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It took 20 hours to chop this SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens in half and it is a factor of sheer magnificence

Some may take a look at these photographs from photographer and lens fanatic Hispan, and name him a monster, however I take a look at them and simply see the marvel and fantastic thing about engineering that’s the legendary SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens. It’s a basic amongst each photographers and filmmakers and allows you to produce some improbable imagery.

Luckily (or sadly, relying in your perspective), this specific SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 was now not usable for its meant goal. So, Hispan determined to chop it in half to see precisely the way it all goes collectively and present how the varied inner elements all slot collectively. Slicing one thing in half is comparatively straightforward, however slicing one thing with this many elements in half completely… Not a lot.

Hispan is fascinated with lenses, as you can see on his website, the place he has photographs of extra lenses and different gadgets in each full kinds and in varied levels of disassembly. Hispan advised DIYP that he started servicing classic lenses seven years in the past and he’s very curious in regards to the secrets and techniques they maintain and their totally different designs.

Whereas Hispan has disassembled fairly a couple of lenses in his time (and managed to place them again collectively once more), that is solely the second time he’s tried to chop a lens in half. The primary was a Canon 50mm f/1.8. These are lenses which are damaged indirectly that places them past restore. This manner, he will get to maintain having fun with them ceaselessly.

The element and precision with which the items are lower is extraordinarily spectacular. Protecting all these elements held collectively – particularly when the optics had been eliminated to take action – should not have been straightforward. It’s not like he simply cut it in half with a waterjet. Hispan advised DIYP that it took 20 hours in whole to carry out the surgical procedure and reassemble the lens in its present state. So, it’s not a challenge for the faint of coronary heart.

I hope he comes throughout extra previous lenses which are past restore that he can provide the identical remedy. If classic gear is your factor, there are a bunch extra wonderful pictures of cameras and lenses on his website here, together with some improbable exploded views (one among which being the Tremendous Takumar 50mm f/1.4). You also needs to take a look at Hispan’s Instagram and Facebook pages the place he shares extra of his photographs, together with what he shoots along with his cameras! It’s not all gear porn.

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