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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Following up with this thread:

    The new lens arrived today from an eBay seller in Japan, it looks great and I'm quite excited to use it.



    The front element has some scratches, this was mentioned in the sale, but the glass is in otherwise beautiful shape.
    The scratches shouldn't show up at all, or maybe they'll help with the diffusion!

    What drew me to this lens was that it met two criteria I had: it's of the right vintage (60s/70s) and it's single-coated. It was also affordable, which was important, but less so than the other two points.
    What clinched it was the Copal 3 shutter with 10 blades, and not the usual 7 blades. I'm hoping this will be a factor in any work I do with this lens, especially portraits.



    Thanks for everyone's help, very much appreciated.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
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    What drew me to this lens was that it met two criteria I had: it's of the right vintage (60s/70s) and it's single-coated. It was also affordable, which was important, but less so than the other two points.
    What clinched it was the Copal 3 shutter with 10 blades, and not the usual 7 blades. I'm hoping this will be a factor in any work I do with this lens, especially portraits.
    Your comment made me go look at my 3 Copal-3/3S lenses, all silver ring, to count their aperture blades. They're a Fujinar 21cm/4.5, Fujinar 25cm/4.7 (optically an f/4.5, but f/4.7 in a Copal shutter), and an Imagon 250mm. All are 10 bladed too! Since the Imagon only needs a shutter, not aperture (I stop it down a bit to help focus, then open it up again and use the disks), that's good to know should I want to swap cells with a 7-bladed shutter and another lens in the future.

    Enjoy! I do enjoy my single-coated Fuji Tessar-design lenses, and I think you will too!

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Thanks, Drew! I’m eager to try the L lens.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Very curious to hear your impressions of the 300mm f5.6 Fujinon L.
    Projected prediction, you'll like it lots


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post

    Following up with this thread:
    The new lens arrived today from an eBay seller in Japan, it looks great and I'm quite excited to use it.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Thank you, Bernice. I think you may be psychic.

    I used it today, but it will be a while before I can share the photo with all of you.
    Nowhere to dry my film yet, and I'm in between scanners.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    I'm fine with just your observations.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Handsome lens, snappy dresser. The life of the party.
    Can't say more until I see the film.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    I tend to favor a narrower view, and a bit more space between me and my subject, hence I went with the 420mm version of the L, and I like it a lot. Really gentle rendering at wide open and sharp till it hurts when close down to about 22/32.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    This is soft focus lens.

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    Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Woodbury View Post
    Hi Ari

    Kodak 12" f/4.8 Portrait. I had one, didn't really know what I had, and sold it. Big mistake.
    This is a soft lens. Ari wants a sharp one.

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