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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    One of Granpa's brothers became a Anglican Minister in Montreal.
    Here he is preparing for a sermon taken with a 12 inch Dallmeyer Adon telephoto not really a soft focus lens at a calculated f stop of 3.1
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    but when the barrel is shortened to become a 15 inch lens of f4.5 the lens renders this image.
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Dallmeyer Serrac 24cm f4.5
    A little bit scratches on lens surface, finally got a soft effect.
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    Hermagis Eidoscope #5 (14"-ish) f5. Ilford FP4+, shot at f5, using a Galli shutter. Roughly 1/30th sec.

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ID:	117449Granpa's brother, Arthur was a pilot in WW1 and also served in Palestine as a reconnaissance pilot with the Camel corps. his son also was a pilot in the Middle East later in WW2 in Egypt.
    This is the son, my mother's cousin also called Arthur. He always wore a life vest as he couldn't swim and was afraid of ditching over water; despite flying in Egypt. I suppose the Mediterranean was a possibility
    Heliar 14 inch at f5.6

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    Plastica is simply not as good as Tim for a model, but here are my poor experiments with a Cooke Portrait Series II 10-1/2" shot on 5x7 at f4.5

    This is a knuckler, which has markings for sharp, and detents for SF 1, 2, 3. Obviously this is a set of all 4 settings.

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Randy, I like #3 the best!

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    LOL! Really? I gotta do some more testing! I have some pressure on me as I am invited to shoot film at a digital shoot with the goal of recreating some 30's Hollywood glamour portraits.

    We will have 4 lovely pro models, hair and makeup specialists and plan to shoot the same studio setups 3 times. First with DSLR, then Mamiya RB 150mm SF lens and finally with this lens on 5x7. The pro DSLR shooter will do lighting and set up and we will all shoot ISO 100, well FP4+ sheets and Acros 100 roll film. No X-Ray I am afraid.

    It will be a madhouse shoot for this old man, trying to keep with the kids. We will also shoot Fujiroids with the RB. I have only done glamour a couple times 12 years ago...

    I plan to eat Wheaties for breakfast. and it just occurs to me, I will be the only male.

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    Randy, I like #3 the best!

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    Sounds like a tough assignment

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Plastica is simply not as good as Tim for a model, but here are my poor experiments with a Cooke Portrait Series II 10-1/2" shot on 5x7 at f4.5

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    Randy: a question:

    When you turn for more soft, do you then re focus?

    To me these soft ones doesn't look soft, but more unsharp.. and if you don't refocus that will happen..

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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Randy, I like #2 Best!

    For your considerations, I have two samples:

    A 7 inch TT&H Cooke:


    And a "Galli Special" single element ~150mm:


    I am hoping to get the 10.5" TT&H Cooke soon as well.

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