A photographer has extracted the lens of Kodak’s Vest Pocket Camera, released in 1912, to test its capabilities shooting video on his Sony. Now over 100 years old, the VP Camera was revolutionary in its day, popular with soldiers throughout World War I.
Known for his experimental YouTube videos, photographer Mathieu Stern continues to seek out rare, or rarely discovered, camera bodies and lenses to test. This time, he’s put together a series of footage recorded using a 87mm f7 lens, which was inserted inside a C mount to M42 ring, before being placed inside a m42 helicoid, then a m42 to E mount adapter.
This lens spent 100 years in the dark, the last think it captured must have been the horrors of the World War I. I think it was time to use it for something more light and positive.
The original camera is only marginally bigger than a smartphone in size. Stern made several stops at spots around Vienna, Austria to test out the lenses capabilities.
Stern credits the camera’s bulb mode as the reason he was able to keep it open and shoot video without constantly having to reopen it every time.
He says he was “amazed” at the quality and sharpness. Check out the video to see for yourself.
What are your thoughts?
All image and footage Mathieu Stern, and used with permission.