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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Quote Originally Posted by Amedeus View Post
    Very nice ... thanks for sharing ...
    Thank you. this was my first picture post and it is nice to get a notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Meisburger View Post
    Very nice Bill. Is this a lens that was commonly used in Hollywood? For some reason to me it evokes a distinctly Hollywood glow.

    I had some fun recently doing a shoot-off between my new Chinese pictorial lens and my Universal Heliar. The Heliar won, of course (its my favorite lens), but it surprising what you can do on the outer fringes of soft-focus with a stopped down $2.00 magnifying glass.
    I don't know about Hollywood, but I will take the compliment.
    Oddly enough my Grandfather's brother had his photo done with a Universal Heliar.

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    My Grandfather had a family of 8 siblings and not unexpectedly the men all went off to war as they came of age after 1914 (or almost of age).
    One was sent to Egypt and participated (with a much more famous mate) in the Arab Uprising. He was lucky to have a portrait done with a Universal Heliar while visiting Luxor by Attaya Gaddis, who experimented with both hard and soft settings.Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    I have a Fujinon-W 180mm lens that is giving me some unexpected soft focus effects - here is a shot taken at f/8. Any ideas what happened to this lens?

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    If your front and rear standards were parallel and perpendicular to the earth, and extreme fall was not used, this should not happen. Check these settings.

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

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ID:	116087Great great grandfather was a twin. Both were born in Quebec. he was a fur trapper, later fur trader. Retiring with his wealth from furs he moved to New York.
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    His brother was a Mountie and later emigrated to Australia
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Quote Originally Posted by Professional View Post
    ...so please if you can list those soft focus lenses rather than the one you mentioned above it may help me, as i have no idea much about those soft focus lenses and i thought it is just an effect you do with any lens.
    If you can track down a copy of Charles Abel's "Professional Portrait Lightings" from the 1940s, you will be able to compare many of the coveted soft-focus lenses. The book is a compilation of portraits made by many different photographers of the era and each photograph is accompanied by information about the equipment used including lenses. There are pictures made with Veritos, Heliars, Cookes, Vitaxes, etc. The book is a great visual reference to soft-focus and portrait lenses (and the price may reflect that fact).

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Bill, this is great, keep them coming...

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    Thanks, its always encouraging to know someone is looking,

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    I mentioned my great great grand uncle went to Australia, leaving the Mounties and joining the Western Australia Police Force. Later he started a Cattle station and his descendants are still there.
    Here is his grandsonClick image for larger version. 

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