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RE: dreamy Nikon lenses

Yes, and what's even better is that both old scratched-up lenses and zone
plates are cheap!

I also find these effects really beautiful, to me they are in the same
spirit as using cheap plastic lenses (less predictable results though) or
what Keith Carter is doing with warping the plane of focus using a
Hasselblad Flexbody or a specially glued-in fixed aperture f1.1 lens on
another Hasselblad body. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 10:25 AM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: 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 :-)
> gregory
> -----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.
> Chris