I went out with friends to Heidelberg Bahnstadt a new quarter of Heidelberg from drawing board to reality within a few years. The following images are not from Bahnstadt but from the neighborhood. There will be a few images of that new quarter later.
Now we wanted to go out with some toy cameras like Holga and Diana and pinhole cameras – although I have to say that I do not count a pinhole camera as a toy camera. We met in the afternoon and I already felt in the morning that I will be too lazy to develop the films from the Holga. So I decided to build a digital toy camera. I still had this front element of an old zoom lens which I disassembled a few years ago. I used the front element as a magnifier since then. Not a good one but decent for my use. I thought … this would also make a kind of a toy lens for some time already and also had ordered a Leica-Fuji X adapter for this. What was still missing was a bellows to put between lens element and adapter. So this morning I thought: Why not use some cardboard to build the lens?
I removed the locking switch from the adapter. Then I made the adapter the base of a cylinder made out of cardboard and tape. The same with the lens so that the cylinder of the adapter fitted right into the cylinder of the lens. Done.
You focus by moving the lens cylinder back and forth. I did not add any kind of aperture so the lens was always fully open. That made it to an 65mm f1.4ish lens with lots of imperfections. See yourself. Issue that afternoons was that the exposure times went too short. Thanks to the electronic shutter of the X-Pro2 that was not a real issue. But I will add some way to stop the lens down. Just to have better control on the exposure time and to have better depth of field.