When it comes to weird lenses, the first name that springs to many minds is YouTuber Mathieu Stern. So, who better to go visit the weird lens paradise at Camera Rescue? So, that’s exactly what Mathieu did. He hopped on a flight to Tampere, Finland, to check out their huge collection of kit. Fortunately, he shot a video so the rest of us could see some of the cool lenses he got to play with and tell us more about the Camera Rescue project.
Back in 2016, Fujifilm announced the discontinuation of FP-100C peel-apart instant film. It made many film photographers sad, but SuperSense is on a mission to bring the peel-apart film back to life. They launched a Kickstarter project to fund ONE INSTANT, the “next generation” Type 100 peel-apart instant film. And Mathieu Stern got to test it out. He teamed up with Chris Holmquist of SuperSense to demonstrate what it’s like to shoot with the new version of the familiar peel-apart film.
Photographer Mathieu Stern has built an admirable collection of rare, weird, super-cheap and DIY lenses so far. With his latest finding, he kinda brought all of this together. He laid his hands on a Cinestar 75mm f/1.9, a cinema projector lens. After making his own adapter, he used it on a Sony a7 III and tested it in a video. If you are a swirly bokeh fan, you’re gonna love it.
In 1912, Eastman Kodak first introduced Vest Pocket Kodak, a tiny camera that was barely larger than today’s smartphones. It was a camera of choice for the soldiers in the First World War. Recently, Mathieu Stern got his hands onto a 100-year-old lens from one of these cameras. He carefully placed it onto a Sony A7III and gave the lens a new life by shooting a video with it. Take a look at the result in the video below.
This visit was for a portrait shooting on a collodion wet plate and we did also a short wet plate workshop. After the videos from Mathieu and myself, you can see all the pictures and read more about the shootings
Non-photographic lenses such as projector or spy lenses can be used for taking some stunning photos. But have you considered using a medical lens? Mathieu Stern got to test an Elicar 90mm f2.5 Macro Medical V-HQ, a relatively rare lens that was used by medical professionals in the ‘80s. And it turns out that it’s super sharp and great for close-up shots.
Using a UV light for photos can give you some spectacular results and give your images an unusual twist. Even when you illuminate ordinary subjects with it, they can look extraordinary. In this video, Mathieu Stern teamed up with fellow photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer to show you what everyday objects look like in UV light, and inspire you to try it out yourself.
Photographer Mathieu Stern is passionate about finding and even making unusual lenses. This time, he hit a flea market and found a $6 treasure: Rollei 90mm f/2.4 MC. It’s a slide projector lens, but Mathieu adapted it to his Sony mirrorless camera and found out that it’s also great for portraits.
If you use a lens pen, you’ve noticed that its felt tip is covered in black powder. It’s great against fingertips and other greasy residue, but it wears off. In this video, Mathieu Stern will show you how to clean your lenses equally efficient without using a lens pen. You will need a candle, a spoon, and a microfiber lens cleaning cloth instead. Confused? Let’s dive in.
Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern enjoys buying, modifying and even making his own weird lenses. He dreamt of his latest project for two years and now he’s finally made it – a lens made of ice. He traveled all the way to Iceland to be able to turn his idea into reality.
Making the ice lens came with a lot of challenges, but Mathieu managed to overcome them. He kindly shares with DIYP some photos and videos he took with this ice lens, as well as the story of how he made it. And it’s all really cool (no pun intended)!