How To Modify A Cheap Russian Lens To Capture Dreamy Portraits

Check out this tutorial on modifying an inexpensive Russian lens so it can be used on MFT cameras to capture dreamy portraits with blurred edges.

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Legacy lenses seem to be growing in popularity and that's probably down to the price you can pick them up for plus when you do find the right lens, the results can be impressive. One such lens that fits under the 'legacy' title is the MIR-1B Russian lens that a creative chap over on YouTube has carried out a bit of DIY work on to create an optic that's perfect for capturing dream-like portraits on MFT cameras. 

Mathieu Stern's tutorial, which can be watched below, shows how you can create, what he's calling, a 'reverse Globular lens' with just a pair of scissors, a lens cloth and cleaning pen. Mathieu also shows the modified lens in action which is capable of capturing portraits where the subject's face is sharp but the edges have a nice dreamy blur to them.  



Do take the time to subscribe to Mathieu's channel as he does promise that more weird lens challenges will be posted and you may also want to check out a lens wacking tutorial posted on Pentax User as this is another inexpensive way you can bring a little creativity to your photography.


How To Modify A Cheap Russian Lens To Capture Dreamy Portraits :

© Mathieu Stern


How To Modify A Cheap Russian Lens To Capture Dreamy Portraits :

© Mathieu Stern

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