My friend Allan has a family business that is a storage unit building. As we all know, when those spaces aren't kept up and the tenant doesn't pay the rent, the goods become the property of the unit. They tend to sell the items off to cover past costs, etc... That's what he was doing with the various items found inside.
A particularly interesting group of items found in the unit were a bunch of old lens filters by Toshiba and Kenko and I am super excited about it.
Here's why (super photo nerd post ahead):
1. These filters are made for threaded lenses - meaning these can screw onto the lens. Fortunately, I have 3 old-school Minolta lenses that fit my Sony body that these filters will fit onto.
2. These provide a lot of effects that photographers worked with in the pre-photoshop days.
3. This lens:
Pretty groovy, eh?
There is more experimenting to be done but I am quite excited about it. I think I drove everyone crazy by saying the word "Kaleidescope" over and over.
Oh yeah - I got a kaleidescope lens.
This is from Kenko and creates this groovy effect when screwed onto the lens.
I haven't had a lot of time to play with it but, fortunately, my friend Anthony was setting up to play a quick set with some pals and I had it with me. Here's a quick example of what this lens filter does:
There are some green, yellow and UV filters in the stack as well as an old school "softening" one that makes me think of the old school Glamour shots. Another one I'm really excited about is the one called the "close up" filter. It's very convex which makes me think "fish eye". I have a feeling I'll make some interesting shots with it.
Check it out by clicking HERE
Make it a good one - be safe, be smart and be good to each other.