Well, you heard it from me, I love my EOS camera. Not to discredit the F-series, which are great cameras, but I always preferred Canon, even when I was twelve and all I wanted was a d****** P+S.
Originally Posted by StorminMatt
I do agree with you about micrometer AF. It works for me, and at the moment none of my lenses for my EOS system are USM anyways, so it had better work for me. I hardly ever autofocus anyways, so I couldn't care less, but when i actually have to autofocus, then for a second I see the brilliance of the USM.
p.s. - At this point in my life, I can't afford to talk about Leica, much less own one.
Manual focusing on a camera designed and optimized for autofocus (and there's more involved than simply changing the focusing screen) seems an odd way of making one's life more difficult...
Originally Posted by sidearm613
M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa
Thanks for all the input. I guess I'm surprised that no one other than Pentax ever made a wide angle soft focus lens in 35mm, and apparently the 28mm Soft is pretty uncommon. I'm also surprised that the only normal lens option is the 45mm Kenko. It's actually beginning to look like an easier task to assemble a wide angle & long normal soft focus lens set for my 8x10. . .
100 mm Sima Soft Focus + 1.4 Teleconverter = Something Amazing.
I would like to let you in on a little secret. Just between you & me, LOL.
Originally Posted by nsurit
If you add a 1.4 teleconverter, behind the 100 mm Sima Soft Focus lens, something amazing happens.
All of the flare disappears, but the image stays soft. Let me explain. Joan Rivers used to allow
photography during her shows. You weren't allowed to use any flash, but if you weren't disruptive,
it was O.K. This was at a nightclub / restaurant, called " Carlos' & Charley's ". It doesn't exist
Now this was back in the day, before Ms. Rivers got the talk show on Fox.
She had wrinkles commensurate with a woman her age.
The lighting was normal performance spot lighting.
With the Normal Lens, the images looked normal. With the Sima S.F. & the 1.4 Teleconverter, all of her wrinkles disappeared. It was amazing.
After her talk show was cancelled, I was allowed to shoot her again. She had, had the first of her face lifts. So, the S.F., wasn't needed, anymore.
For my money she looked better, without the face lift, but with the Soft Focus & 1.4 Tele.
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I have the Canon FD 85mm f2.8 S/F lens that are quite rare these days, and with soft lighting ladies of a certain age certainly seem to appreciate it .
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Are the Nikon DC lenses "soft focus"? It was my understanding the "defocus control" only affected the out-of-focus parts of the picture, allowing you to vary the bokeh. Wouldn't you still need to put something in front of the lens for a truly soft focus effect?
Originally Posted by Softie
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah.
Spiratone marketed the Portagon (f4, 85mm -- I think) in the 1980s. It was a T-mount lens, meaning that you bought the correct lens adapter for your camera body.
The Portagon is a meniscus (one lens element) with plenty of softness and lots of chromatic aberration.
Canon led the way in developing plastic-bodied cameras for the general consumer. They split their line into two groups (bodies and lenses): Plastic wonders for the consumer and more rugged gear for the pros. The plastic stuff probably was good enough for the amateur and is priced appropriately today on the second-hand market. Same goes for the pro-level gear.
Imagon 120 is the best as mentioned on page one. Hard to find, but it is a real soft focus lens. I searched 10 years and spent $1000. Worth it.
Works the same on Nikon D700 as on film Leicas.
Dreamagon, simply weird. Lens baby just moves the focus plane around.
105 135 DC are not soft focus. They adjust where the zone of softness goes.
Milnolta made a 85 2.8 soft decades ago.
Nothing you can hang on a lens will make it soft focus, just blury. Softars are the best of this type. Use #1 for 35 mm.
Softars do not just make the image blurry.
They overlay a sharp image (!) with the effect of spherical aberration.
The sharp image doesn't go away because of it.
In my opinion, Softars are better than the Imagon. And much easier to use
But who nowadays uses soft focus? Are we on the brink of a revival?
^ If Spandex and leg warmers are making a revival, I don't see why soft focus couldn't? hahaha