a thousand dollars is quite a bit of money.
i hate to suggest this, but i will ...
lens baby makes a single cell meniscus lens
with sink strainer apertures. it is basically their
take on one of the most popular portrait lenses
of all time - the rodenstock imagon. it is a glass lens,
and it comes in their new mount system.
you won't spend anywhere near 1000$
i am a big fan of soft focus portraits.
less sharp, less in critical focus allows the viewer
some lee-way in understanding an image.
while some may think soft focus is cheesy
ultrasharp and deep DOF can be just as bad.
its just another tool to work with.