Steve, I really appreciate your kind words, many thanks!
Garrett/Barry, thanks so much for all the valuable information. I'm still a LF newbie and deeply grateful for all inputs. Not long ago, I came across the petzval and soft focus lenses and immediately fell in love with the images they are able to create. Jesus!, this pictorial look definitely stirs my blood (I'm especially fond of A.L.Coburn's and A.de Meyer's work). I'll post another thread (on SF lenses) and would be glad about your comments.