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Ronald J LaMarsh
30-Jun-1999, 16:13
Soft focus veritos seem to be going for a high price these days so I am thinking about using a soft focus poly type filter. Any out there have any experience wi th this as they come in about 5 different flavors. How effective are they? Thank s Ron L.

Sean Billy Bob Boy yates
1-Jul-1999, 01:01
I'm not sure it's fair to compare a Verito to a soft focus filter. The effects achieved have a rather different quality - same idea, but different feel.

Chad Jarvis
1-Jul-1999, 11:58
I have a variable soft focus velostigmat (made by Wollensak and very similar to the veritos). The cool thing about a soft focus lens, as opposed to a filter, is that separation between the front pair of elements causes highlights to be VERY diffused. If you're into the look of turn-of-the-century pictorialist landscapes (or portraits), then a true soft-focus lens is for you.

2-Jul-1999, 04:42
Hi Ron, i found a nice coated wollensak soft focus for $86 in a working shutter, and it works fine (although i don't think i know how to use it for its best effect as yet). another trick a guy told me about was to take a UV filter or clear filter, and buy a can of clear spray lacquer in the hobby store. Then take a shirt pin, and dab the head of the pin in a pool of lacquer sprayed in the cap. Put the lacquer on the filter and turn the filter upside down so that the dab of lacquer dries in a bubble. Space these little dabs randomly with about an eight of an inch between them. Now use it. If you like the results you might think about trying a Zeiss softar which you will find is semi-expensive.