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Do you want to tell the world how much you love photography without having to keep a big camera hanging around your neck 24 hours a day? Now you can! Take a look at these camera lens-inspired rings by Ben High. Each ring takes the defining characteristics of various lens and integrates them into a ring!

The original idea came about when looking at an old Polaroid SX-70 and realizing how perfectly the distance scale wrapped around the lens would wrap perfectly around a ring. It wasn’t long until there were prototypes built and there was a white gold SX-70 focus ring on the finger of renowned Polaroid/Impossible Project photographer Patrick Tobin. (Really, you should go look at the work he’s done on instant film, it’s exceptional – Patrick Tobin on Flickr)

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After that the store manager here at Philip’s Diamond Shop thought, “I should make one of those for my son’s birthday!” (You can see his work here – Aaron Lurth Photography) It only took a little awkward questioning to find out that his favorite lens was a particular 24mm tilt-shift lens from Canon and the next focus ring was born!

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We got a big boost from the photo website Petapixel when they wrote about the focus rings as well. As more and more people found out about the rings we got to make even more of them!

This one was for a well-known aviation photographer who still couldn’t stop thinking about the first lens he really fell in love with, the Pentax 50mm/1.7.

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Another photographer on the East Coast wanted a ring that would go along with his Canon 70-200 lens, so we built a minimal representation of the fabled Canon lens and it turned out remarkably!

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Do you have a lens that is special to you? Would you like to immortalize it in silver or gold and wear it around every day? We can make that happen! Drop us a line – ben@philipsdiamonds.com – and let us make your ring!

There’s one more exciting ring design we haven’t talked about yet though. The MOVING Focus Ring. That’s right, it’s a ring that really focuses, or at least it moves like a real camera lens does. It’s very very cool.

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Unfortunately, this prototype costs a jillion dollars because of all the time, effort and metal that goes into building it and making it work correctly. We’re currently working on a production model that is getting close to finished! If you want to know when the moving focus ring is ready for production and want more information, you can sign up using the form below to be the first to know when it comes out.