10 3D Printed Accessories Every Photographer Needs

Do you know how much money it costs to get set up as a pro – heck, even as an amateur – photographer? If you’re either of those things, you’re probably crying right now just thinking about it. Mounts, lenses, diffusers, the actual camera: that stuff adds up to a whole lotta dollars.

Well, we have a foolproof money-saving plan for you: instead of buying all this stuff, why don’t you just make it? Sure, it’ll cost you $2,600 or so for a Makerbot that’ll get you started (or you can use a 3D printing service and still come out ahead), but that’s a small price to pay for photography greatness, right?

Why hasn’t anybody thought of this before?!

Oh, wait; they have. Well, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Tilt shift camera lens

You can’t take awesome tilt shift photos without a tilt shift lens. Luckily, someone’s already designed one for a 3D printer — all you have to do is print it.

iPhone 4 macro lens

3D printing offers something for even the most casual iPhone photographer.

(via Shapeways)

3-axis GoPro gimbal

Take your GoPro videos to the next level.


(via Shapeways)

Light diffuser

Take portraits like a pro with a 3D printed light diffuser.


(via Petapixel)

Pinhole lens

Now you can experiment with alternative photography or safely watch a solar eclipse. Bonus!


(via Thingiverse)

GoPro mount

Hey, it’s a better solution than duct tape.


(via Instructables)

iPhone camera mount

Take a time lapse, photograph yourself — the possibilities are endless.


(via Instructables)


I hear you need a few of these if you’re going to be a photographer.


(via Thingiverse)


When you’ve taken the perfect shot, print it on plastic for an amazing piece of personalized art.


(via 3Ders)

A whole working camera

Why not?


(via Instructables)

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