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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:50 am    Post subject: Anyone know this lens? Reply with quote

I just got it from a friend who dirves new cars to Kazhastan:


I think it was used in making soviet adult films with 16 mm film cameras. The only text I found there was: День смеха. Anyone have some information about this?


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!! It certainly looks like something that would be used in an adult film Embarassed

Babelfish tells me that 'День смеха' translates as 'Day of the laughter' - which may suggest that it was used for the provision of adult-related video-based entertainment Shocked

Seriously though, I have no clue what it is - but it's very impressive looking.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've actually found one of KGB's most secret tools: a crystal ball with a photo attachment. Way back in the 50's and 60's, the KGB experimented with parapsychological techniques. With this apparatus, and with the aid of a trained clairvoyant, it was possible to look into the future and take pics of it.

The project was soon discarded as it showed a future without KGB and without Communism.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi , the upper part looks like an enlarger condenser ! Strange hybrid ... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's definitely a hint in the 'День смеха' and its translation - not to mention today's date Wink


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a hybrid with a uber huge fisheye fix into a small Helios 58mm lens ! LOL


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um, what date is it today? Laughing

Fantastic creation kansalliskala. Gave me a chuckle. I thought it may be a Helios 44 variant.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to recognize the elusive April Fish lens (also called Poisson d'avril in French), a fisheye telephoto with macro capability. The particular geometry of this lens made it possible to shoot the motion picture Show me Your Glorious Samovar, a cult movie filmed in 16mm on location in Kazakhstan.

Thanks to kansalliskala for posting a picture of this rare lens.

Cheers!

Abbazz


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotmatic wrote:
You've actually found one of KGB's most secret tools: a crystal ball with a photo attachment. Way back in the 50's and 60's, the KGB experimented with parapsychological techniques. With this apparatus, and with the aid of a trained clairvoyant, it was possible to look into the future and take pics of it.

The project was soon discarded as it showed a future without KGB and without Communism.

I think the main reason it was dropped was that it was able to peer into the Chairman's bedroom and provided much hilarity of the wrong sort.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats! must be a super fish eye, and @ F2 it's quite fast


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

poilu wrote:
congrats! must be a super fish eye


Laughing
very appropriate Wink


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this what they call "lens porn"? Very Happy


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know!!!

I saw this before.

Not a lens. It's a pokemon!! Laughing


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sh.. I was fooled.
Exactly one year before, I was offered a prototype of this lens for $ 4,567 and managed to get it for $ 4,321 ( a real bargain).
They told me it was the only prototype existing.
Now you have got the same.
I can offer it to you for half the price I paid.
Then you have got two prototypes.
... and it is true, it works fine for adult-related video-based entertainment.

Cool Exclamation


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put it in the sun with the thorium tak underneath and the yellow will be gone in no time , or sell it on the bay as a deadly lens fungus killer! Very Happy


PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abbazz wrote:
The particular geometry of this lens made it possible to shoot the motion picture Show me Your Glorious Samovar


Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy I just fell of my chair laughing Laughing


PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No-one recognized the middle part of the "lens". You are all so digital .. Cool


PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recognised a developing tank, but didn't want to spoil the fun Laughing


PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, a developing tank. I had no clue what it was even though I own one.

Was I right with the Helios guess?


PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

martinsmith99 wrote:
Ah, a developing tank. I had no clue what it was even though I own one.

Was I right with the Helios guess?


The Helios has to be right. Probably specifically the Helios-44M.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it was parts of 44M, processing tank and enlarger diffusor. Next year I'll make a Zenit 122K Digital but no-one remembers it the anymore then ..


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty late here, but I nevertheless had a good laugh. Thanks!


PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminds me of this:

http://www.nadir.it/pandora/ZEISS.htm


PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made my day . Very Happy . Maybe I'll start feeding my lenses the blue pill. Seriously, an intriguing find. Congrats.
cheers,
gil