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    <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    I've just completed a new page at my web site with pictures done with 5 historic Portrait lenses. Bokeh + ! I've compared the Kodak 405 Portrait, Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat Portrait, Gundlach Hyperion, Voigtlander Heliar, and a no-name B&L Balopticon projector lens.

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/40...kendsWork.html

    If you're interested in fuzzy pictures, go have a look. Photospeak at the end about each of the lenses used.

    If you don't like fuzzy pictures, or me, ignore this thread.

    If you see something you like, or don't, I'd love the feedback.

    I'll double post this for my friends over at APUG too.
    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: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    Thanks Jim, as always very informative. Is that the same green Ford that was in the driveway when I saw you? So it actually runs?

    Baja would make an interesting trip. Very interesting !!

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    Re: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    Guess that's what happens when you store your Viagra in the same place you keep your boots...

    That Hyperion looks pretty nice!

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    Re: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    As usual, a "typically fun Galli weekend." Very creative.

    Two thoughts/comments:
    1. The highlight halos in the first two pictures are interesting, but the third picture doesn't have any (but also using the B&L at f8), maybe because the highlights are not very bright (flare maybe, within the elements?)
    2. Did you use any swing with the heliar that you were aware of?

    Ok, three things. Everyone knows that Ford gas tanks have to come out the top. (Or at least we know now. Thanks!).

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    Re: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Metcalf View Post
    As usual, a "typically fun Galli weekend." Very creative.

    Two thoughts/comments:
    1. The highlight halos in the first two pictures are interesting, but the third picture doesn't have any (but also using the B&L at f8), maybe because the highlights are not very bright (flare maybe, within the elements?)
    2. Did you use any swing with the heliar that you were aware of?

    Ok, three things. Everyone knows that Ford gas tanks have to come out the top. (Or at least we know now. Thanks!).

    Paul, the first 2 were done on Fri. eve. with a hot light. The next one was done in mostly open shade the next day. Plus I've backed out some so depth was slightly greater. Yes, i used some rear swing with the Heliar. Is it noticeable?

    Will, you're a demented soul.

    Steve, the Ford runs....when it wants to.
    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: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    Jim,
    Very nice images, but I would not expect less from you! Hoping to get some more experience with the Meyer around Memorial weekend on the Oregon coast.

    Cheers,
    Geary

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    Jim-
    Swing is not noticeable until one trys to guess at the film plane, and it only seems to make sense if a swing is used. Pictures are great.

    A little oil and some boot trees and those boots are ready for another 1000 miles.

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    Re: <warning> Fuzzy Picture Post </warning>

    Lovely images, Jim. The rice grass was a wonderful choice; it shows a lovely glow with those old lenses. And the blogs with all the info are much appreciated... I sometimes feel like I'm watching the start of a bit of a renaissance movement in photography, seeing the work you, Kerik, and others here are posting here with the soft focus optics. After all, if "masters" are judged by how much they influence those around them, you're right up there!

    Coincidentally, I bought an 18" Plastigmat Portrait lens a couple of months ago; hoping to give it a good workout this summer. How does one tell if it has the "modifier" on it? I noticed it has an aluminum hood on the front of the brass barrel, and the iris is surprisingly close to the front element.

    And btw, you should consider hosting a soft-focus/wide-open workshop/get-together someday!
    Last edited by Mark Sawyer; 1-May-2007 at 23:30.

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    Nice study for sure! I'm becoming more and more attracted to the character of these oldies - I might have to expand my quiver. WFW, the boots look plenty stiff without pharmaceutical intervention.

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    Custom number plate eh?

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