An experimental photographer has utilized an old ISCO MC 65mm f/2 Cinema Projector lens by adapting it to his mirrorless camera for a new series of photos and videos.
By now, you may be familiar with Mathieu Stern’s weird lens tests, either from his YouTube channel, or tests of his that we’ve previous covered, such as the $5 slide projector lens and the 3D-printed lens.
Selling for around $100, there is no way to alter the aperture from f/2. In what he calls “Frankenstein work,” Stern resourcefully created his own adapter by wrapping rubber bands around the projector lens and placing it inside a Helios 44mm empty lens body.
Stern remarks that because of the lens’ only option of f/2, colors are very defined. “The lens is extremely sharp in the center, making it a great tool for capturing details,” he says.
In the five-minute clip, Stern showcases various test shots in order to share his findings, including 180% zoom to illustrate the details of some of his landscape shots. The results are surprisingly clear, especially given the aperture.
So what’s the conclusion? “Projector lenses are a true secret treasure that get you some amazing quality for really cheap. All you need is to learn to adapt them and work on your manual focusing.”
Check out the video to see the full results, or you can see more of Stern’s experiments.
All footage and images Mathieu Stern, and used with permission.