What it’s like to shoot a video with a 100-year-old lens from World War I

Jul 25, 2019

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.

What it’s like to shoot a video with a 100-year-old lens from World War I

Jul 25, 2019

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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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.

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To attach this old lens to his camera, Mathieu used an M42 helicoidal adapter with an M42 to C mount adapter and some rubber bands from an old bike tire. He took it on a trip to Vienna with him and shot some frames around the city.

This isn’t the first time that Mathieu has mounted a very old lens onto a modern camera. He paired a 135mm lens from a large format wooden camera onto a RED camera. He’d previously tested it on Sony A7II. And he even gave autofocus to a 120-year-old lens. I don’t know about you, but I personally like the result he got from these lenses. Plus, I think there’s something special about the fact that you’re bringing together the photography’s present and its distant past in a single kit. Make sure to check out the video, and let us know how you like the result.

[Shooting a Video with a World War 1 Lens (100 years old) | Mathieu Stern]

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One response to “What it’s like to shoot a video with a 100-year-old lens from World War I”

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    Jacobo Villegas

    I love it. I’d like to see more people in the video. And also photos.