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    Rapid Rectilinear for portraits?

    I'm waiting for my new Kodak Portrait 305mm f4.8 to arrive for the 8x10 (woohoo, thought I'd just throw that in), and in the meantime I was fooling around with the 4x5. I have an old brass f6 Rapid Rectilinear that I have really never used, and I was wondering if there were any thoughts from you experts about using the RR for portraits. I'm going to just try it of course, but I wonder if there are opinions out there.
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    No reason at all why you shouldn't. The RR is a great lens design, and many were made for doing LF portraits.

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    I've done some portraits with Rapid Rectilinear and Aplanat lenses and they usually do a great job because they're fairly sharp, but with softer out of focus areas than modern lenses. The edges go a little soft with RR lenses, but that's immaterial for portraits. I have a Dallmeyer 12x10 RR that I particularly like for portraits.
    Last edited by Barry S; 03-17-2009 at 03:02 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Yeh, go for it, Julia Margaret Cameron did all of her major later work with one.

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    the wollensak verito and veritar are based on
    the rr design. i have a few ( rr's ), and i LOVE to
    use one named laverne to shoot portraits.

    have fun!

    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    the wollensak verito and veritar are based on
    the rr design. i have a few ( rr's ), and i LOVE to
    use one named laverne to shoot portraits.

    have fun!

    john
    You named your lens? =D

    Don't feel bad...

    I named my 8x10...
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    RIP Kodachrome

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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    You named your lens? =D

    Don't feel bad...

    I named my 8x10...
    nooooo
    its etched on the barrel by the maker
    i have a feeling that doesn't count ...

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    Hey, B.B. King names his guitar "Lucille." No harm done.

    Peter Gomena

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    I sometimes call my equipment names, but I guess that's not what we're talking about.....
    Thanks for the replies.
    Steve
    www.scdowellphoto.com

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    12x10 RR

    I have a 12x10 RR that I really like for portraits. With a Packard shutter they are a doddle wide open...

    My father. Lith contact print on Fomatone. Please excuse the damn bellows intruding at the bottom of the image. Doh!
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