your work.  Stop every so often to vacuum the shavings.  You do not have to apply hard pressure like you would normally cutting metal for example.  Gently push the saw is all that is required.  The material is relatively soft.  It is not as hard as one would assume.





Image above shows the first time cutting through the hood.  Once I got to this point I slowed down the cutting and checked if I had gone through the material with almost every stroke of the saw.  This is a clear sign that cutting off the hood is approaching. 





Finally cut through most of the hood.  This is where I stopped using the hack saw.





Use the utility knife to slowly cut through the remaining hood.  It should be fairly easy to cut through.





Finally cut all the way through.





Before lifting off the protective paper vacuum around the lens.





The remaining pieces.  I lost the other smaller piece in the garbage bag...  ;-)





Use the small file to clean off the edges.





Taa daa!!!!  Success!  I coloured in the edges with a black marker.





Use the remaining smaller pieces and tape or glue them inside the lens cover.  This way the lens cover could still be used to protect the lens. 





The lens cover back on.





Difference before and after on a fullframe sensor.

When in portrait mode it is possible to shoot 3 image for a complete spherical but advisable to shoot 4.




A well deserved coffee break!!!




Would I do it again?  Yes!  I should have done this long time ago.


How long did it take?  1.5 hours from start to finish.


What would I do different?  Cut it slower.  After cutting through for the first time I forgot about where I was in the rotation and I scratched the metal part of the lens.  Not a big deal.  It's just cosmetic.  I think I went a little bit fast on the cutting. 


Alternative?  If you are not comfortable with this procedure you could go to a local machinist and have them cut it for you. 





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