TTV with a twist
2 Nov 2010
I have been waiting for my kodak duaflex II camera to arrive so that I can try the through the view finder technique. It arrived today and I tried to get my macro lens on my digital camera to focus through the view finder of the duaflex. No joy! I am not sure if I am supposed to have 7 foot arms but anything shorter and the lens wont focus.
Determined not to give up I decided to try to use an enlarger lens that I had bought from a car boot sale and put it over my 50mm lens. Something that I had tried before but wasn't sure how it would working looking through the duaflex.
It was trial and error and I had to make an extension to the camera top using a cereal packet cut up to block out the light. Even then I had to be careful not to have too much light around or the light would reflect off the top of the viewfinder spoiling the photograph. Getting the lens to focus was another trial. Auto focusing was the most accurate way, however, just a small breath and the subject would go out of focus, so I learnt to hold my breath as the shutter was pushed.
Holding the enlarger lens in front of the 50mm lens was not easy whilst trying to focus the camera and not breathe. However, these are my first attempts and I am thrilled with the results. I love the softness that you get with some of the photos, a kind of dreamy look.
I am definitely going to keep experimenting with this technique, and try to work out if I can do the TTV the traditional way too.