What do you think the footage will look like if you mount a 140-year-old lens, to a RED cinema camera? Would be interesting to see right? That’s exactly what photographer Mathieu Stern also thought. Let’s take a look…

“Collecting old and weird lenses is a passion of course, but sometimes I want to experiment with my own creations.”

As you know from previous video’s we’ve shared, Paris-based photographer Mathieu Stern has been exploring the world of old and wonderful lenses on his YouTube channel. The idea is to mount all sorts of lenses (the older and weirder, the better) to a modern cameras and see how they perform. But for his latest challenge, Mathieu set out to mount a 140-year-old lens to a modern RED cinema camera.

About the project Mathieu; “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.” Let’s take a look at how the footage turned out.

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Categories: Cinematography