Tailor made solutions for your Aero lens.
The JoLo Lens Hood.
NEW with Build in Filter Holder for regular 77 mm filter
providing unique capabilities for your Aero lens.
Helps to reduce stray light which can cause flare in less-than ideal lighting conditions.
Slip on lens hood for easy and fast mounting.
A lens "hood" is usually round, rectangular or tulip shape and protrudes from the lens. Some may require a special mounting and are generally available exclusively from the lens or camera manufacturer. However, as the Aero lens was originally designed for air-reconnaissance with the camera mounted in the bottom of the airplane with the lens pointed to the earth, no lens hood was necessary. However for its new artistic task, the Aero lens needs some device to keep the unwanted light from the lens surface. You may know that there exist some options to tackle such a problem.
1) A shade can be anything that shades or "flags" light from entering the lens. Shades can be found on matte boxes or fitted from improvised materials such as construction paper, aluminum foil, cardboard or you might even use your hand to create some shade above the lens.
2) A compendium is a bellows with a metal lens holder that can be placed and attached on the lens and pulled out up to a certain length. A filter holder for 4x4 inch gelatin filters would complete the compendium.
3) A matte box is a camera accessory that essentially does the same thing as a lens hood and is also mount in front of the lens, but usually includes adjustable fins called French flags. These can be moved and adjusted to reduce unwanted lens flare caused by lights or the sun. An advantage of the matte box is that original lens filters can be used.
4) The most effective and easier way however is using a tailor made lens hood such as the JoLo 70 mm especially designed and made for use with the 7 inch Aero Lens.
This JoLo 70 mm lens hood prevents lens flare that means stray light from falling on the huge Aero lens surface. Together with the right filter mounted it will produce the striking effect and greatly increase the contrast to provide unique capabilities.
The demand of professional photographers
resulted in the design and manufacturing
of the new JoLo lens hood with integrated filter holder.
First prototype and finally the finished product.
Years ago I discontinued the making of a 7 inch
Kodak Aero lens hood. There were two reasons to stop the production. First of
all it was far from easy to find a manufacturer to produce these items in small
quantities and secondly the lens hood needed a special device to serve as a
filter holder. Both items were too expensive and not easy in use.
Working without a lens hood and filter the Aero lens shows its shortcoming in
bright daylight. Wide open diaphragm and modern fast film prevents the use of
this fast lens.
The only solution for this problem is a lens hood with integrated filter holder for regular 77 mm filters which are world wide available in every photo shop on the web. These filters are able to balance the exposure exactly the way the professional photographer wants it. Luckily I found a manufacturer who shared my passion for photography and together we developed the new JoLo lens hood with integrated filter holder.
Due to the fact that
the number of Aero lenses which are currently in circulation is unknown, the
production of the JoLo lens boards and lens hoods is limited.
No question that I'm proud to be able to continue this work and being in the position to offer a new batch of lens boards and lens hoods.
Unfortunately no guarantee can be given that these products will be available in long-term. Make sure you get one or both of these unique products by using my order form.
Order Form JoLo Lens Boards and Lens Hoods
Using regular 77 mm
filters with the JoLo lens hood
As mentioned before, the advantage of the matte box or compendium is the use of original lens filters. However, original Aero lens filters has become very rare and if available they only fit to the front of the flat Kodak 7" Aero lens shade, without any additional feature to reduce unwanted light. To solve this problem I designed the JoLo lens Hood with integrated filter holder.
In certain circumstances filters are really indispensable.
Here an example with and without a polarization filter.
By eliminating reflections, the polarizing filter will tend to make water and other reflective surfaces more transparent.
Left photo taken with the 7 inch Aero lens without polarization filter.
Right photo equipped with the polarization filter mounted into the JoLo lens hood.
Ilford FP4 f=2,5 - 1/50 sec.
How it works
"Drop in" easy mounting.
Originally the Aero lens was produced with two different lens
On the left photo the Aero lens surrounding bezel with notches and on the right photo a bezel with screws.
Both types are compatible to attach the JoLo 70 mm Lens Hood.
Release of the new JoLo Lens Hood.
This new indispensable JoLo Professional Lens hood.
Filters can be placed on front or backside of the holder.
Made out of light 4 mm aluminium fits perfectly to the Kodak 7 inch Aero lens.
Including knurled nut attachment and hex fixing screw.
The integrated filter holder is part of the lens hood which has been manufactured out of one piece of aluminium.
Please ask for more details, or order now by using the order form.
The lens hood slips easily over the original Aero lens mount and drops exactly on its place. The lens hood can be fixed to the Aero mount with the Allen hex screw. Please make sure the Allen screw or Hex screw does not protrude on the in side when slipping the hood over the Kodak shade. Once the shade has found its place on the Kodak shade, you may turn the Allen screw tight to fix the hood to the lens. It only takes a few seconds to mount the lens hood, ready to protect your exposures for stray light.
Integrated Filter holder
when using a very slow film you
won't be successful with the Aero lens wide open in bright daylight.
If you don't shoot wide open, you will miss the special effects which makes this lens so spectacular and exclusive.
Luckily there are special ND filters reducing the light in such a way that you'll be able to shoot the way you want it: with the lens wide open!
To mount these indispensable filters, this special JoLo Lens Hood has been developed. You won't find a better and more effective solution.
The JoLo 77 mm
filter holder is integrated in the JoLo lens hood right in front of the Aero
lens and the 77 mm filter can be easy mounted on the front as well as on the back side
of the lens hood.
The 77 mm mount accepts all available 77 mm filters including circular polarization filters.
Decreasing the depth of field by
allowing wider apertures to be used, in turn helping to separate subjects from
Reducing the effective ISO of high-speed film (above ISO 400) and the ND Filter allow it to be used outdoors in bright situations.
Both of the above mentioned situations require the help of a ND filter.
Experiences of Denis Fraser with the ND Filter.
A Speed Aero user in the heath of Sierra Leone... ....I held back on the shooting until I was happy with the right camera and lens combination. I decided that Aero/Graphic would be well suited to the task. I eventually acquired a decent lens and camera. Thankfully I came across your site and the excellent mount you have designed! The speed graphic is still fairly portable even with the large lens fitted. An essential feature of your system [in my opinion] is filter mount, with such a fast lens particularly in bright equatorial sunlight its really useful to be able to fit a ND filter.
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