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.