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Thread: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

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    Re: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Markham941 View Post
    As I toil building my current 8x11 (digital scanner) camera I wanted to get some (hopefully) cheap 'lenses' to experiment with when it is completed.

    From reading and research I know many large format photographers use meniscus lenses, and lenses from enlargers, copy machines, and slide and movie projectors.

    I was curious to know any recommendations not so much from the latter but from other types of lenses that may be odder or even things that may act like a "lens" --- so anything from any industrial / optic industry to even toys -- I'm game!
    How about a straw lens?
    https://www.designboom.com/art/farre...ra-02-14-2017/

    Or a Fresnel lens may give you a weird look.

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    Re: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

    Was told that that Sally Mann took a ball-peen hammer to damage/crack the front lens element... not sure how true that is, just passing on something I was told. I do remember reading that she used lenses with damaged elements.

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    Re: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

    How much did your scanner and other parts of your camera cost? You should spend 72% of the cost of the camera on the lens for it. For example:

    custom wetplate camera - Dallmeyer 3B
    Deardorf 8x10 - Gold Rim Dagor
    Kodak 2D 5x7 - B&L IIb Tessar
    Crown Graflex 4x5 - 127mm Ektar
    Homemade cardboard LF camera - whatever you want

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    Re: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

    I have one lower section with lens from a pair of binoculars glued to a lens board. It's only sharp-ish in the middle, but looks kinda cool sometimes (and sometimes it's just bad).
    Bethe King
    www.ewfisher.com

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