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102-Year-Old Lens Plus Canon 5D Mark II Equals Instant Vintage Photos

Photographer Timur Civan had a project that required vintage-looking photographs. Originally planning to shoot the project on a 4×5 large format camera, he abandoned that route after calculating the cost for equipment and processing. His lens technician friend then discovered a 1908 Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand-cranked lens in a box of spare parts, and spent 6 hours helping him make the lens fit on an EF mount for Civan’s 5D Mark II.

Check out these untouched JPEG images straight from the camera:

Instant vintage photographs! Is that cool or what?


Image credits: Photographs by Timur Civan and used with permission


 
 
  • kwokstar

    If he mass produced these, I would buy one.

  • http://twitter.com/itravel81 mach3

    I’d like to have that lens, please. If you have similar stuff for sale, give me a shout!

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  • http://wordflyer.tumblr.com Joshua Murray

     These are very, very cool.

  • Simplified

    Hey, just because his opinion of these pictures is different does not mean it is inferior — in fact you should appreciate it because “anything different is good,” right?

    Stop calling other people on the internet dicks. It just makes you look like an asshole, and that’s much worse.

  • http://profiles.google.com/k6martini Kevin Martini

    I love using vintage lenses. I have gotten a lot of use out of my Soviet Industar-50 on my 50D, I really wish one of the lens manufacturers would start making modern pancake lenses similar to these vintage lenses with more modern optics technology, like multicoating.

  • Durkadurka

    …But dicks also fuck assholes.

  • Durkadurka

    …But dicks also fuck assholes.

  • A_dairy_cow

    You’re one of those people who masturbates over technical specs, but doesn’t have the heart or soul of a photographer, aren’t you?

  • A_dairy_cow

    You’re one of those people who masturbates over technical specs, but doesn’t have the heart or soul of a photographer, aren’t you?

  • A_dairy_cow

    You’re one of those people who masturbates over technical specs, but doesn’t have the heart or soul of a photographer, aren’t you?

  • A_dairy_cow

    You’re one of those people who masturbates over technical specs, but doesn’t have the heart or soul of a photographer, aren’t you?

  • A_dairy_cow

    You’re one of those people who masturbates over technical specs, but doesn’t have the heart or soul of a photographer, aren’t you?

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  • http://twitter.com/Skiathoswedding Skiathos Wedding

    Simply too cool!

  • http://www.fatphotographer.net Ashley Beolens

    What a facinating idea, I don’t understand why people are moaning, but then experimentation is obviously not in their mindsets.

  • johnson

    it doesn’t say they aren’t photoshopped. i doubt they cam out of the camera all desaturated and all. and sure you can get the same effect just photoshopping a regular photo. i like the idea, though…

  • johnson

    i’m just going to add a thought here. i also use all kinds of old lenses on my digital body.
    i think it has an advantage over a total “crap” setup in that you can get really good resolution in your shots. in other words, these photos look like crap, but there is enough quality in places for it to have some interest. that’s whhat we los with a total crap camera like a diana or maybe a micro 4 -3rds…

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    nice

  • steve

    why not? it’s easier to get the picture onto a computer, am i wrong?

  • CrazedLeper

    If I want old-looking photographs, I’ll invent a time machine and go back and take them when they were new.