Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kodak Aero Ektar and Fuji FP100C

A while back I was playing with mounts to attach the 7" focal length Kodak Aero Ektar f2.5 lens on different cameras such as Anniversary and Pacemaker Speed Graphics, and shot this image of a broken truck across the street from the lab.  I liked the way the little bare maple tree with its white bark worked against the black and red of the truck.

There is a certain look to this lens and many other character lenses, as I call them, have a specific and identifiable visual appearance they impart on the image.  Aperture, glass type, glass design, aberration, coatings, age, color and other factors contribute to this effect, affecting the final image in an artistically pleasing or useful way, if all goes well.

The Aero Ektar has a cult following especially for those wanting a good lens to tilt to bring certain areas in or out of focus. The effect of tilt-shift in certain television productions has become a little too common lately, and is becoming cliche.  As we get used to looking at these pseudo-miniature landscapes our perception of minification is itself minimized, and might be lost, but visual languages change and evolve with use the same way spoken languages are, so we have to expect this.

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