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Lubitel 2 TLR Lens Retrofitted with a Canon EOS Mount

Lubitel 2 To Canon EOS Retrofit

If you want a lens that most or all photographers don’t have, one way is to retro fit a vintage lens with a new mount. That’s what Washington DC freelance photographer J. David Buerk did with a lens he found on an old Lubitel 2 twin-lens reflex camera, and the results are quite nice.

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

After finding the camera for $15 while on vacation in Florida, Buerk decided that he would try his hand at converting the camera’s lens for use with his Canon DSLRs.

The first step involved removing the entire lens section from the main Lubitel body:

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Buerk then crafted a new mount for the lens using an EF body cap:

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

After quite a few tweaks and adjustments to get the retrofitted lens to be compatible with his cameras, the deed was done.

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Here are some sample photographs showing what an old school TLR lens can do when attached to a new school digital camera:

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Come to Life: Summer of 2013

Come to Life: Summer of 2013

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

Lubitel 2 to Canon EOS Retrofit

If you want to try this type of conversion yourself, you can check out Buerk’s step-by-step documentation of his process. Be warned though, you’ll need a good amount of skill with your hands to pull this one off.


Image credit: Photographs by J. David Buerk and used with permission