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Zeiss Ikon Cocarette (Contessa-Nettel 1926) Hacked for Canon DSLR

Well.. I’ve had this Zeiss Ikon Cocarette (Contessa-Nettel 1926) folding camera for months. I took it to the darkroom 1 or 2 times, then I figured out that I can hack it to my Canon and use it as a Lens.. WOW! Results blow my mind.

I don’t need to go to the darkroom anymore! I’ve extended the life of this folding camera to the digital world ;d

It feels just great when you change a historic piece into something new.. IT IS ALIVE!!


f/6.3 – ISO 320 – 0.8 seconds

f/6.3 – ISO 160 – 1/200

f/6.3 – ISO 160 – 1/400

f/6.3 – ISO 160 – 3.2 seconds (Cropped, Trying to shoot the steam at long exposure!)

Insanely sharp! Great details.

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Argus 50mm f3.5 Hacked for Canon EOS

I got inspired and motivated by other Photographers who hacked their old lenses to work with the new DSLR cameras! I had three old vintage cameras:

This is the lens: (It is so clean, the aperture/focus moves smoothly.. So neat)

This is how I created the Adapter to hack the lens into the DSLR camera:

Argus 50mm f3.5 mounted to Canon 450D:

I mounted the lens to my Canon 60D and started shooting! It was really hard to adjust the aperture and the focus, since I need to adjust them manually. But the results! Man, you gotta love them! SO NEAT:

– Using f3.5, ISO 400, Shutter speed 1/20:


After Zooming:


– Using f8+, ISO 400, Shutter speed 5″:

It was a great experience :-]

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An Old Camera as a Lens for Canon 5D Mark II!

When we talk about Creativity, we talk about something unique, something brilliant, something that blows your mind!

A Photographer Jason Bognacki who attached Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (1919) folding camera to his 5D Mark II. The idea is BRILLIANT, and the results were MAGNIFICENT!


For more results + info, visit his blog post.