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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    My hope is that other folks will give us some examples of softness achieved at the enlarger. Mine was just to get us started. --Jim Galli
    No one else posted in Jim's thread. It would be nice to see side-by-side the Symmar negative printed with a soft-focus lens compared to the in-camera soft images.

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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    No one else posted in Jim's thread. It would be nice to see side-by-side the Symmar negative printed with a soft-focus lens compared to the in-camera soft images.
    I'd be happy to send you the negative.
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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Thank you for these. As a newfound Imagon owner these were beyond helpful!

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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    what size Aviar?

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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    You welcome! I'm glad they're of use.

    14" Aviar, Dr. Tang.
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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    I was about to sell my 300mm Imagon but now I'm keeping it. Thank you! now I just need to find a way to mount it on a small board.

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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel.E View Post
    I was about to sell my 300mm Imagon but now I'm keeping it. Thank you! now I just need to find a way to mount it on a small board.
    me too..well..at least I'll give it another go

    I never liked that 'all in' look you see with a lot of their pix.. just looks like a smudged up lens to me.. but it looks like it calms down a lot at certain settings..next shoot I'll drag it out I think

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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Here are some more tests. Let's start with a 305mm Graphic-Kowa @ f/9:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m8pg7p6rlu..._8bit.jpg?dl=0

    Next is an 300mm Imagon with the small disk and the outer holes one half closed:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dh9xy303vy...f_jpg.jpg?dl=0

    Next is the middle disk with the outer holes half open:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/edr7qoknmv..._half.jpg?dl=0

    Next is the biggest disk with the outer holes half open:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8nvs2ax57m..._8bit.jpg?dl=0
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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Here's some more with a 300mm Imagon. In this case I made two aperture disks out of black posterboard. I placed them right behind the glass on the Rodenstock 2x filter.

    The first one was 47mm:



    Hi-res:https://www.dropbox.com/s/2s5nmu1h0i..._8bit.jpg?dl=0

    The second one was 57mm:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3qrmx01lez..._8bit.jpg?dl=0
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    Re: Lens Comparison on 4x5. Symmar, Imagon, Aviar....

    Today we have a Buhl 216mm, f/3.9 projector lens:



    Hi-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/293fpt5qpr...-0190.jpg?dl=0

    Next up is an Ilex 10" (154mm) Paragon at f/16:



    Hi res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4imwjd7x6o...-0191.tif?dl=0
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