102 Year Old Lens on a Canon 5D

Timur Civan installed a circa 1908 Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand cranked cinema camera lens on his Canon 5D and took these cool photos.

I am a DP and photographer, 90% of the time i use my 5D for stills, professional and not. I have an upcoming photography project that needs a vintage look. Initially i was going to shoot it on 4×5 large format film, but found the equipment and processing cost prohibitive. My friend, a Russian lens technician, who loves nothing more than to frankenstein equipment, was assisting me in building the 4×5 camera. After we abandoned the 4×5 solution, i put the project on back burner. This morning he called me into his store on NYC. He has something for me…. He found in a box of random parts, hidden inside anther lens this gem. A circa 1908 ( possibly earlier) 35mm lens. Still functioning, mostly brass, and not nearly as much dust or fungus as one would think after sitting in a box for over a hundred years. This lens is a piece of motion picture history, and at this point rare beyond words. So i say to him, “Wow… what do you have in mind?” he smiles, and says, ( in the thickest russian accent you can imagine) ” i can make this fit EF you know…” my eye twinkled, and then 6 nail biting hours later,he had it finished. My Russian Lens technician is a mad scientist and he took what sounded like an angle grinder to the lens to make its clear the flange distance and the mirror……. This lens’ value is unclear. its sort of on loan. It’s the only lens of its kind on a 5D… or any digital for that matter.

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TED: Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.

The Director’s Playground: Making Choices

In this episode of Celtx’s Motion Sketches they consider the choices the director has to make and the steps a filmmaker can take to ensure that their choices are informed and considered. Knowledge is power. Features interviews with multi award-winning feature and TV director Samantha Lang and Russian action filmmaker Vadim Shmelev.

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Civilization by Marco Brambilla

Civilization is a video installation we created with artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators Standard Hotel in NYC. It’s comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down. Pictures of the installation and Q&A with Brambilla and Crush is posted here


The First Digital Camera

The first recorded attempt at building a digital camera was in 1975 by Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak. It used the then-new solid-state CCD image sensor chips developed by Fairchild Semiconductor in 1973. The camera weighed 8 pounds (3.6 kg), recorded black and white images to a cassette tape, had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels (10,000 pixels), and took 23 seconds to capture its first image in December 1975. The prototype camera was a technical exercise, not intended for production.

Here is the story on the Kodak blog, titled “We Had No Idea.”.

After taking a few pictures of the attendees at the meeting and displaying them on the TV set in the room, the questions started coming. Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a TV? How would you store these images? What does an electronic photo album look like? When would this type of approach be available to the consumer? Although we attempted to address the last question by applying Moore’s law to our architecture (15 to 20 years to reach the consumer), we had no idea how to answer these or the many other challenges that were suggested by this approach. An internal report was written and a patent was granted on this concept in 1978 (US 4,131,919). I kept the prototype camera with me as I moved throughout the company over the last 30 years, mostly as a personal reminder of this most fun project. Outside of the patent, there was no public disclosure of our work until 2001.

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Top 7 Movie Monologues on Business

The ironic thing about many of these great monologues is they have been turned into mantras by the very people the filmmakers where attempting to demonize. Oliver Stone was so upset over the “cult of Gekko” he has created a squeal in an attempt to get the toothpaste back in the tube. I guess we will have to wait and see if “greed is still good.”

I put a little palate cleanser in the form of George Bailey at the half way point for all those that can’t handle so much of life’s truths all at once. :)

Larry the Liquidator – Other People’s Money

Corruption – Syriana

Group Interview – Boiler Room

A Much Richer Man – It’s A Wonderful Life

Primary Forces of Nature – Network

Greed is Good – Wall Street

Coffee is for Closers! – Glengarry Glen Ross

Fans, Friends & Followers: Creating Your Own Cult

From SXSW 2010: Finding an audience has become essential to the filmmaker’s arsenal. Featuring real-world examples, Gary Hustwit (director: Objectified, Helvetica) and Scott Kirsner (CinemaTech) explore the filmmaker’s art of cultivating an audience for their work, spreading the word, showing up for screenings, and buying the DVDs or downloading.


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