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02-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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"Frankensteined" M. Zuiko 17mm f2.8 on E-P1

I often enjoy the look of old, high contrast film and two of my favorite lenses are Lensbaby and Holga, I know, I'm weird... With the fairly recent purchase of Olympus E-P1 kit with 17mm f2.8 (really enjoy this little combo) I, however, sometimes miss having the effect of those two lenses. And I often used them together (0.5X Holga wide adapter mounted on LB)

I do have an K to M4/3 adapter, but then, the size of the camera becomes somewhat... My "want" for E-P1 was for it's compact size and I wanted to keep it that way. So I've attempted to make something that would allow me get some of those "charactered" B&W shots I get from LB and Holga, while keeping the AF and the compact size of that Olympus combo, and without having to change lenses or increase the size of the kit, and not having to spend a lot of time in PS to mimic those characteristics.

I now have two simple 37mm filters that I can just crew on to the lens... First one with native center sharpness of 17mm lens (pretty much straight out of the camera JPGs) No spectacular photography here, freezing rain outside, just some things around the house...

These next two meant to be softer, for more of a vintage look and out-of-focus studies that I often enjoy (also JPGs out of the camera):

So that was my weekend project that was brewing in my head for a week - finished... Now, my "B&W high contrast mood" is just a filter away.


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Not sure I understand your method, but I sure like the shots, they are excellent. Nice "mood" to them and the contrast is very good.
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Thank you Rupert, appreciate it! I know this dark/moody finish is far from everyone's preference, but I somehow really enjoy the high contrast film finish of high iso Fuji Neopan, Ilford HPS and Rollei's...

As for the method - I bough few $1.00 37mm UV filters from ebay, removed the glass, and replaced it with plastic inserts that I've experimented with (actually from the trays of the medical supplies that hold the injection contrast for our MRI studies). It is slightly imperfect (transparency wise), concave and fits perfectly (after a little trimming) into 37mm filter frame.

Center of the "new filter" I polished to desired clarity (about 10mm of circle):

Then simply screwed on to the lens:

Above is the "retro" style filter, with reduced sharpness... The one that utilizes lens's native sharpness in the center is made the same way, but the center (about 8mm) is simply drilled out, and edges cleaned up. So center is sharp, and the rest is a graduated blur.


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