Here we have my first build of a 35mm Depth of Field adapter for my Canon HV30. I used tutorials and some parts ordered from Daniel Schweinert at JetSetModels. I constructed the DOF adapter with Canon EOS tubes and purchased a Nikon adapter ring for my lenses. I plan on using my HV30 with Nikon SLR lenses, but figured it would be a good idea to make the DOF adapter compatible with both types.
When I first started researching DIY DOF adapters it seemed like rocket science to me, but after doing a lot of reading and asking poor Daniel a bunch of questions I decided to go ahead with the build. Below are photos of the DOF adapter construction process, a parts list along with cost and where I found everything, and a list of the tutorials I used from Daniels website. I will follow up with the electrical wiring part later on. Hope this clarifies the process a bit for those that were on the fence about building their own Depth of Field Adapter. My parts list below should be very complete, let me know if I overlooked something. My next DIY will be a rod and rail support with an inverted mount to hold this monster!
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Parts List for DOF Adapter — Source — Cost with Shipping – In Order of Assembly
Nikon Mounting Ring – kawaphoto on ebay – $16
EOS Macro Tubes (2) – ninca-store on ebay – $18
55-60mm Step-up Ring – JetSetModels – $30
55mm Opteka Rotateable CPF – Amazon – $23
55mm Opteka HD2 10x Macro Lens – Amazon – $45
43mm-55mm Step up Ring – Amazon – $9
Canon EEa Focusing Screen – Adorama – $45 —- DO NOT Touch these, I touched my first one by accident and ruined it.
Opteka 49mm MultiCoated glass filter – Opteka – $19
VH-57x Ver 2.0 Vibrating GG holder for DOF adapters- JetSetModels – $140
MR-50 Mini Rheostat – JetSetModels – $7
Switch – JetSetModels – $3
SU 55-60 Canon Step up ring – JetSetModels – $42
Battery Box – Batteryspace – $5
Glue, Super Glue, and Phone Wire
Total Cost for completed 35mm DOF Adapter: Around $402 USD – Probably could have saved some money if I found better sources, but I was too excited to be patient.
I will get everything together in the next week or two and try to get some test footage up.
I used the following tutorials from Daniel’s website to figure everything out for my 35mm DOF build: