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Re: [OM] (Fwd) Re: [cml-glass] Advice on lens sets

Subject: Re: [OM] (Fwd) Re: [cml-glass] Advice on lens sets
From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2021 07:22:46 -0700
At 12/14/2021 04:24 PM, Soft Fingered Moose wrote:

>On 12/14/2021 2:09 PM, Wayne Harridge wrote:
>>Yep, those  FD mount adapters can be a bit weird !
>FL lenses are simple. Preset apertures, no auto aperture.
>>The 85mm f2.8 soft focus images look interesting, does the second shot have 
>>silhouetted tree branches or similar in front of the lights ?
>My fingers in front of the lens. ð???
>Fingers vertical. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/qfw1K5HdqLFkAS1MA>

Interesting. Have you tried other subjects besides the lights?

>Minolta also dabbled in adjustable soft focus, Both this Canon lens and the 
>Minolta Varisoft work by changing the distance between front and rear lens 
>groups to introduce spherical aberrations.
>Canon is still in this game. Their new RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has an SA 
>(spherical aberration) control, going both positive and negative. 

Interesting lens, the Canon RF 100mm macro with SA control. Some samples at 
this other link.


One would have to invest in Canon R to use the lens, unfortunately.

>Nikon made a prototype soft focus lens, but ended up going with special soft 
>filters. Their designer didn't like the way SA soft focus lenses lose the soft 
>aspect as they are stopped down. Their Nikon Soft filters allow the 
>combination of softness with deep DoF.
>I had thought that the Nikon filters were unique, as they used to be. But I've 
>recently acquired a Fotodiox "Diffuser" filter that looks very similar. No 
>comparison made yet.
>Prestidigitation Moose

The Canon 100mm macro, also impressive, has well controlled focus breathing. I 
don't have a macro lens that does not focus breath at macro distances quite a 
bit. Although Helicon Focus does not seem to have a problem with it.

I have looked at getting some vintage lenses for their character but I'm not as 
patient dealing with aperture, adapters, etc as you are. The only character 
lens I have now is the CV 35mm/1.4 classic, which has interesting effect when 
shot at 1.4.
Nothing that impressive.

It seems all such lenses are highly subject dependent in whether the effect has 

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