30 November, 2009

just a pinhole.

Taken with the Dacora Obscura.

"leaves", brasil, 2008/2009

An absurd idea - part 3!

Yes, there is a third possibility to take a photo through another camera.
For this option you need a slr with a pentaprism. You don't need a lens, but I screwed a hollowed lens on the camera.
The little picture you see in the camera, came through the viewfinder and impinged on the mirror.

This picture I've shown in an older post:

29 November, 2009


Today I built two pinhole lenses out of two old, damaged M42-lenses.
Yes, "pinhole lenses" is a contradiction, but you know what I mean.

First I cored the two lenses (the glasses must go!), then I put on each lens a lens cap and fixed them. After this I measured the focal lengths and used the pinhole size calculator to determine the diameter of the holes. Later I pricked with a pin the holes in the lens caps.

Now I have two Pinhole-M42-lenses for my M42-slr's!

Focal length: 75mm
Diameter: 0.365mm
fStop: 205
Image circle: 144mm

Original: Revuenon Special 2.8/35mm

Focal length: 55mm
Diameter: 0.313mm
fStop: 176
Image circle: 106mm

Original: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Domiplan 2.8/50mm

26 November, 2009

An absurd idea - part 2!

Today I shot through the waist-level finder from the Praktica, but it wasn't easier;)

What you need:
_ a camera with a waist-level finder (e.g. Praktica FX2/FX3, Exa 1a/1b/1c, Hasselblad, Kiev 88, Rolleiflex etc.)
_ a slr or dslr
_ a tripod
(_ a mirror)

An absurd idea!

Question: Can I take a photo through another camera?

Answer: Yes, it's complicated, but possible.

How to do:
I took my Canon EOS Rebel XSi and the Praktica F.X 3 and two tripods. The back from the Praktica is removable and the shutter is a little bit rusty, therefore it's easier to shoot through it.
First I focused the Praktica. To focus the second camera, in this case the Rebel XSi, is a little bit complicated. Sometimes the AF doesn't work, but I had time to set the AF-system.

First some making-of pictures:

The picture through another camera:

Yes, it isn't the big hit, but once more a question is solved!

Oh I think it's easier to shoot through the waist-level finder from the Praktica;) Okay, at the next time!

24 November, 2009

PRAKTIsche CAmera.

Selfs with a Praktica F.X 3 blue, the us-version of the Praktica F.X 2 .

I found this wonderful camera two weeks ago in Joinville, but I didn't have the money to buy it, I rather bought me the book Photo Icons II from TASCHEN and some old 1970s brazilian photo magazines. But today I drove once more to Joinville and bought this incredible camera. At the camera is a Isco Göttingen Westanar 2.8/50mm Version 2. The camera and the lens work, but have some little problems.
The Praktica-strap I bought two years ago at ebay.


23 November, 2009

"A photograph is always invisible,...

...it is not it that we see."

Roland Barthes

"sleeping on the edge", germany, 2005/2009

"You must feel an affinity for what you are photographing. ...

...You must be part of it, and yet remain sufficiently detached to see it objectively. Like watching from the audience a play you already know by heart."

George Rodger

"in the kitchen", germany, 2005/2009

13 November, 2009

War with the Frogs!

Do you read Karel Čapeks "War with the Newts" ("Válka s mlok")?
I read it and today not the newts but the frogs - ok one frog - attacked me - ok not me, but my photography books! I think that frogs are very strange.

You don't believe it? You think this is a joke? Come on, it's the truth! Here is the evidence:

I don't know how and why he was in my room, but I think he is a real mind jacker photographer!
After the photo session I put him in the garden. Hey, I love animals and he isn't only a frog, he's a mind jacker!

11 November, 2009

"Mich interessiert der Rand der Welt, nicht die Mitte. ...

...Das Nichtaustauschbare ist für mich von Belang. Wenn etwas nicht ganz stimmt in den Gesichtern und Landschaften..."

Sibylle Bergemann

"face study" germany, 2005/2006/2008

03 November, 2009

The old Standard.

Today I found on a cemetery an old paper. I was very surprised, because I could decipher the name "Eastman Kodak". Of course I picked it up. At home I restored the paper a little bit, because another layer of paper was in various quarters over the Kodak paper.

I found an interesting link, perhaps it is more or less 100 years old. I don't know, but it is a part of the history of photography.

01 November, 2009

"Memory does not make films,...

...it makes photographs."

Milan Kundera

"the cross I & II", brasil, 2009

insane camera-lens-combinations part 2

part 1 is here

Today I bought an old Meopta Opemus IIa enlarger with following accessories:

_ Shinker 3.5/75mm Made in Japan
_ Shinker 4.5/105mm Made in Japan
_ Kodak Enlarging Ektar 4.5/75mm Made in USA
_ Schneider Kreuznach Componon 5.6/80mm Made in Germany
_ 2x adapter for the lenses
_ spare lamp
_ Timer from Kohm
_ 2x Ilford Multigrade Filter Kit (one kit is numbered 00-5 in 1/2 steps and the other kit is numbered 1-5 in 1 steps)
_ 2x red-light lamps

But before I'll use the enlarger, I created some insane camera-lens-combinations and made some trails.

First I screwed an Industar 61 2.8/52mm from the FED 4 and a Helios 44 2/58mm from the Zenit 3M/Revueflex on the Meopta, because one of the lens adapter plates has a M39 thread mount (here with the Helios):

Then I screwed the Shinker 4.5/105mm en­large­ment lens on the Zenit 3M/Revueflex, but it doesn't work, you won't get a sharp picture:

The next combi is the FED 4 with the Shinker 3.5/75mm. And this combi works, it's a real macro. After this I screwed the Shinker 4.5/105mm on the FED and of course this works, too. The only problem is that the FED 4 is a rangefinder and because of this the focussing is a little bit complicated, but no problem for no problem people:

EDIT 19.09.2010:
Today I made some photos with the FED 4 and the both lenses. But before I measured the distance between the lens and the subject to know the right focussing point. I measured from the front part of the lens:
The distance at the Shinker 105mm is 4,6cm to the subject.
The distance at the Shinker 75mm is 2,0cm
to the subject.
To check this, I screwed the both lenses on my Zorki 4. And yes, with the same results.
EDIT 08.11.2010:
I'm sorry, but the field test was unsuccessful. The pictures are all unsharp!
The next combi is just for fun. I put the Kodak Enlarging Ektar 4.5/75mm on the Zorki 4, but the screw mount of the Kodak is a little bit smaller than M39.
It's a great pity, because I wanted a combination of the USSR and the USA that works:

EDIT 27.05.2011:
See here an American-Russian combination thats works!

The next combi is really insane. The combi consists of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi and the Schneider Kreuznach Componon 5.6/80mm + the enlarger adapter plate.
Yes the picture seems like a dazed feeling:

The next picture shows the combination of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi with the Canon EF-S 3.5-5.6/18-55mm IS and the Ilford Multigrade Filter No.5:

At last I put the Ilford Multigrade Filter-System on the Elmarit 2.8/35mm from the Leica R4. In the Leica is an Ilford FP4+ :

The pictures with some of this combis are coming soon!