Shooting a Video with a 1880 Lens

I love Lenses …. i mean i am obsessed with them, but i also like weird stuff, so naturally i mixed the two and wanted to experiment.

Why just focusing on the ultra expensive electronic lenses when you can do incredible things with just old glass …

the glass is the key to image beauty, not the internal motors.

I am happy to announce the launch of a new web-serie about lens test  ” The Weird Lens Challenge “… but not any kind of lens, we will focus only on the weird ones , the old, the crazy ones that you can mount on a mirrorless camera.

For this episode we will teste a 1880 large format camera lens, one of the first lens with internal iris


After mounting it with some cardboard pieces to keep it tightly blocked in a m42 macro tube, and then screw it on different macro m42 tubes and to a m42 helicoidal ring that was screwed to a M42 to Nex Adaptor ring then to the Sony A7II , the lens was able to focus.

The Lens is incredibly sharp for a 136 years old simple metallic lens, from my test it’s even sharper than most of my modern canon lenses, the results are amazing … but it also gives some strange lens flares and light leaks that are pretty dreamy ( some would say it’s horrible )

Check the video for the results.

So does it takes good photos too ?

Here are some exemples of what the lens mounting is giving for photos.

( click on the photos to see bigger version )




SOOOOO sharp …




Pretty clean for a portrait lens



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Thanks To Janina for posing.


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