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Re: dreamy Nikon lenses

OHH, that would explain it. They are really beautiful. I mean, remarkably so. And I can't just explain it by depth of field. It looks almost like a zone plate.

And, ohhhh, the color of that old Kodak film....don't want to start a digi/film war, but digital can be too sharp, too harsh, and not much depth of field. The creamy con-tone of the old films was really stupendous. But what does it matter when I am doing gum prints of these?

Of course, that would be minus the dust and mold I have to deal with...

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gregory Popovitch" <greg@gpy.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:10 AM
Subject: RE: dreamy Nikon lenses

Hi Christina, I think it is the lens. In the 40's lens were not coated and,
because of lens flare, bright image areas tended to bleed and produce
dreamy, glowy images. I had a friend using old screw mount leica lenses and
he often got this effect - white areas bleeding and creating a halo. If the
lens has some scratches it is even better :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:57 AM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: dreamy Nikon lenses

Good morning!
Some of you are quite knowledgeable on lenses. Do you know of a Nikon 35mm
lens that would have been in use in, say, the 40's, that produced really
dreamy, glowy images?

The slides I have are from the 40's to the 70's and there is a major
difference in lens between earlier and later. Or was it the film? I pulled
apart one of the glass slides and it is Kodak "safety" film.