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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Lucky enough to have a Plastigmat Portrait 75mm f4.5 with a cobbled Nikon mount. Don't use it often enough.

    I'm a big fan of Bruce Hemingway's work. He has a Pinkham 75mm. Probably the only one on earth.
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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Here's another with the lens, a little larger so you can see it.


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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Lucky enough to have a Plastigmat Portrait 75mm f4.5 with a cobbled Nikon mount. Don't use it often enough.

    I'm a big fan of Bruce Hemingway's work. He has a Pinkham 75mm. Probably the only one on earth.
    Is it a B&L and is it soft? Wow, I forgot about his 75mm Pinkham, fantastically small. I see he's using it on the APS-C size sensor, I've got an adapter being shipped to try this Plasmat on my Fuji XE-1 too.

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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    don't know whether these counts?

    Small Lancaster landscape uncorced on my Rolleiflex SL66...

    City of Prague..
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails lancaster-prag-01.jpg   lancaster-prag-02.jpg   lancaster-prag-03.jpg  

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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Wonderful! They're soft, it's small format, works for me!

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    Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    If there is a need for a small format soft lens then I could probably design it.

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    blue, orange, and green of summer

    Yes, the Plastigmat is B&L and yes it's soft. The above was done with Nikon D200, my digi workhorse.
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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nodda Duma View Post
    If there is a need for a small format soft lens then I could probably design it.
    What would be fun would be to take a common Nikkor, like the 50mm f1.8 and study the current design to see if you could take one of the elements and purposely introduce some aberration. They'd sell like hot cakes.
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    Nice shot, I like color with soft focus. I keep wanting to try my struss with some Fuji transparency film, but I'm afraid I'll blow the exposure with a barrel lens! I think "hot cakes" is too strong a metaphor. I'd say they'd sell like anchovy ice cream.

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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

    Garret; you could use a ND filter to get to a comfortable manual shutter speed.

    My m39 Helios 44 (58mm f2) is a bit softish wide open. It doesn't focus past 5' on my nikon either since it was made for a different flange distance.

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