This Is What Happens When You Put a 140-Year-Old Lens on a 5K RED Scarlet-W
The stunning beauty of combining high-tech imaging with vintage optics...
Every time the Weird Lens Maestro, Mathieu Stern, tinkers around with weird lenses, we're always impressed by the beautiful images he manages to capture. This time, though, he has taken his experimentation and our eyebrows to another level with his latest test. In this video, Stern takes a 140-year-old lens, which is 10 years older than the Eiffel Tower, and mounts it onto a RED Scarlet-W with a DRAGON 5K brain. What resulted were some test shots that totally knocked our socks off, and we're fairly certain that, after watching it, you're going to be sockless, too. Check out the video below:
Beautiful! Stern tested a few different aspects of the lens/camera combo, including the lens' macro ability, it's stunning, soft bokeh, and its low-light capabilities, as well. Here's what Stern had to say about the test:
It's been a dream for me to adapt a century-old lens on the highest technology available and see how the image would look. I used a lens I love and that was made 140 years ago, 10 years before the Eiffel Tower started to be built, a lens that was one of the first to have an internal iris. I had to find a way to use a Cinema Camera, so I teamed up with Paul Ménagé, a French movie producer who helped me shoot the video with his $15,000 RED camera that can record 5K. After some tests, I found the best way to adapt the lens on the camera and the first image that appeared on the screen was mind-blowing. We did some test footage in the forest and in the dark with the talented Naomi and the incredible Fire Samurai Morgane.
Stern says that he'll be experimenting with more unique lenses in the future, and hopefully he incorporates a wider range of different cameras, including full-frame, so we can get our fill of drool-worthy images.