A thread on the Cinema5D forum – a website for those who use Canon 5D cameras in filmmaking – revealed a very interesting way to capture that vintage look while still getting the benefits of digital photography.
Photographer Timur Civan came across this idea while searching through a box of parts at a friend’s camera store. Inside the box was a Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat camera lens from 1908. He was fascinated by the lens, but even more so when his friend chipped in with “I can make this fit EF you know.”
A few hours later Civan has a lens from 1908 mounted on his Canon EOS 5D MK II and was out taking photos. The results are amazing, and look as if they were taken a hundred years ago. You can check out the thread and see more pictures at Cinema5D.