FREELENSING WITH FUJI X-PRO1 by PAULIUS MUSTEIKIS
Last Friday I picked up my non functional Olympus RC 35 that was hiding in the deep closet. I picked up this fine little 35mm rangefinder, gently took it apart and dismounted 42mm f/2.8 Olympus Zuiko lens. Afterwards I took the lens apart and took the shutter and aperture blades out. So in the end all I had left was a little peace of beautiful and non working vintage glass.
Size comparison: CF card next to 42mm f/2.8 Olympus Zuiko lens
Ready for the action: 42mm f/2.8 Olympus Zuiko lens and Fuji X-Pro1
So first of all I tried modified Olympus 42mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens on my work full frame DSLR. And it didn’t work. And I would assume it didn’t work because of large gap between handheld lens and the camera sensor. So then I picked up my Fuji X-Pro1. And that was it! I peaked through viewfinder and saw world turning into an awesome abyss of blur. And I was sold.
It was Mother’s Day weekend. My wife and I put together my killa crew of 4+ a dog, I grabbed my equipment and we headed out to wonder the Marquette neighborhood.
And that was first time freelensing with Fuji X-Pro1. Heck it was first time freelensing ever! I’ve never used this technique before and I am complete newbie in this type of photography. I’ve read about it and few other creative photography techniques in a few articles by Sam Hurd.
And even though I’ve never done it before, and even though I did not have any serious intentions trying it out, freelensing with Fuji X-Pro1 was very much an interesting experience and I am totally hooked!
I guess that unpredictability and uncertainty of the outcome is what fascinates me most.
Stay tuned for more freelensing with Fuji X-Pro1 adventures!