I'm just getting my 10x8" together, and one of my next purchases will be a lens that I can use for portraiture. I would like to aim for Hollywood/Hurrell-style (I've got a tungsten spot, fresnel, and a book on retouching!). I've been usin g a new Rodenstock 210S with my 5x4", but find that I have to get quite close to my subject for head & shoulder shots. Should I be looking for something a bit longer than this (in relative terms) for 10x8". The equivalent would be 420mm - should I go for 480mm or something else?
I will be platinum (contact) printing, and I suppose there is no need to buy a n ew lens. I've been trying to find out about some of the older lenses; Cookes, K odak, Goerz, etc. Any thoughts on these? Also, can you recommend any clued-up dealers, preferably in the UK.
Also, what is a Kodak Portraiture lens - is it a soft-focus lens similar to a Ro denstock Imagon?
Finally, on a different note, is Kodak Tri-X in 10x8" readily available in the U SA? I live in the UK, and have been waiting about two months for it. Kodak don 't import it, and I'm going through a dealer who's ordered it from someone else, who is importing it from the USA. I obviously can't wait this long whenever I need more film. Any suggestions for dealers who would send to the UK would be m uch appreciated.