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    Re: Any picture examples of color film with old lenses?

    Bernice should be chimeing in here soon to comment about testing lenses for color rendition for studio applications... I have used lenses from the 1910's/20's that did show a fairly strong color bias, but these can be corrected with CC gel filters if need be... One old Dagor had a blue cast, another yellow cast, and another had a warm cast probably due to warm colored balsam color that was not bad...

    A test with chrome color film viewed on a decent lightbox will answer the question... Include some neutral colors (white, middle grey, flesh tones, a white building outside on a clear day under the noon sun etc) included in the well exposed test shot should tell you, as well as your normal shooting set-ups...

    Steve K

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    Re: Any picture examples of color film with old lenses?

    What you'll likely find with an uncoated (pre-WWII) lens is a decrease in contrast- thus softer, more 'pastel' colors. And the flare that often comes with older lenses will add to the effect (unless you shade the lens properly and avoid backlight).

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    Re: Any picture examples of color film with old lenses?

    Thanks Steve and Mark for advices.
    I’ll ckeck any color bias of the old lenses.
    Pastel and pale tones may help smooth skin and OOF transitions.
    I’ll see what happens by the TTH cooke with a lens shade.

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