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Flipping Amazing - Lens Flipping for Beginners

A happy accident while cleaning my lens produced some great results on my Seagull 4a.

I’ve recently been given a Seagull 4a and the lens popped out while I was cleaning it. I was rushing out to take some photos, so I quickly popped the lens back in. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I put the lens the wrong way around.

Photo by bsmart

I had accidentally flipped the lens.

The results were quite striking. Distorted around the edges, but in focus in the middle of the image. Some came out better than others.

If you want to try this, the most common camera to lens flip with is the Brownie Hawkeye

But there are may other cameras you can flip the lens with also, including the Diana, LC-A and, of course, the Seagull 4a.

Techniques of how to flip the lens vary from camera to camera, but if you do a search online you’ll be able to find details on how to modify your camera.


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written by bsmart


  1. mylatehope


    Great article! I love flipping my Brownie: http://www.lomograph(…)ens-brownie

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  2. mafiosa


    Very cool effect. You should check out some of @clickiemcpetes albums. He has photos that have the same effect, but I think he used a different method.

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  3. whizzkidd


    Curious results... :)

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  4. kingt4


    That's sweet, looks like a Lensbaby.

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  5. blablabla-anab


    Great Pictures :) Love the first one!!
    Recesky's TLR does it naturally, that or they tell you to put it wrong right from start as I put it as it said on the instructions..

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