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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    There are multiples of personalities possible in the achromatic meniscus doublet. Some are nearly sharp, some are soft and lovely. I dug this one out of the trash at work. It was a damaged front element of a spotting scope.


    snappy cars and speedy boats

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    I wonder if Struss also scrounged around trash cans?

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    I wonder if Struss also scrounged around trash cans?
    I don't think Struss did, but I do think Pinkham probably did. Struss approached it with a design all his own. Single glass. Where most of these are achromatic doublets.

    Here's one done with the little lenses I make up and sell to folks who want to get their feet wet with an antique lens in modern shutter.


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    Have one of these ready to go that no one's jumped on.

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    I've got a Wollaston for my 14x17 that I hope to be playing around with more in the New Year...

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Cole View Post
    ... it was too windy...

    This shot was done at about 1/25 sec...

    The background of the canyon behind the tree is rendered nicely with the buttery smoothness that I expected, however, the foreground bush on the left side appears lumpy and rather odd looking.
    I wonder if the bush was "odd looking" because the wind was blowing it around and at 1/25th it is blurry whereas the more solid background was not affected by the wind.

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaTerry View Post
    I wonder if the bush was "odd looking" because the wind was blowing it around and at 1/25th it is blurry whereas the more solid background was not affected by the wind.
    It's a possibility, but I picked a moment to fire the shutter when the wind was relatively calm. It was easier to do at 1/25 sec than at 2 or more seconds. I need some more experience with the lens to see what its characteristics really are.
    Jim Cole
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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Plasticca... just love that glass...

    13x18cm film
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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Plasticca... just love that glass...

    13x18cm film
    That's the first time I've seen dappled light + soft focus + person handled together well since White/Day a hundred years ago! That combination is one of my soft focus goals for next summer (as I have access to similar woods that are nearby to where they worked)

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    That's the first time I've seen dappled light + soft focus + person handled together well since White/Day a hundred years ago! That combination is one of my soft focus goals for next summer (as I have access to similar woods that are nearby to where they worked)
    thanks - yes, this lens is magic outdoors...

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    Re: Playing with Meniscus Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Plasticca... just love that glass...

    13x18cm film
    Rally nicely done and a fine use of the Plasticca!
    Jim Cole
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