This has been a great week! The Boise State Broncos win the Fiesta Bowl in the game of the century and I just received a cool portrait lens!
As to this lens, I had never seen one for sale before, I had read about it in Jay Allen's Soft Focus book, I was surprised it slipped through Jim Galli's hands (maybe he was focusing on that elusive 11x14 Deardorff he's looking for), I was pleasedd to find out after it arrived that it was a 15.5 inch lens (Seller did not know its focus length), but now, my recent acquisition has arrived....it is a 15.5 inch Ilex Portrait f5.0 Lens(aperture scale goes from f5.0 - f64) in a working #5 Ilex shutter. Need to get it mounted on a lens board before I can try it out. I hope to jerry-rig something soon.
Query....does anyone here have any experience with an Ilex Portrait Lens? If yes, what are your impressions?
Once I get this "new" lens mounted, I plan to post some comparison shots with a 14.5 inch Verito, and a 15.5 inch Velostigmat which has a diffuser ring.