View Full Version : Homemade Lens On Rollei SL66

03-10-2011, 12:46 AM
For some time now I have been experimenting with homemade lenses. I'm starting to "see the light" with this configuration of a single convex magnifier element mated to my Rollei. The f2 optic has a focal length is just on 150mm. I shot the first test roll a few days ago and am pleased with the initial results. What I find most appealing is the halo/blur effect, limited depth of field and the soft focus towards the edges.


Lawrie. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/magnifyer_lens_3676.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/magnifyer_lens_3676.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:48 AM
Image 1 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/barn_post__f295_3115.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/barn_post__f295_3115.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:48 AM
Image 2 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/barnrailing__f295_2038.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/barnrailing__f295_2038.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:49 AM
Image 3 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/leaves__f295_4774.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/leaves__f295_4774.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:50 AM
Image 4 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/bird_bath__f295_9898.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/bird_bath__f295_9898.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:52 AM
Image 5 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/the_robe__f295_1126.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/the_robe__f295_1126.jpg)

03-10-2011, 12:53 AM
Image 6 from first roll.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/raku_fish__f295_1878.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/raku_fish__f295_1878.jpg)

03-10-2011, 04:19 AM
Excellent work Lawrie, I especially love "The Robe".

Simple lens images are greatly appealing to me. All my monochrome work for the last 5 years has been simple lens and paper neg in home made large format cameras.

03-10-2011, 10:02 AM
These are really cool, they almost have a zone plate quality to them.

03-10-2011, 07:24 PM
Yes, these are really cool! I do like the quality of them.

03-10-2011, 08:25 PM
Yes indeed!! The set up has some real potential as demonstrated by the photos you shared. Outstanding.

03-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Very nice , i like #4

03-12-2011, 09:07 PM

03-13-2011, 12:06 AM
I especially like the Raku Fish image, the granularity of the image is lovely. I've also been meaning to congratulate you on this project, I really like the look that this lens gives, and your skill in using it is evident.

This gives me inspiration to attempt some sort of improvised lens on my Lumix G1.


03-13-2011, 07:05 AM
Thank you all - for looking, and for the encouraging comments!

Special thanks, however, to Joe van Cleave.

"Joe, I have dredged the archives and probably read every single posting of yours on such diverse subjects as pinhole, paper negatives, alternative processes, camera construction/modifications etc. etc. etc. You have provided a literal gold mine of information and I thank you personally for sharing so freely. It is that generosity of spirit which makes the photographic community a better place!"



03-17-2011, 08:45 AM
Wonderful results, Lawrie.

When I saw the first image of the wooden post and iron railing I thought "this looks promising!" but the rest of the images after that were even better.

I love the combination of softness and grain, not to mention your always impeccable compositions.

I can't wait to see more!