THE CAMERA WORKS! It ain’t too pretty on the outside but the lens is performing so so well. I did have a niggling fear that light no longer travels in straight lines – but today I was able to combine the lens and light-tight structure, putting them together to make a camera! It was set up in my garden – not a big garden, and is currently taking up a good 50% and getting in the way. I should go take it down. Anyway – I managed to get a pin sharp image of a window on the back of my house focussed onto my hand.
Excited, I scrambled for a better focusing screen and found a blind which is proving ideal. You can view the image from behind too (depending on how close the subject is to the lens) which is really special. Once I’d got this initial image I grabbed my dad, and asked him to step infront of the lens..forward a bit, back a bit.. perfect!
The lens handled the details really well, and gave everything a very shallow depth of field that looked to me quite painterly… not bad for Dad! As it is only in m garden I’m yet to see how it looks with landscapes, and really eager to get it out and set up somewhere a bit more rural..
I couldn’t post without saying a HUGE Thank You to each and every pledger who helped us reach our crowdfunding target. Also a big thank you to Mike who helped me with his great lens knowledge, recommending the perfect piece of glass for my contraption, and Iona who patiently helped with getting each and every seam more light tight, using a combination of gaffa tape, electrical tape and hurried trips to the hardware shop.
Below is some more pictures from the build.