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Thread: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Eckhardt Optics take on the Dallmeyer 3B - using glass available a few years ago. Unused example sold during the second Ebay listing period (bid not BIN). 850 usd...
    It's not an authentic reproduction unless it has the soft focus adjustment already frozen in place...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Renewing this thread happens just about once every month now!

    Anyway, here is a "Virgin" entry!

    Eckhardt Optics take on the Dallmeyer 3B - using glass available a few years ago.

    Unused example sold during the second Ebay listing period (bid not BIN). 850 usd.
    Are you calling it "virgin" because it was never used? Or because no one ever bought any of them and they remained immaculate? I've thought a more appropriate name would have been "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Lens" but it was too long to engrave.

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    "Virgin" because this particular lens has never been used - according to the seller. But also because this is the first time this retro design has appeared in this thread.

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Boyer Opale 260mm f4.5 + Gitzo shutter US$880 (BIN 223619657158)
    Rodenstock 250mm Imagon for $180 on the local classified (nice linhof box set with color filters)
    I have now to explain to my wife what an Opale Boyer is and why I broke the piggy bank....

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    The Boyer Opale is an interesting lens, one of the few to use chromatic aberration rather than spherical aberration to achieve its softness. I've been told it is a Tessar with the glass types in the achromatic doublet reversed.
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    It is an intriguing lens indeed. This auction was for an Opale/Saphir lens. You are right about the Opale being a modified tessar. This lens can be set as a tessar (Saphir) or as an anachomatized tessar (Opale) just by changing the back element. This lens comes with both Opale and Saphir back elements.
    I have no idea how the softness will looks like as I could not find any picture made with this lens online....

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I think if you varied the spacing between the front elements (as Wollensak did with their f/4.5 Tessar), and used it with the anachromatic rear element, you could open up a tear in the space-time continuum...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Quote Originally Posted by stormpetrel View Post
    I have no idea how the softness will looks like as I could not find any picture made with this lens online....
    here you go..
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Thank you Emil. This is a very nice picture indeed. The softness is very light but wonderful!
    By the way, did you hand painted the red pattern on the print?

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    I think if you varied the spacing between the front elements (as Wollensak did with their f/4.5 Tessar), and used it with the anachromatic rear element, you could open up a tear in the space-time continuum...
    .... and produce the Holy Grail Softness! Unfortunately for us humans, our eyes and brain could not perceive such beauty...

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