Looking back on 2011, this was my favorite project. I combined a 1917 Kodak with a Pentax k10d. I learned quite a bit about lenses from doing this. Knowing why a lens does something suddenly became more important than what any particular lens can or can’t do. This project taught me about all my modern lenses.
The 1917 kodak works in this case because the lens is on a track, and the focus distance is tied to the focal length. A long focal length means a very close focus distance.
I present to the world, the Frankensteintax. See my previous tumblr entries to see the results of this collision.
It is simply what you see here. I have used simple elastics and some basswood to achieve this with a Series III Kodak 127 camera and Pentax k10d. I am planning a more permanent design with a proper Pentax adapter ring.
The Pentax is run in manual mode and takes care of the shutter and film speed while the aperture is controlled by the antique lens. The antique lens, thankfully is not moldy, and has a full shutter open mode called T and is kept open while shooting.
$16.55 invested so far. :)
Me tossing the Pentax in Photo Booth from a bit ago.
My t-shirt says “The Radio Still Sucks.” Get it?
Don’t toss your camera btw.