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.

Credits: 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.

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

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

Credits: fivedayforecast

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 on 2011-09-16 #gear #tutorials #camera #tunnel #tipster #seagull-4a #brownie-hawkeye #flipping #camera-modification #lens-flip #distorted-photo #focal-point #diana-lc-a


  1. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    Great article! I love flipping my Brownie: www.lomography.cn/homes/mylatehope/albums/1668332-flipped-l…

  2. mafiosa
    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.

  3. whizzkidd
    whizzkidd ·

    Curious results... :)

  4. kingt4
    kingt4 ·

    That's sweet, looks like a Lensbaby.

  5. blablabla-anab
    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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