Who Needs Vintage Filters? 5D Mark II Paired with 86-Year-Old Folding Camera
We're always talking about new gear, but that doesn't mean you can't create something beautiful with old gear. In fact, the older the better! A while back we saw Timur Civan pair a 5D Mark II with a 100-year-old lens, and it produced a technically poor but aesthetically pleasing image. There are times when the image doesn't need to be perfect, and we might want some wear in our image. Jason Bognacki has taken this a step further and has actually attached a Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folding camera from around 1926 to his Canon 5D Mark II. Thankfully he has graced us not only with photographs, but a video as well.
Here is the film that he made with his contraption:
These are some photos of the device and some pictures that were taken with it:
It's always fun to see projects like this, because digital cameras are at a point where we can successfully take all of these old still lenses (or view cameras and lenses) and actually get great looking video out of them.
It's not always about the gear, but about what aesthetic your particular gear can bring to a project. It's really a beautiful example of how you can achieve a vintage look without applying some fake filters in post. I'm always partial to doing as much in-camera as possible, so I'm always going to recommend using a vintage lens over a vintage filter.
If you're interested in trying to build your own view camera lens attachment, Jason has provided some instructions on his blog.