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Re: dreamy Nikon lenses


You can always set up an action in Photoshop to add the dreamy looks, but if you wanted to shoot it in-camera, you can't beat a "portrait" lens on a large format camera. On 35mm and DSLR, there are the Canon 135mm Portrait lens and the Nikon 105 f/2. Or you can slap a Zeiss Softar filter on anything and get that gorgeous soft dreamy look. They come in different strengths, and work beautifully on sharp Hasselblad lenses. I have absolutely no firsthand experience with any of this, however, just home-made Lensbaby-like devices from way back.

Remember Russ Young gave a talk at the same APIS that we first met? Subject was his dissertation topic: soft focus lenses. Even Ansel Adams owned one, so no need to feel guilty about it. (All those Holga fanatics are after the same thing).


On Jul 17, 2008, at 11:03 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:

Oh, whoops; I said that wrong--too MUCH depth of field.

Probably because I don't own a 2.8 or 1.4 digilens...

But I do own an old Nikon macro--may get that out.

And, of course, I do own a Sam Wang zone plate ;0