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Thread: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArtar

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    An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArtar

    Seems the soft focus craze has peaked and some of the lenses are getting a little more affordable. Good news for those of us who use and love them!

    I had a New2Me Pinkham Bi-Quality lens that I took north to Reno/Sparks over Christmas. Christmas eve found me in a bit of a different venue for playing with old lenses. I was at the Ferguson showroom in Sparks, where my daughter works, and decided the light and all the shiny surfaces would be fun to waste some film on.

    I did 14 shots over a 3 hour + or - period with 4 lenses. The oddball that I started with is an early Universal Anastigmat Wide Angle 14X17 lens. Someone long ago fiddled with the aperture so that it allows f7 or so which was never the design intent. It's wonderfully soft that way.

    I also had along a Bausch & Lomb 8X10 Tessar, a rather plebian lens but a surprisingly fine performer. It has the classic 1st generation uncoated anastigmat look. Stand down Heliar's.

    Thanks for allowing me to share a bit. Pics are here.

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Fe...ons122414.html
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    These are wondeful Jim!
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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Jim,

    Wonderful dreamy stuff and they have brought smiles into my face.

    I have a new-to-me Bi-Quality lens as well. Couldn't resist the temptation of its low price. Its rear element is too long for my shutter box and I have to wait for a adapter box.

    Thanks for sharing them!

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostcount View Post
    These are wondeful Jim!
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    Jim,

    Wonderful dreamy stuff and they have brought smiles into my face.

    I have a new-to-me Bi-Quality lens as well. Couldn't resist the temptation of its low price. Its rear element is too long for my shutter box and I have to wait for a adapter box.

    Thanks for sharing them!
    Thanks both! Yeah, I had to cobble a spacer together so the lens will hang out front of the Packard. It ain't pretty. In fact if some druggie breaks into the car, it's so ugly that's the lens he'd leave behind ;~'))
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Thanks Jim!

    A great way to study!

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Beautiful pictures, Mr. Galli
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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Beautiful and interesting! A curious but perfect mix of lenses, and a thoughtful, knowledgable eye...
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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    That 8x10 B&L Tessar does seem to be a keeper. I'm not just saying that because I picked one up just before Christmas and have yet to try it, it has a beautiful look judging from your image.

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Your work makes we want to get out and shoot some LF this weekend. Thanks!

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    Re: An 8X10 Soft Focus Christmas. Pinkham Bi-Quality, BnL Tessar, 14X17 Softy, RDArt

    Nice Jim. I really like that B&L!

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