Michael, Paul's idea with the front group of a 12 - 14 inch Petzval is a good one. A really beautiful soft look. Another neat lens is the 11 inch Verito. Perfect for your wee cameras but take the front group away and just use the rear alone.


This portrait of John Merly was done on 14X17 with the rear group of the 11" Verito. It becomes about a 24 inch lens but of course for a portrait I was somewhere around 32 inches perhaps. Not so fast any more that way, but still very pretty.

OK, looking at this, calling Merly pretty is beyond a stretch.....