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    I owned the 50 ULD, the 110 and the older 180. I didn't have the 50 ULD long enough to appreciate it before I sold everything to get into large format.

    The 110 I had was really sharp. I'm curious as to which RZ lenses are sharper?

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    I find the 65 M-LA and the APO telephotos (I have the 250) to be noticeably sharper than my 110; the tradeoff is that the 65 has nasty bokeh which seems to be an unavoidable consequence of greatly corrected spherical aberration as per the floating element. The 180 W-N seems similar to the 110 in resolution. The 140 M-LA is also reputed to be extremely sharp but I haven't got my hands on one just yet.

    I sold my non-floating 50mm after a couple of weeks because it was impossibly soft in the corners, visibly worse than shooting a decent lens on 35mm film. The 50 ULD is meant to be nearly as sharp as the 65 M-LA.

    It's also possible that my 110 isn't the sharpest instance of that lens ever made...

    Edit: of course I'm talking about the wider (f/2.8 to f/5.6) apertures here. They're all getting on for being diffraction-limited around f/11 or so.

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    Thank you for replying.

    I had the older 180 which was not as sharp but I liked it for close up portraiture. I took some group shots with the 110 that included my wife and she was ready to kill me. She said something to the effect that she didn't want every wrinkle and pore showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Thank you for replying.

    I had the older 180 which was not as sharp but I liked it for close up portraiture. I took some group shots with the 110 that included my wife and she was ready to kill me. She said something to the effect that she didn't want every wrinkle and pore showing.
    Easy, spend a fortune on the best lenses, fine-grained film, the best scanner and/or enlarging lens, the finest printing paper ... and then just put a $5 soft-focus filter in front of the lens to reduce all the pores showing...
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Thank you for replying.

    I had the older 180 which was not as sharp but I liked it for close up portraiture. I took some group shots with the 110 that included my wife and she was ready to kill me. She said something to the effect that she didn't want every wrinkle and pore showing.
    Your wife is not alone in her preferences, her emotion is modern day demonstration of the problem that spawned the soft focus lens movement in the late 1800s.

    Photographic materials made some technical leaps back then that greatly "improved" sharpness and resolution; the finished product became "too damn good at it's job" for portraitists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Thank you for replying.

    I had the older 180 which was not as sharp but I liked it for close up portraiture. I took some group shots with the 110 that included my wife and she was ready to kill me. She said something to the effect that she didn't want every wrinkle and pore showing.
    Well, this is medium format... try her with side-lighting and a blue filter, see how she likes that!

    PS please put me in your will first

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    It was the first time that I used the lens and it was a group shoot so I didn't expect her to be upset. It wasn't like it was a close up. There were my wife, step-son, his wife and a new granddaughter in the photographs.

    I think my wife is still pretty but when women hit a certain age a soft focus filter sure can be a good friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    It was the first time that I used the lens and it was a group shoot so I didn't expect her to be upset. It wasn't like it was a close up. There were my wife, step-son, his wife and a new granddaughter in the photographs.

    I think my wife is still pretty but when women hit a certain age a soft focus filter sure can be a good friend.
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    I like my 110 lens, but also like the APOs. I have a 140 and hardly use it.

    Regarding portraits, my wife says the same thing about sharp lenses. Oh well.
    Last edited by tnabbott; 07-31-2013 at 05:32 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Anne Leibovitz said the RZ 140 was her favorite lens and a reason she kept coming back to her RZ.
    I think Clive Barker also use an RZ with a digital back???
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