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    Show me your Struss pictures

    Not of the lens but pictures taken with the lens.
    Last edited by Roger Beck; 12-Jun-2021 at 17:41.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Beck View Post
    Not of the lens but pictures taken with the lens.
    You may not find many because the lenses are rare. Jim Galli mentioned in a thread that he had only seen 3 on ebay and others indicated ones seen are usually in terrible condition.
    Check his site or PM Jim to see if he has any images to share.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Thanks. I had put a Wanted To Buy ad for a Struss lens. I had one offer of $12,000 and another, he loved his lens so much he couldn't bear to part with it or name a price, even though it was for sale. I understand that's how it with your favorite lenses. The images I have seen are low quality, naturally on the web, that I was curious to see what all the fuss/price is about. Its about rarity/collectability and unique image quality not so much. Russ Youngs thesis mentions that in pictorialism days, the prints were so soft and textured as well, that you could not discern a lot of details, and they were made that way on purpose. No one has ever seen a modern high resolution Strusss image! While they may have different properties, there is only so much you can do with a meniscus. I've been trying out other meniscus lenses and wanted to see if there was an amazing wow difference in the highlights, which is where you see how a soft lens really works. I'm pretty sure I can get the Struss look with another lens, if I had one for comparison lol. Jim Galli's comparison photos are no longer online (are they?). Galli says "I have an 1860's Darlot landscape meniscus that I use wide open at f6 and the effect is very nearly identical to the high priced spread." so there's my answer. In the book "Pictorialism in California:Photographs 1900-1940" they imply that one of the reasons pictorialist photographers switched from soft lenses to sharp lenses was that the soft lenses needed a lot of practice. Each lens is slightly different and gives slightly different results, under slightly different lighting where the sharp lenses gave immediate and predictable result. Soft lenses are fun to play with, and I'm glad to see the style is slowly but surely coming back.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Why not email Jim Galli and ask for his opinion?

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    A -2, -3, or -4 closeup lens may get you pretty close the the same type image as a Struss. I have a -4 (250mm) which I screwed into the back of an Alphax shutter and use on the 8x10. Sharp in the middle with smooth but rapid softening to the edges of image.
    A real Struss it isn't. But it does compare favorably to my friend's Struss.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...se-and-results

    Based on past and present experience with Sorta-Focus lenses, lighting and subject has a BIG effect on the image results.
    Some SF lenses from that era tinkered with chromatic lens correction -vs- photographic materials from that era to achieve a particular image rendering, or the intended SF result as and when the lens was designed-used will produce a different image result due to differences in spectral sensitivity of the photographic materials from then and now.


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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    Why not email Jim Galli and ask for his opinion?
    I almost put in a quote about the Three Blind Men parable and soft lenses - not looking for a description but actual hi-res images.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...se-and-results

    Based on past and present experience with Sorta-Focus lenses, lighting and subject has a BIG effect on the image results.
    Some SF lenses from that era tinkered with chromatic lens correction -vs- photographic materials from that era to achieve a particular image rendering, or the intended SF result as and when the lens was designed-used will produce a different image result due to differences in spectral sensitivity of the photographic materials from then and now.


    Bernice
    thanks - there are some images I was looking for - from descriptions I thought the lens must have a mild soft look, delicate and refined where some sorta-focus lenses are really kinda blurry.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Use Extreme Caution to judge any lens results via the web as they cannot be truly representative of the print results. While easy and overly convenient to simply "look stuff up" on the web, it is IMO often nothing like the genuine item or in this case the Genuine Original Image.


    Bernice


    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Beck View Post
    thanks - there are some images I was looking for - from descriptions I thought the lens must have a mild soft look, delicate and refined where some sorta-focus lenses are really kinda blurry.

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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Bernice,

    Isn't there also a problem optically enlarging SF and/or pictorial?

    Not the technique, but image quality?
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