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bobfowler
06-24-2005, 02:10 PM
Chris was nice enough to let me fool around with it. He had an 85 f1/4 mounted on it. He was prepared to have me call it heavy, but compared to my Leica R8 with 80mm f1.4 I thought that the package was fairly light.

The autofocus (with more sensors than I could count) was nice too, though I much prefer the viewfinder, controls and focusing screen of my Leica SLR. We both have what we want, I suppose...
Take care,
Tom

When we broke for lunch (and Margaritas), Chris left me handle the camera. I found it to be MUCH lighter than expected - a lot lighter than my F3/MD4/MK1 combo.

Bruce Osgood
06-24-2005, 03:08 PM
Here is a couple of shots I made that day on APX100 and kodak HIE.
Nice work Alex.

David A. Goldfarb
06-25-2005, 06:06 PM
Finally processed my film today, and I posted three quick neg scans over in the standard gallery. Lost a couple of shots to light leaks, but there are a few keepers in there.

glbeas
06-25-2005, 06:44 PM
I'll say! Those are very well executed and interesting.

aj-images
06-25-2005, 07:21 PM
David- Amazing tones. Can't wait to see others. - Jim

Bruce Osgood
06-25-2005, 07:54 PM
I posted my comments in the Standard Gallery with the Auditorium image.

aj-images
07-07-2005, 07:26 PM
Hey all - Tested my 8x10 studio camera and the lens that some of you saw. You can't tell much by the photo, but it is sharp and has great tonal range. Film is Tri-x. I will be playing with J&C 400 in the near future and also experimenting with Platinum and Azo.

David A. Goldfarb
07-07-2005, 07:35 PM
Is that the Imagon? It's supposed to be a soft lens wide open or with the perforated disks if you have them. Did you stop it down with the regular iris?

aj-images
07-07-2005, 07:50 PM
David- That is the Imagon. It was stopped down all the way. Exposure was 1 or 2 seconds. I had 4 sheets and bracketed. I do have one disk which I will play with as time permits. I'm working on getting the field camera together so I can take the lens in the field and hopefully on the next APUG shoot. - Jim

David A. Goldfarb
07-07-2005, 08:22 PM
Interesting. Past f:8 or so, most soft lenses lose the spherical aberration that is largely responsible for the soft effect, and by f:22 or so diffraction becomes enough of a limitation that there isn't too much difference between lenses in general, though there are some things that can't be improved by stopping down. The disks make it possible to reduce the amount of light entering the lens without losing the spherical aberration that causes the soft effect.

aj-images
07-07-2005, 09:13 PM
David - I will experiment with and without the disk, at different aperatures, etc and show you the results the next time we meet up. - Jim

highpeak
07-07-2005, 10:16 PM
Hi, Jim, I can see you having a lot of fun now. Can't believe that old piece of lens still works!

Ole
07-08-2005, 01:04 AM
David- That is the Imagon.

Cool!

I've just bought an Imagon 240mm - it was sold as "part of an Imagon - rear group only" :D

I'll have to pop it in a shutter and see what it does! :)

David A. Goldfarb
07-08-2005, 01:44 AM
David - I will experiment with and without the disk, at different aperatures, etc and show you the results the next time we meet up. - Jim

I'll be interested to see them!

Maybe we should have a soft focus lens event. I have a few, and J. G. Motamedi has some, and you could bring the Imagon, and we could post some comparison shots on APUG.

photobum
07-08-2005, 06:42 AM
David, I have a Manhattan Optical Co. Extra Rapid Rectilnear #4. I think about 1900. Would that count for soft focus shot on the old f/4 or so? It's fun to use and I will bring it if we meet at Sandy Hook in the fall.

aj-images
07-08-2005, 07:38 AM
Hi, Jim, I can see you having a lot of fun now. Can't believe that old piece of lens still works!
Very fun Alex....hopefully you will win a LF camera on Ebay. I was thinking about setting up the studio camera on the boardwalk and shooting portraits of people as they walk by Avedon style. I got two great cloud shots which I will post as soon as I print them. - Jim

David A. Goldfarb
07-08-2005, 09:01 AM
A rectilinear would indeed be a good lens to have in the mix.

I've got my 8x10" camera working properly now, and should be getting a new bellows for the 11x14" in a couple of weeks, so I can bring something larger next time.

gr82bart
07-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Hey Jim,

I just got back the IR film. I think I've got some good ones in there.

Thanks for the development and contacts.

Art.

aj-images
07-08-2005, 03:48 PM
Glad to hear they made it back to you ok Art. You indeed got some good shots. Look forward to seeing them. - Jim