More old lenses on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – an Argus 50mm f3.5 Cintar Hacked

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Every now and then, we get to see someone modify an old lens for use on a modern camera (remember the 102 year old lens with amazing photos?), and today we have Chris Gampat from the Phoblographer who's added an Argus 50mm f3.5 Cintar to his Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) with some interesting results. I remember my parents had an Argus and this is possibly the lens they had on that camera – now why didn't I think to keep that?

A bit from Chris' post

One of the keys to developing your own photographic style is getting a look that nobody else has. Since cutting down my photography kit to three primes, I’ve thought about what else I could add to get a different look while mixing in my own knowledge of photography to the pot. Then one day, while looking at an old camera on my desk, I decided to hack the lens off of an old Argus C3. After hours of internet research, I found that nobody has created an adapter for the lens to Canon EOS mount. So I took it to a machinist and had the lens custom adapted to my 5D Mk II.

The Lens

The Argus C3 is arguably, the camera that made the 35mm film format what it is. Affectionately called, “The Brick” it was a camera that was shaped quite like a brick and weighed almost as much despite being a rangefinder camera. The lens that came standard with it was a 50mm f3.5 Cintar. It was said to be extremely sharp…for the era! Indeed, this lens was created before the days of coatings and by modern standards, isn’t amazingly sharp or can resolve the amount of details that most modern lenses can.

The lens video

Some samples

Chris posted about 20 images on the post Review: Argus 50mm f3.5 Cintar Hacked for Canon EOS at The Phoblographer – but here are a couple:

The bokeh from this lens wide open is still quite delicious with an old school look and feel to it.

Copyright Chris Gampat @thephoblographer

Read more!

Chris has much more on this lens over on his blog: Review: Argus 50mm f3.5 Cintar Hacked for Canon EOS at The Phoblographer

(cover photo credit: snap from the thephoblographer www.thephoblographer.com/)


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