These three vintage lenses produce crazy bokeh

Dec 5, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

These three vintage lenses produce crazy bokeh

Dec 5, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It’s the holiday season and it seems like Christmas lights are everywhere you look. Photographer Mathieu Stern has taken advantage of this and he’s turned those lights into some crazy bokeh. In his latest video, he uses three cheap vintage lenses and turns the Christmas lights into rich, sparkly, “bokehlicious” backdrop. So if you’re planning some holiday-themed portraits, maybe you can look for these lenses at flea markets or eBay.

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Mathieu takes his two models to six sparkling locations around the city. For some additional light, he uses Yongnuo YN360 II LED light wand. Let’s take a look at the lenses and the example photos.

Porst 50mm f/1.2

The first lens is Porst 50mm f/1.2. Mathieu found it for under $100, and it’s the most expensive of the three lenses he compares in the video. Take a look at some sample photos and what the bokeh looks like.

MIR-1B 37mm f/2.8.

Another lens is MIR-1B 37mm f/2.8. Mathieu bought it for $35 and modified it to be a globular lens. With a simple modification, this lens produces exploding bokeh. You should remove the front lens, reverse it and put it back in its place. I like this one best, as it gives a really unique look to the photos:

KO-140mm f/1.8

The third lens is KO-140mm f/1.8 and it cost Mathieu around $45. It’s a Russian projector lens, and for this video, it was adapted to fit Sony mirrorless camera using an adapter from RAFcamera. Since it’s a long lens, it produces giant bokeh balls. Take a look at the photos:

Do you already own any of these lenses? What’s your favorite lens when it comes to bokeh?

[3 Vintage Lenses that Create CRAZY BOKEH – Christmas Special | Mathieu Stern]

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11 responses to “These three vintage lenses produce crazy bokeh”

  1. Svante Ekholm Lindahl Avatar
    Svante Ekholm Lindahl

    Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4 (1967) ??

  2. Paul Willy Brown Avatar
    Paul Willy Brown

    no no no

  3. Nikola Avatar
    Nikola

    These are great lenses u can also check out the Tair 11a it is a vintage Russian lens 130mm f2.8. I’m not shure about the f but u can google it. Have a great day

  4. Joshua Boldt Avatar
    Joshua Boldt

    I really enjoy Mathieu Stern

    1. Eric Pomorski Avatar
      Eric Pomorski

      I managed to snag a supertak 50/1.4 in great shape from a “junk bin” for five bucks. Fantastic lens. Same price, same junk bin buried under department store lenses: super takumars 35/3.5, 105/2 8, and 135/3.5. That was a good junk bin.

  5. Ivy Schexnayder Avatar
    Ivy Schexnayder

    Going to try the “explosion” lens, but right now, my favorite lens is the helios 44-2. It is my go to lens for any creative photos.

  6. Eric Pomorski Avatar
    Eric Pomorski

    “If you want your pictures to be horribly disorienting, try these three bad lenses!” :(

  7. Timo Ripatti Avatar
    Timo Ripatti

    I feel attached to the Jupiter 85/2, with wide open. Not too scary circles, with a sharp image inside an unsharp ”signature”.

  8. Pepperberry Farm Avatar
    Pepperberry Farm

    I absolutely love my Porst 55/1.2……

  9. Marko Stijelja Avatar
    Marko Stijelja

    how do you get that effect with MIR 1B ? I see examples and not all look like that ???wtf? :)