Canon 5D Mark II mashup: K-24 aerial recon lens

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We’ve featured the handywork of Jason Bognacki before when he combined his Canon 5D Mark II with a 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel camera. Since then he’s done another Canon mashup; this time it’s a Canon 5D Mark II with a 7-inch f/2.5 Kodak Aero-Ektar lens attached to it removed from a K-24 aerial recon camera. These lenses were built by Kodak for aerial reconnaissance photography and most were made during World War II. There is even some dispute that these lenses are radioactive as they contain Thorium. Holy smokes.

The lens is heavy, and Bognacki states that he found it near impossible to focus, but has again proved that old technology combined with new can reveal gorgeous results.

What an amazing thing to not only preserve these fascinating relics of camera history, but to also prove their worth in photography today.

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