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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzphoto View Post
    Good point. So what was it that gives that lovely super-shallow depth of field and that difficult-to-describe bokeh?
    It was long focal length lenses, and undercorrected lenses that gave the look you are wanting. Longish, portrait-style lenses may be what you are looking for, but don't expect ultra-fast lenses. Back in the 19th century, people just had to remain still for a few seconds when they had their picture taken.

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    Ultra-fast lenses are precisely what they used! F:3.5 is about an average portait lens; some were f:2.8 or even f:2.4. In the LF world, that's ultra fast as in "they don't make 'em like that no more".

    "Rapid" Rectilinears came in several different "flavours", but I can't recall having seen one faster than f:5.
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