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    Howdy GOM,

    I'm going large format because I'm returning to my roots. While I've shot 135 and miscellaneous 120 but I always preferred sheet film.

    It's a neurological thing, not so much a physical one, so carrying a 4x5 a few hundred yards from the car is really no different than carrying nothing. For those times that I don't think I can handle a larger 4x5 (Canham Traditional to stitch up to 4x10), several sheet film holders and a larger set of lenses, I do have a lightweight 4x5 (Chamonix 45N-1) dedicated solely to 6x12cm roll film with a dedicated set of smaller lenses.

    I'm not poor but I'm far from wealthy. I'm almost embarrassed to list the pricey sets of lenses I've acquired over the last couple of years especially since they probably won't do everything I want them to. At any rate I can afford to buy a few more lenses... just none of those high-priced rare artsy ones with strong cult followings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    none of those high-priced rare artsy ones with strong cult followings.
    Then try a low priced artsy one with a strong cult following:

    http://re-inventedphotoequip.com/Site/Prices.html

    They even come with perfectly round apertures.

    You may find, though, that a sink-strainer aperture works more to your liking. You can even use a real sink strainer:
    http://www.amazon.com/LDR-501-3220-D...3501300&sr=1-4
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    Nicholas... any example images shot with these lenses? I don't like the "sink drain" apertures hence my reasoning to use Imagon and Fujinon SF discs fully closed using only the center openings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Nicholas... any example images shot with these lenses? I don't like the "sink drain" apertures hence my reasoning to use Imagon and Fujinon SF discs fully closed using only the center openings.
    Here is example of Fujinon SF. Unfortunately I don't remember the exact specs on the exposure. I seem to remember it was Yellow disc about halfway open. Film is likely to FP-4. I think I scanned a contact proof, not the neg. Dust spots is an artifact of the contact sheet, not the neg.
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    The Mamiya 150 SF may entertain.

    Apart from that and similar imagon lenses, you can of course get an LF lens and rip out the aperture blades and make yourself a perfectly round aperture disc. I did this with an old convertible lens and, notwithstanding the 5 minutes of math I had to do to compute the diameters of the openings, it was very easy. I cut the apertures in black slide film. By using a more transparent material you can get interesting mixes of sharp and blur. I have an idea for an electronically controlled item that'd achieve the same effect.
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    When I mentioned soft focus lenses such as Imagon, Fujinon SF, Kodak Portrait, etc. I may have confused the issue. I'm pretty sure those are all cemented doublets and are a little more corrected than meniscus lenses. I mentioned them because they become pretty sharp when stopped down somewhat and show very little glow.

    I'm really just looking for lenses with good bokeh or merde or that difficult-to-describe creaminess... whatever we choose to call it. I never fully realized how important this is until recently.

    As ususal, when I find something that interests me it will take me a long time to understand and find solutions for it. At the moment I'm sort of grasping at straws. I hope everyone can forgive that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    When I mentioned soft focus lenses such as Imagon, Fujinon SF, Kodak Portrait, etc. I may have confused the issue. I'm pretty sure those are all cemented doublets and are a little more corrected than meniscus lenses. I mentioned them because they become pretty sharp when stopped down somewhat and show very little glow.
    The fujinon is a 3-element lens, if I recall correctly. When stopped down or used without a strainer it is respectably sharp with not much of a trace of softness.

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    Firstly, the page from the book by Con. . . .

    No, too much crap already, I will PM you

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