A lens "hood" is usually round or rectangular and protrudes from the lens. Some may require a special mounting and are generally available only from the lens or camera manufacturer. As the Aero lens was originally designed for air-reconnaissance, there was no such a lens hood available. 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 or aluminum foil or you can use your hand.
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 completes the item.
A matte box is a camera accessory that essentially does the same thing as a lens hood and also mounts 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.
The most effective way however, is using a tailor made lens hood such as the JoLo 70 mm lens hood specially made for use with the 7 inch Aero Lens.
The JoLo 70 mm lens hood preventing lens flare that means
stray light from falling on the huge Aero lens surface, which greatly improves
The basic purpose is to block unwanted light from entering the lens which can cause lens flare and other anomalies. It is important to use a lens-hood designed for the widest focal length of the lens. A deep hood or one without sufficient diameter may cause vignetting.
The new indispensable 70 mm JoLo Pro Lens hood.
Made out of light 4 mm aluminum fits perfectly on the Kodak 7 inch Aero lens.
Price 69 Euro.
Including knurled nut attachment fixing screw.
Please ask for more details, or order now by using the order form.
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 only fit to the front of the flat Kodak 7" Aero lens shade. To solve the lack of using filters together with the tube shaped lens hood, I'm very proud to inform you that I have finished a design of a 77 mm filter holder which fits in between this lens hood and the lens, without the need of special tooling. The filter holder can not be used as a stand alone. It should be used together with the JoLo lens hood and the original Kodak shade or its replacement, the JoLo base mount shade.
Note: The JoLo Filter Holder cannot be used as a stand alone !
Changing filters will be a matter of seconds. This new 77 mm lens filter will also fit to the first generation of the JoLo lens hood without any special adjustments.
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 and the JoLo lens hood.
Ilford FP4 f=2,5 - 1/50 sec.
On the left photo an Aero lens mount with notches and on the right photo an Aero lens mount with screws.
This flat Aero lens hood is the base for the JoLo 70 mm Lens Hood which has a special mount to fit exactly to both types of the Aero lenses.
The lens hood slips easily over the original Aero lens mount and the filter holder (if mounted) and drops exactly on its place. The lens hood can be fixed to the Aero mount with the Allen 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, please turn the Allen screw tight to fix the hood to the lens.
It takes just two seconds to protect your future exposures against stray light.
Even with a very slow film you cannot shoot with the Aero lens wide open in bright daylight.
If you do not shoot wide open, you would miss the special effects which makes this lens so special and exclusive.
Luckily there are special ND filters reducing the light in such a way that you can shoot with the lens wide open!
To mount these filters, a special JoLo Filter Holder has been developed.
The JoLo 77 mm filter holder finds its place on top of the original Aero lens shade, but can not be used as a stand alone.
The JoLo lens hood has been designed to keep the filter holder right in front of the Aero lens.
The 77 mm mount accepts all available 77 mm filters including circular polarization filters and Neutral Density filters
for use in bright sunlight.
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
All these JoLo products like the JoLo Mark III lens Boards as well as the Lens Hood, Filter Holder and Lens Shade are no more available.
dressed by JoLo lens shade.
Undoubtedly there are a lot Aero users who miss the original Aero lens-shade which is the base for using the JoLo accessories such as the 70 MM pro lens hood and filter holder. Now there is a nice solution for that problem. From now on the copy of the original Aero lens shade is available. Self evident without the Aero lettering. Even if the thread of the Aero lens is damaged, the JoLo lens shade can be mounted with three hex screws. The Aero lens shade copy cost 87 euro plus shipping.
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