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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Why is it cool though, the lens effect thing? Is there a psychological explanation? I mean, we know why James Dean was cool (sexual undercurrents) and why the yo-yo was cool (spectacle = sexual undercurrents), but... why are analog lens effects cool? And why isn't the real thing?
    Umm, could it be- sexual undercurrents?



    This needs to be tackled.
    Tackling has definite sexual undercurrents.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Petersson View Post

    (You have a very Swedish name, by the way. Is this common in Minnesota?)
    Nordic people are well represented in Minnesota, along with Germans. There are a lot more Norwegians than Swedes, though.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    Sharpness is a lens effect as much as softness and swirl. Each is "real".
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C. Miller View Post

    I don't think that Pictorialism is a desire to cover up poor talent, any more than Cajun cooking is a desire to cover up bad food.
    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    Sharpness is a lens effect as much as softness and swirl. Each is "real".
    these 2 sentences sum it up for me ...

    thanks brian and mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Why is it cool though, the lens effect thing? Is there a psychological explanation? I mean, we know why James Dean was cool (sexual undercurrents) and why the yo-yo was cool (spectacle = sexual undercurrents), but... why are analog lens effects cool? And why isn't the real thing? This needs to be tackled.
    It's apt that I'm just about to try and see for myself this week, you're welcome to come test it yourself. I know I wouldn't spend a lot of money to find out but this just came along and is highly relevan to this thread



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    It's apt that I'm just about to try and see for myself this week, you're welcome to come test it yourself. I know I wouldn't spend a lot of money to find out but this just came along and is highly relevan to this thread



    Ian
    Try emulating that, hipsters.

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    Thanks for contributing to an interesting discussion, everybody. It helps me peek into the world of others, and hopefully it helps us all understand each other better.

    It's obvious that photography, as a form of appreciation of craft, art, technology, psychology and so on is like everything else - what we appreciate about it is individual. No matter how much we read, study others, invent and discover on our own, it's ALL filtered through our own brain, which is full of experiences that are unique to each individual.

    I have failed, for years now, to understand why having a lens that gives off a crazy weird effect in the corners is actually desirable. I still don't get it. While some of it looks pretty cool in some pictures, more often I find it incredibly distracting and it actually prevents me from appreciating the picture, and most often I just don't care. But maybe I can now at least appreciate how folks reason about it, and that helps me shake some of my prejudice.

    Thanks again for contributing. I hope the discussion continues on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Try emulating that, hipsters.

    Minus the grime & ready to shoot

    Ian

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    Nice clean-up job, Ian! I like that you're re-using an old lens that was most likely destined to being a paper weight.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post

    Minus the grime & ready to shoot

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    Gorgeous.
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