A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Last spring, when I was putting together my anamorfake Pentacon 50mm lens, I had the overwhelming urge to get hold of a few more old M42 lenses of different focal lengths to hack in similar style. My project backlog has been a bit heavy since then, but while I was slightly stuck on the technicalities of the design for a couple of other projects I’m working on, I thought I’d clear my head with another …

DIY Wireless DSLR Tethering: Part 2

In the first part of this project I got to the point where I could wirelessly tether my DSLRs to the qDSLRDashboard application via a modified TP-Link MR3020 wireless router. Powering the MR3020 with a USB power bank gives a reasonably portable system, although for working in the field it’s not the slickest of setups as there are two boxes (router and power bank) rattling around needing to be secured. So in this post I’m …

Experiments with Flare Filters

One of the goals in my earlier post about producing anamorphic style artefacts by modifying the aperture of a Pentacon 50mm lens was to create the horizontal flares that are characteristic for these lenses. While fixing a fine strand of fishing line vertically across the new aperture does produce great flares, it also leaves an ugly shadow line in the elliptical out of focus highlights. As a result I opted not to include the fishing …

Anamorfake on a Budget

Back in the day, when films were being shot for projection on the wide screen, film makers couldn’t afford to waste any of the frame especially as they were already losing a band up the side for recording the audio. To address this anamorphic (cine) camera lenses were developed to horizontally compress the image so that a wide screen image filled the frame: when the film was projected onto the wide cinema screen, a corresponding …

DIY Wireless DSLR Tethering

For anyone who doesn’t have wireless built in to their camera, the notion of getting wireless control and viewing has always been either impossible, or, at a price, the domain of third party providers. There are a growing number of third party wireless tethering devices on the market: the CamRanger has been around for a while, but with the current model (the CamRanger 2) coming in at over £400, the chances of the budget-concious getting …