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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Read this while you wait

    KODAK instructions for using the 305

    https://www.cameraeccentric.com/stat...fs/kodak_1.pdf
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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Thank you for that! Yeah that piece of lit is actually one of the first things I read on the lens when I got it.
    Very informative and some really great tips on achieving focus with this particular lens.

    I'm still so curious to hear from anyone who currently uses this lens on an 8x10 system though. Would love to hear how, and if, they are liking it

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    I've only used it on 8x10.
    It gets interesting in the corners in a way I like, but it covers.

    https://flic.kr/p/efLRTV
    https://flic.kr/p/jBkuTV
    https://flic.kr/p/DGE5NY
    https://flic.kr/p/HfxtYA
    https://flic.kr/p/oHbAbU
    https://flic.kr/p/jBoyDf

    I've done quite a bit with it, but not using it currently as the ilex5 doesn't like the cold. Need to send it in.

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    I've only used it on 8x10.
    It gets interesting in the corners in a way I like, but it covers.

    https://flic.kr/p/efLRTV
    https://flic.kr/p/jBkuTV
    https://flic.kr/p/DGE5NY
    https://flic.kr/p/HfxtYA
    https://flic.kr/p/oHbAbU
    https://flic.kr/p/jBoyDf

    I've done quite a bit with it, but not using it currently as the ilex5 doesn't like the cold. Need to send it in.
    Wow, gets really dreamy around the edges. Good for portraits!

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    And ALL depth of field is behind the point of focus. None of this 1/3, 2/3 theory. You'd do well to focus on the nose for a seated portrait, or if it's environmental, a few inches ahead of the person.

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    JP! - Thank you for sharing those examples. This is such an interesting lens, I really love it. Great images you posted as well!

    JP do you remember what F-stop you were at when you shot the one I put below? Also that specific shooting distance seems to be a sweet spot with this lens.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/13759696@N02/27075201014/

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Thanks, I'd guess probably f6.3 (between 5.6 and 8) for that, I don't move the aperture much. That closer distance means more bellows which means longer actual focal length and more coverage.

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    I shoot both the 12 and 16 inch Kodak Portrait lenses. As JP points out above, focus the way Kodak states in the instructions! You'll be much happier with the effect.

    The 12" provides lovely perspective and depth for portraits on a 5x7 negative. I must agree with Bernice that its too short to do so on an 8x10 negative. I've used it at closer distances than a portrait when shooting table top still lifes and yes, it covers 8x10 when the lens is racked out a fair amount; when the focus is beyond about 6 feet, the corners become too weird for me.

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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    I have shot this lens just a little bit on 8x10, full length studio nudes, probably around f/5.6 / halfway between f/5.6 and f/8. It's fuzzy (in a way that I kind of like) used this way.

    2 images posted just now to the "Nude" thread elsewhere on the forum. Post 3925
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...40#post1598540
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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Up

    As I trust you, those images look like tiny plaster casts, yet I know better!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
    I have shot this lens just a little bit on 8x10, full length studio nudes, probably around f/5.6 / halfway between f/5.6 and f/8. It's fuzzy (in a way that I kind of like) used this way.

    2 images posted just now to the "Nude" thread elsewhere on the forum. Post 3925
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...40#post1598540
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