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    Double Protar experience, please help.

    Hi all,
    Had someone experience with two protarlenses 285(290) and 350 mm together? Seems they covers 8x10 with 180mm focal length and f7. Can you describe the bokeh, plastics and volume of this lens? It would be great to see some pictures. I'm going to buy one and looking for more arguments. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Well, as luck would have it, I recently got a F6.3 double Protar (two 19"). I've only shot one plate with it, but it certainly covers a lot, and is very sharp. Volume? It's not very loud. By your title, I'd assume you want it for wetplate. It would work best outdoors, with higher light levels.

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Here is the shot, halfplate collodion:



    Garrett

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Hey ... Is that a left-handed mandolin, or does a double Protar flip the image?

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    It's a right handed. A wetplate positive is flipped, all sorts of ways. My camera also takes upside down, but I scanned it right side up for convenience. !

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    As a lefty and a bluegrass fan, I noticed that mandolin instantly.

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Well, as luck would have it, I recently got a F6.3 double Protar (two 19"). I've only shot one plate with it, but it certainly covers a lot, and is very sharp. Volume? It's not very loud. By your title, I'd assume you want it for wetplate. It would work best outdoors, with higher light levels.

    Great! Thank you.
    Not a full time for wet plate, I hope to use it for landscape and cityscape as well as for portraits and still life, so I think it would be a prime lens for me due its weight and size.
    And in this case I'm wondering how its works with close up, middle distance and infinity.
    I saw a few prints taken by this lens and was very surprised by its incredible plastic and bokeh on portrait distance.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    P.S.
    Also is very interesting to compare double protar and double plasmat. Plasmat contains an air spaced elements and might be more interesting for portraits. But I'm not sure about so big coverage with the same focal length.

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Hopefully I am not the only one who wonders....

    What do you mean by the "plastics" of a lens?

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    Re: Double Protar experience, please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Crisp View Post
    Hopefully I am not the only one who wonders....

    What do you mean by the "plastics" of a lens?

    Sorry, English is not my native language. Say plastics I mean plasticity when image seems volume and natural like 3D, I don't know how to explain more. I thought that this term is international, all we know the lens Plasticca with the same root word.

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