- Tram Ho
In an experiment born of curiosity, photographer and Youtuber Jay P. Morgan has ‘crafted’ an IMAX lens to take pictures with the Canon EOS R. Not only that, he also uses a set-up. This ‘big terror’ for street portrait photography, a subject where photographers often use compact, easy-to-move cameras.
Experiment with street portrait photography with the ‘super-huge’ IMAX lens
The lens was produced by Iwerks Entertainment, a company founded in 1985. The label has changed its name to SimEx-Iwerks to date, but continues to produce filming systems, direct filmmaking and productions. other entertainment products. The lens was in Jay P. Morgan’s warehouse for many years, before he decided to take it out to do this experiment.
The IMAX series of cameras have a much larger image acquisition diameter than standard Full-frame cameras today, so the lens is also ‘oversized’ in size. In order to use IMAX lenses with the Canon EOS R, Mr. Morgan had to make a wooden stand for easier handling. After he was able to support the lens, he added a Canon RF – EF mount adapter to attach it to the EOS R, as the lens was manufactured with mounts from older Canon DSLRs.
Mr. Morgan shared about his experience of using it: “This lens has a very wide angle, perhaps up to 180 degrees, so I have to get very close to the subject before taking the photo. The way it creates images is also very strange when The things in the center of the image are sharp, but the edges are blurred like a tilt-shift lens. “
Mr. Morgan believes that this strange effect is due to the way he attaches the lens to the camera body is not flat, so the field of view is not above the camera sensor. When taking portraits, if the subject is to focus on the face, the subject’s body, arms and legs will still be ‘blurred’ even if they are standing upright. Although this effect is not intentional, it creates beautiful photos that are one-of-a-kind, with a very wide viewing angle but still ‘remove the background’.
As mentioned, this is not the ideal lens for street portrait photography due to its large size. However, Mr. Morgan did not do this experiment to find the perfect lens but to try new things from an aging lens. Through this shoot, he said that he also wanted to experiment with other ‘vintage’ lenses on modern bodies to see what novel effects they have.
Source : Genk