Monday, November 15, 2010

Tiny Lens

I came across this photography project on The Debonaire. Photographer Timur Civan attached a circa 1908 35mm lens to his digital Canon 5D. The results are nothing short of wonderful.

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I am one of those photographers who is shooting pretty much all digital at the moment...except for my occasional use of my Fuji Instax (more on this later...) I miss film and I miss the feeling of taking a photo and seeing it on paper for the first time. For the majority of my work, I really do not do much manipulation to my images other than the usual basic levels and exposure fixes...sometimes I do more but when it comes down to it, while my photos are not "SOOC" (straight from the camera) I don't really rely on photoshop too, too much. I love how organic these photos feel and look. Sometimes all we really need is to get back to basics and strip ourselves of all the bells and whistles. Look what happens when you do...

Here's how Timur Civan discusses this project in his own words and take a look at these amazing images:

"I am a DP and photographer, 90% of the time i use my 5D for stills, professional and not. I have an upcoming photography project that needs a vintage look. Initially i was going to shoot it on 4x5 large format film, but found the equipment and processing cost prohibitive. My friend, a Russian lens technician, who loves nothing more than to frankenstein equipment, was assisting me in building the 4x5 camera. After we abandoned the 4x5 solution, i put the project on back burner. This morning he called me into his store on NYC. He has something for me.... He found in a box of random parts, hidden inside anther lens this gem. A circa 1908 ( possibly earlier) 35mm lens. Still functioning, mostly brass, and not nearly as much dust or fungus as one would think after sitting in a box for over a hundred years. This lens is a piece of motion picture history, and at this point rare beyond words. So i say to him, "Wow... what do you have in mind?" he smiles, and says, ( in the thickest russian accent you can imagine) " i can make this fit EF you know..." my eye twinkled, and then 6 nail biting hours later,he had it finished. My Russian Lens technician is a mad scientist and he took what sounded like an angle grinder to the lens to make its clear the flange distance and the mirror....... This lens' value is unclear. its sort of on loan. It's the only lens of its kind on a 5D... or any digital for that matter.

Its funny while i was shooting these, EVERY photographer i saw stopped and asked me about the lens... it just looks so goofy on there.

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ALSO: i have a more detailed write up about actually shooting with the lens on my new
blog.

enjoy!

All of these images are straight Jpegs from the camera."

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Images via here,
here and
here.

All images Copyright Timur Civan


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