Soft lens designs were geared for
format portraiture when they were made. In 8X10
you take advantage of the massive area so that
detail doesn't get lost with a soft focus lens. But
did the designers know how to translate that down
to 4X5 without the image becoming so much mush?
To test the little guy on 4X5 I
set up a small
bouquet on top of the piano that would have
fine light on it. For two of the shots I included
f4.7 (wide open), f6.3 (one stop closed) and f12.5.
The differences are drastic. What a gorgeous
little lens. Much more work to do with this
one, but these are a start!
bouquet #1 f4.7
bouquet #1 f8
bouquet #2 f4.7
bouquet #2 f6.3
bouquet #2 f12.5
bouquet #3 f4.7
bouquet #3 f6.3
bouquet #3 f12.5
As always, let me know what you
think! Did the
lens designer make the translation well?