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    <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Meniscus!



    You know the drill by now.
    Here's a link that illustrates what an Achromatic Meniscus will look like at different apertures, same subject.

    Some AM's are; the Venerable Kodak Portrait lens, The Spencer Portland I used, Gundlach Achromatic Meniscus, and a host of others. None are common except perhaps the Kodak.

    They have a fine look both sharp and soft. Tell me what you think, and list your favorite AM's that I didn't mention.

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Ac..._Meniscus.html
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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    Great shots as ever Jim. Wonderful to see how one lens can have so much 'glow' and then a few stops away be brutally sharp

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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    Thanks Ash. Just remembered another AM that may still be on the shelf new in some sizes, the Rodenstock Imagon. It uses "sink strainer" apertures with different sized multiple holes to modify the "glow" as it stops down.
    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> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    Hi Jim

    I'll add my Little ARS made by F. Koristka Milano 6\38" 168mm and F4.2, they came in little/medium/Large Ars and each series of focal lenghts share a barrel. So no aperture scale only a previous owners pencil marks, ten of them tightly grouped say a millimeter apart. They put me right on the sweet spot well for my taste anyway not to fuzzy, somewhere between your F5.6 and F8 examples. I enjoy AM's for subjects with mainly highlights and midtones.

    Some would say that only sentimental BS could come from a little ARS

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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    I have a very old and venerable "Landscape lens" from J. Lancaster & Sons. Wide open it's f:10, quite typical for its type. Focal length 5".

    I haven't tried it yet, but I hope to get around to my "massive classic shootout" sometime soon.

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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    Would just the back element of a Verito count?
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    Long live gear heads.

    P.S. That owl frightens me. He kind of looks like Saddam Hussein.

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    Re: <warning> Boring BS Soft Focus Pics </warning> Spencer Portland Achromatic Menisc

    What a great education, Jim! Your tutorials on vintage optics illustrate the effects of these esoteric lenses better than any book I've read. Thanks!
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