Sunday, February 9, 2014

Using a retro-styled Fuji X-E2 and a tilt-shift lens for a nostalgic look at old film cameras

What's more appropriate than using the retro-styled Fuji X-E2 to take some still life images of actual retro film cameras. The off-axis focus in some of the shots was caused by moving the tilt-shift adapter opposite to the normal plane of focus. The shallow depth of field is a result of using a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens wide open. To come in close I used an old Nikon 3T close-up lens mounted on the 50mm. The images were processed later for a platinum effect.

A Rolleiflex I, the first commercial model of this twin lens reflex camera dating to the 1930's.

A Nikon S2 rangefinder dating to 1954.

The Kodak Bantam Special, an art deco design by Walter Teague made from 1936-48. It used 828 roll film, which was the same size as 35mm but in a roll.

Another view of the Bantam Special. It was an excellent camera with rangefinder focus and high quality optics. 

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531 rangefinder camera. It took a 6x4.5cm image on 120 roll film. 

Very early Contax I from 1935.

One of the first SLR cameras, a 1950's Exacta Varex with a Kilfitt Makro Kilar 4cm lens.

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