Film Friday: Photographer uses a rare converted French cinema lens on his Leica M3


One of the smartest elements of movie pictures is its wealthy historical past. Despite pictures actually solely being a century-old expertise, no less than for the plenty, there are such a lot of various lenses you may adapt to a big selection of analog cameras.

As reported by 35mmc, photographer Rajat Srivastava not too long ago found simply how various and distinctive the seek for an optic may very well be whereas trying to find a new for a portrait lens for his Leica M3. Srivastava needed a 75mm lens as a result of it might work as a 100mm lens on his Leica M8.2 digital rangefinder.

As it seems, Srivastava occurred upon a very uncommon lens on the market at The Latent Image in Shrewsbury, UK. The specialty movie pictures retailer was promoting a French SOM Berthiot 75mm cinema lens. The lens was converted to M mount from C mount, and Srivastava believes there can’t be many different lenses prefer it, maybe none.

SOM Berthiot, which is shorthand for Société d’Optique et de Mécanique Berthiot, made C and D mount movement image lenses. Its lenses have been designed for newbie, {and professional} use and the corporate gained an award for ‘Scientific or Technical Achievement’ from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1958. SOM Berthiot lenses are fairly rare and well-liked amongst collectors.

The lens that Srivastava bought was designed for the H-16 Bolex Cine cameras within the late Nineteen Fifties. The lens isn’t particularly giant, and its usability proved fairly good. Srivastava says that more often than not, he is used the lens at F2.5 or F2.8. ‘There is a lot of vignetting however this doesn’t hassle me,’ he writes. ‘The pictures have what I take into account to be a traditional look.’

Srivastava continues, ‘Needless to say, that is my favourite lens and I discover myself utilizing my different M- mount lens a lot much less regularly.’ To see a few extra pattern pictures, head over to 35mmc. You can view extra of Rajat Srivastava’s pictures on his web site and Instagram.


Image credit: Rajat Srivastava

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