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    soft focus lenses

    Is there such a thing as soft focus enlarging lenses. Could I create a sharp negative then in the darkroom add the soft focus qualities to it?

    thanks,
    dave

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    You can use the same techniques as you do on the taking lens. The flares you'd get in the hightlights now flare the deep shadows. It's quite interesting and unique.
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    Re: soft focus lenses

    huh, sounds cool. I'll
    soften up a poor enlarging lens with Vaseline and give this a try.
    thanks mark -

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by armentor1@mac.com View Post
    Is there such a thing as soft focus enlarging lenses. Could I create a sharp negative then in the darkroom add the soft focus qualities to it?

    thanks,
    dave
    yes, they used the Verito for enlarging. they even made special water house stops with a funny cut out. not the usual round hole.
    My YouTube Channel has many interesting videos on Soft Focus Lenses and Wood Cameras. Check it out.

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Voigtländer made the WZ objective just for this pupose.
    WZ stands for Weichzeichner. Softness was adjusted using the iris.
    Only one size 18cm.
    Unfortunately this is very pricey item these days as it has been used as a taking lens.
    It is a double symmetrical meniscus, unless I have misunderstood Voigtländer's cross sectional diagram. Sold between 1926 and 1934. Negative size was about 4x5-

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Search ebay for Pictorial Control Variable Soft Focus Lens Attachment.

    An inexpensive way to experiment in the darkroom.

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by eddie View Post
    yes, they used the Verito for enlarging. they even made special water house stops with a funny cut out. not the usual round hole.
    I still have a set of Verito stops FS if anyone is interested. Here's the original ad: Verito enlarging stops

    And a pic:


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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Instead of Vaseline use KY Jelly (non scented/flavored). It's optically clear, water soluble for easy clean up, while the Vaseline cleans up with alcohol and isn't optically clear.
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    Re: soft focus lenses

    you can get these "pictorial control" thingies from ebay cheap:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Pictorial-Contro...#ht_891wt_1185

    Easy to use, and you have some control.... i have one, but only used it ones. If off-course is also usable in the end of a taking lens.

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    Re: soft focus lenses

    Kodak made a wonderful soft filter for enlarging. It is molded with several crossing lings in the glass. It also happens to fit perfectly into the red filter accessory gizmo for the Omega D series enlargers so you can use it to swing into and out of the light path at will.
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