Quote Originally Posted by fritzphoto View Post
Good point. So what was it that gives that lovely super-shallow depth of field and that difficult-to-describe bokeh?
Even at f:8 there isn't much depth of field if you're using a 360mm lens on 8x10". There's a lot more with a 210mm on 4x5", but it's still pretty shallow!

And as I said most portrait lenses were f:3.5 Petzvals, with a few f:5 to f:6 "Portrait Aplanats" mixed in.