Tipster of the Week: Nip, Cut and Pop


If you’re blown away with his application of Anaglyphs, Cross Eyed Stereograms, and such in Lomography, Gvelasco is back again! But this time, he managed to create effects by neatly butchering his camera.

Pop 9 Mega Merging Mask Mod by gvelasco

By removing the optical barriers inside the Pop 9 and creating a mask that allows you to select which lenses will be exposed, you can create a variety of new effects to breath new life into that old Pop 9 you may not be using anymore.


This mod is similar to, but different from another tip I submitted. The results and technique are different enough that I think it should be a different tip.

The Lomography Pop 9 is a multi-lens camera that will normally put nine nearly identical images on one frame to create a polyptych (or nonaptych if you want to be technical about it). Each of the Pop 9 lenses has a focal length of 24mm which is normally considered extremely wide. However, because the standard 35mm frame is divided by three in each direction it actually ends up being a narrow angle camera – similar to maybe a 72mm lens.

By surgically removing the optical dividers in the camera and using a couple of easy to manufacture masks, we can convert this narrow-angle polyptych machine into a wide angle camera with it’s own distinct trick shots.

The Mod

Warning! This will permanently modify your Pop 9.

You will need a pair of “nippy cutters”. This tool looks like a pair of diagonal cutters, but it’s thinner.

Open your Pop 9. This is what the inside normally looks like:

Carefully use the nippy cutters to cut out all of the dividers. You might want to use a hobby knife to trim away any excess plastic.

When you’re done the inside of the camera should look like this:

The Mask

Make a mask out of thin sheet foam available from a hobby store. I pressed the lens cap into the foam to mark mine. Carefully use a hole punch to punch nine holes in it that correspond to the nine lenses. Save the punched foam. It should look like this:

This mask will allow you to select any combination of lenses to expose – including a single lens which is important.

Using the Mod

Covering all the lenses except the middle one will give you a result like this:

Which you can crop to this:

Exposing the lenses in a pattern like this:

Will give you a result like this:

Notice how the images merge into each other.

Removing the mask to expose all of the lenses will give you a result that looks like this:

You can try different patterns of lenses for different effects. You can also try exposing the same roll of film with different patterns to get some crazy multiple exposures!

Have fun!

written by gvelasco on 2009-07-26 #gear #tutorials #tips #mask #tipster #modification #tipster-of-the-week #pop-9 #pop9 #mod #merge


  1. mephisto19
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  2. halfawakehaiku
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  3. torium
    torium ·


  4. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    super cool wow

  5. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    looks kewl :)

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Very clever and well thought out tipster. Look at all the possibilities.

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    wow very great tip! Bravo!

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hohoho !!! gvelasco is definitely the ultimate pop 9 master ! So with this, you could do 9 different shots on one frame right !? Like a little comic on a frame... Amazing...

  9. sugiyamasatomi
    sugiyamasatomi ·


  10. adi_totp
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  11. zoe191
    zoe191 ·


  12. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    oh yeah, what a terrific idea!!!

  13. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Very cool!

  14. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Thank you thank you thank you for this, now I have a reason to fix my broken brand new pop 9

  15. lomat
    lomat ·


  16. livvyluv
    livvyluv ·

    Okay, this is officially my favouritest blog post so far. Kudos!

  17. -dakota-
    -dakota- ·

    WOoooOOw!! I wanted mod. my pop9.... now i know how and what wonderful pics could i take! thanks!!

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