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    Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    Considering how often these appear on Ebay, I was surprised to find that there is, apparently, no mention anywhere in the Forum - and very little on the Softar, either!

    These disks were marketed by Eastman from the 1920's and were found in several sizes. There are two items - a holder mounted to the lens and an insert filter/disc, which has a handle suggesting alternative use.

    There is a very complete description (verbatim from Eastman's advertising, perhaps) on line which describes the use of the A (small soft effect) and B (more effects) series in portrait photography. It also describes how the filters can be used in darkroom.

    I am sure they are just as effective/ineffective as later devices, but has anyone experience of their use?
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    Steve, I have used them on several occasions and also for wet plate. They are very effective, especially when photographing older folk.

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    Re: Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    From what I have noticed, large format photographers seem to prefer soft focus lenses and medium format photographers prefer Softars or other diffusion discs.

    Just look at the amount of threads on here about soft focus lenses. Also check out the very low prices on the used Mamiya soft focus lenses for the RZ and RB67's. There seems to be no love for those lenses.

    I don't know why that is.

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    I don't know why that is.
    I know why its because here in LF Forum we have some priests they praise almost every day the use of SF lens and show also some nice results!

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    Re: Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    I asked, because I couldn't resist one in Greece (low price, free shipping, no VAT etc.). Arrived within 2 days - so I can show what the surface looks like to-day.

    Made of quite thick glass, sturdy mount, concentric mini-ridges about 5mm apart with a central area without rings.

    Very difficult to photograph surface, but you can see a vague outline in the skylight reflection. This the B model.


    They are very effective, especially when photographing older folk.
    Good for self portraits, then!
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    Re: Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    From what I have noticed, large format photographers seem to prefer soft focus lenses and medium format photographers prefer Softars or other diffusion discs.

    Just look at the amount of threads on here about soft focus lenses. Also check out the very low prices on the used Mamiya soft focus lenses for the RZ and RB67's. There seems to be no love for those lenses.

    I don't know why that is.
    Not necessarily. We were the distributor for both Zorkendorfer and Schmactenburg. Both made adaptor systems for mounting the 120 and 150mm Imagon 4.5 lenses to most any medium format or 35mm interchangeable camera. Mostly for Hasselblad 500 and 200/2000 cameras and Rollei 6XXX system cameras. These lenses were used by portrait gurus like Monte Zucker, Tibor Horvath, Mike Gilbert and many others. All of whom did seminars on the use of these lenses with their shooting style and we sold lots of these systems because of these shooters. Mostly through the 60s to the early 90s.

    Both manufacturers had their own focus tube, helical focus mount and way of mounting to a leaf shutter to couple to the camera system. Schmactenburg even had his own special version of a Prontor Professional made for him for these lenses.

    And the Imagon's effect was quite different from Fuji's and Mamiyas.

    As for the Kodak disks, they later became none as the DUTO filters and were manufactured by Heliopan. Although Heliopan also sold the Zeiss Softars which out sold the Duto filters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    I asked, because I couldn't resist one in Greece (low price, free shipping, no VAT etc.). Arrived within 2 days - so I can show what the surface looks like to-day.

    Made of quite thick glass, sturdy mount, concentric mini-ridges about 5mm apart with a central area without rings.

    Very difficult to photograph surface, but you can see a vague outline in the skylight reflection. This the B model.




    Good for self portraits, then!
    Yes, myself included!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon - HP Marketing View Post
    Not necessarily. We were the distributor for both Zorkendorfer and Schmactenburg. Both made adaptor systems for mounting the 120 and 150mm Imagon 4.5 lenses to most any medium format or 35mm interchangeable camera. Mostly for Hasselblad 500 and 200/2000 cameras and Rollei 6XXX system cameras. These lenses were used by portrait gurus like Monte Zucker, Tibor Horvath, Mike Gilbert and many others. All of whom did seminars on the use of these lenses with their shooting style and we sold lots of these systems because of these shooters. Mostly through the 60s to the early 90s.

    Both manufacturers had their own focus tube, helical focus mount and way of mounting to a leaf shutter to couple to the camera system. Schmactenburg even had his own special version of a Prontor Professional made for him for these lenses.

    And the Imagon's effect was quite different from Fuji's and Mamiyas.
    Thanks, Bob. That's interesting.

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    Re: Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    OK! I just landed the mounting ring. Now I need to watch for the disks themselves!

    Thanks, Steven, for bringing these up.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: Eastman Portrait Diffusion Disks

    Zorkendorfer and Schmactenburg
    Thanks for the imput, Bob!
    Completely new names to me.

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