After we consider lenses, we normally consider chunks of steel or plastic with glass parts inside them. If anyone says “wood lens” to us, we normally consider CNC or laser-cut fashions of lenses that don’t even have any optical properties and are merely chunks of wooden that resemble a lens. However not this time. Oh, no. This one’s a wood lens, with glass optics that really works.
And who do you suppose made this lens a actuality? Yup, that’s proper, bizarre lens king, Mathieu Stern, who teamed up with the oldsters at Hungarian photographer lens creator, Bizarre Lenses, to carry the lens to life and no matter the way it may see – which appears fairly good – it appears to be like fairly superior, too!
The optics are based mostly on the Tremendous-Takumar 55mm f/2 M42 mount lens. It’s a reasonably nice lens (I’ve one myself) however not very costly so far as previous sought-after glass is anxious. The lens was shipped to Bizarre Lenses by fellow Hungarian photographer, Hispan, and when it arrived they instantly began engaged on changing the lens to carry Mathieu’s imaginative and prescient to actuality.
The whole construct is documented as a montage in Maathieu’s video and it even comes full with a magnetic lens cap. It’s nonetheless M42 mount and might simply be used on Mathieu’s Sony cameras with the usage of an adapter. Even the aperture ring nonetheless works, having additionally been swapped out fully with a brand new wood one.
Regardless of the rehousing, the lens appears to be like like its shoots nearly as good because it ever did. And, in fact, a brand new exterior shouldn’t have an effect on how the optics work in any respect. However it positive appears to be like much more fairly on the skin. Mathieu mentions within the video that in a visit to Switzerland to try it out, it obtained a lot of discover from folks within the space every time he was capturing it.
A really cool and enjoyable lens conversion!