Maddi (La Lunetta) from Vancouver Canada was visiting Amsterdam and staying in her friends amazing ’70s retro-styled apartment. Besides being an outright nice and intelligent person Maddi is a very creative model and very easy going and relaxed during the shoot. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this shoot with her where I tried to incorporate this ’70s vibe into the photos I took.
To aid in this I brought some vintage lenses that, with the help of adapters, I can use on my Fuji x-pro2. The optics of these old lenses will render images differently than Fuji’s own optimized lenses. This besides the fact that the old lenses are fully manual of course so no auto-focus to rely on.
I brought the East German Zeiss Jena flektogon 35mm f/2.4 and the Russian Mir 1b 37mm f/2.8 next to Fuji’s own 56mm f/1.2 lens, which is one of my favorite portrait lenses.
Some geek info:
To mount old (or different brand) lenses to a camera you can either use a simple adapter that sits in between the different mounts or you can use a focal reducer.
Focal reducers are essentially mount-adapters that use optical elements in order to give close to the original field of view from lenses that were designed for larger sensors (or in this case film format) than the one you’re using them on.
The Zeiss Jena was fitted with an Zhonghyi Lens Turbo II Speedbooster.
This focal reducer has two effects on the lens you attach it to:
1. as mentioned above it reduces the focal lenght of the lens by 0.726 so a 35mm lens will become 25mm (rounded down), however due to the 1.5x crop factor of the aspc sized sensor you end up with 37mm.
2. since we’re reducing the image circle to 0.726x it’s original size, it would stand to reason that we could expect an increase in effective light reaching the sensor of the same amount. Thus, if we use that same 35mm lens (an f/2.4), we should expect the amount of light gathered to equal an f/1.74 lens.
The Mir 1B was mounted with a normal adapter so due to the 1.5x sensor crop factor this effectively became a 55mm lens.
The 56mm Fuji lens itself will translate to a 85mm lens (rounded up) when compared to the ‘standard’ full frame notation.