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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Meisburger View Post
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    I do not know if this fits in with the question, however, just yesterday I used a historic Scovill Albion field camera, 8.5x11 with a Rochester 5x7 film holder with its historic Rochester Victor lens to produce this image---it is my understanding that the Rochester Victor lens was not designed as a "portrait" lens, but rather a "quality normal lens".

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Favorite soft focus 5x7 portrait lens, the 9" Karl Struss Pictorial, of course! One by me, one by the man himself:






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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    My mistake and I offer my apologies -----The historic Scovill Albion camera, late 1880's, is 6.5 x 8.5 in size, not 8.5x11, all other info is correct. Raymond

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    And is not a soft focus lens.

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Another vote for Universal Heliar. I use a 36cm one for 5x7 head and shoulder shots and dial in #3 if for middle-aged ladies who don't like to wrinkles on their faces.

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    probably a 14" portrait veritar

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Favorite soft focus 5x7 portrait lens, the 9" Karl Struss Pictorial, of course! One by me, one by the man himself:






    Yours is better! What a nice signature.

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Thanks Tim, too kind. You take some great shots too.

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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    13" Cooke Series II Anastigmat. Mine's in a Betax shutter. Not very soft although it was considered a portrait lens in it's day (1900s & teens, I'm guessing.)
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    Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    +1 for 9 inch Karl Struss Pictorial, the 305 Kodak Portrait in Ilex5 shutter, the 405 Kodak Portrait. I'd love to try Universal Heliar.

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