Saying goodbye to a new corroded friend.

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by ralf_j., Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Hello everyone -
    It has been many moons since I have posted here nevertheless I do check in from time to time.
    Might as well make come back with a silly post. It is very possible that this post does not belong here, so before everyone shouts at once, please accept my apologies in advance.
    I purchased a Kodak Ektramax from the bay for a couple of bucks.
    It arrived well packaged like a healthy apple - but quite rotted inside. Advance lever was jammed, and battery leakage had caused major corrosion, which could not be reversed without major surgery (re-wire-solder etc.).
    Spent a couple of minutes to strip it down to bare parts and removed the lens with its plastic barrel - there it was a tiny f/1.9 lens sitting in the palm of my hand. The rest of the camera was placed in recycling without much ceremony.
    I set it aside for a couple of days, and this evening I just made a very rough cardboard cut-out and inserted the lens through. This "assembly" was then taped to an old Fuji XE-1 (yes digital), what better way to resurrect this lens rather than letting it sit and collect dust :).
    Took a couple of shots. Obviously no aperture control here so f/1.9. A couple of images below with this silly contraption yet entertaining.
    RJ
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  4. Nice idea! Images look a little soft but beautiful tones...
     
  5. Thanks - this is more of a play and not letting the lens go to waste. Available light gave this effect, I wander if contrast would punch up in outdoor sunny days. Next thing is possibly making an aperture disk and placing it in front, maybe that will perk up sharpness.
     
  6. I admire your creativity. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Ingenuity at it's best. As you say, why waste a interesting lens?
     
  8. Thanks Hosteen.
     
  9. Thanks Rick - in all seriousness, classic manual camera seriousness - that is, I have been amassing and using Exakta items, and repairing the pinholed shutters. I must say, it's been quite rewarding.
     
  10. Cool, Ralf! Yeah, get a piece of thin, stiff, black vinyl (cheap notebook cover) and punch a hole in it with a hand punch. makes a decent aperture.
     
  11. Ralf, try reversing the lens --- you'll have a high magnification macro setup that way -- if the lens is at least moderately wide angle. Usually excellent depth of field too.
     
  12. On it Louis :), picked up something like that at the dollar store, all I need is time now.
     
  13. Mike - neat idea, will give it a shot.
     
  14. Ralf! It's good to hear from you! I was about to email you last week to see what you've been up to since we haven't talked for quite some time, but now I see what you've been cooking up in your laboratory. What a cool way to use that lens. I'm interested to see what more you'll do with your new tool.
     
  15. Hi Andy - good to see you - sorry its been a long radio silence on my end but am hoping to visit on more regular basis. Everyday life got too demanding with family and a recent move.
    Will see if I can reverse the lens and get a little closer
     
  16. Welcome back Ralf J ... Life steps ins sometimes .Excellent post. Funny "an old EX1 ... Tempus Fugit.. a
    future CMC? AS Andy mentioned do post and let us see what'S up Exaktas et al , macros Ektar lenses.
     
  17. Thanks Chuck for commenting and it is nice to see you as well. I am glad our old crew is more or less in tact.
     

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