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    Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    What can you tell me about the Fujinon 250mm soft focus lens?
    Does anyone know of any example photos?

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    Here is a link to an image made with a 180 Fujinon SFS lens, at close distance on 4x5 film. (No disk).

    These lenses have very nice blur rendition. Shhh, don't tell anyone about these lenses.

    That image was made with the lens stopped down just a bit: f/9 perhaps. When stopped down more, they are quite sharp.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 18-Sep-2012 at 16:22.

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    I would think that they are pretty much the same as a Rodenstock Imagon except the Imagon is 250mm. They both use "strainers" to achieve the soft focus effect.

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    250 Fujinon SF, Yellow disk, wide open I seem to recall.

    Either Bergger 200 or FP4+... don't remember at the moment.

    Scan of the contact proof... I know that for sure.

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    I would think that they are pretty much the same as a Rodenstock Imagon except the Imagon is 250mm. They both use "strainers" to achieve the soft focus effect.
    You maybe right, but they are different designs. The Rodenstock has 2 elements, while the Fujinon has 3.

    You can view the Rodenstock brochure here.

    You can view the Fujinon brochure here.

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    I would think that they are pretty much the same as a Rodenstock Imagon except the Imagon is 250mm. They both use "strainers" to achieve the soft focus effect.
    They're really not even in the same ball park as far as a true diffused focus type lens. The Imagon is a achromatic meniscus with iris in front and is a SCREAMING diffused focus lens with no disks i place. In fact most of us use the Imagon w/out the disk in place. While the Fujinon 250 f5.6 SF is a semi sharp triplet with no strainers in place and really just looks soft as in not critically sharp but not glowing or showing sharp image with overlapping glow but when used w/out strainer it's best stopped down a bit and used as a sharpish triplet. You almost have to have the disk in place on the Fuji to get the glow. With the Imagon and using a comparable disk in place has far more glow then the Fujinon SF w/ approximately same size disk.

    There ya go, Ken beat me to it.

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    Thanks guys! I learned something.

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    250mm on 4x5


    Elona by Sergei Rodionov, on Flickr


    Field of dreams by Sergei Rodionov, on Flickr

    I dont think i used disk on either one

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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    They're really not even in the same ball park as far as a true diffused focus type lens.
    They achieve softness (aberrations) using slightly other means. In the end of the day "glowing" is merely question of using proper lighting for them. Some like it. Some hate it. Same goes for any kind of soft/nonsoft lens. IMHO, of course..

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