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Canon EF to Nokia N8 Adapter

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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2012

Further Information: http://theycallthislife.net/n8

Canon EF to Nokia N8 lens adapter.

I'd like to explain the more finite details about the N8/EF adapter that I completely ignored in the video, the first thing being how I conceived this in the first place. Simply, my 2" nosepiece adapter will not fit on the Takahashi, but a wide mount Canon EF t ring will - so an EF lens adapter was the path of least resistance to make that setup work.

That said the adapter is constructed of 9 pieces of corrugated cardboard spray glued together measuring 7.25"x4.1"in. Each piece is roughly 4mm deep. Total depth assembled is ~37mm, but the flange distance of the Canon EF lens mount is 44mm, so what gives?

Originally, there were more pieces of cardboard involved to make the total depth closer to 42/43mm, however, when configured this way the N8 would not reach infinity focus. This is because I did not account for the distance from the back of the unit to the bottom of the motherboard where the CMOS of the N8 is located. I removed a piece of cardboard and shoved the EF "baynoet" (ie, hacked rear lens cap) deeper into the unit which worked, albeit with the caveat of now allowing the lens to focus past infinity - which is annoying if you're not careful. Remember, this is an improvised first attempt.

Another thing to consider regardless of how "beta" this is is that there is no real "control" of the lens since the mount is by name "electro-focus." Obviously focus is manual only (some older EF lenses will not focus at all if not connected to a camera body), and lens aperture is stuck wide open, so images are a little soft. How do you remedy this? Well, I figure you could hack up an old EOS body and use the parts to at least control the aperture. Autofocus is pretty much not going to happen unless someone out there knows how to hook up an EF lens to the N8, and write the software to match. On the flip side, I could probably adapt this to Nikon F mount and at least get a manual aperture control, but that would be too easy...

Finally, I should talk about how the ability to shoot super color shifted videos makes the N8 more "indie", but we'll save that for another time ....

Also, check out the comments on the post about this on My Nokia Blog - I've been answering questions over there.

Also: http://youtu.be/yo3Wkk0Mq3U

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