If you have been following with any interest what Gandolfi
has done with his Plasticca lens you will quickly note that the
distance from the subject has much to do with the resulting
personality and behavior.


1907 Thomas Flyer, 24" B&L Projection lens

The Plasticca has a signature rather similar in concept to
a petzval lens, but it's different.  Similar in that it only
resolves well in the center, like a Petzval and then as
you move out from the axis it goes all to pieces fairly
quickly.  This is evident in Emils' shots where he shoots
at near infinity with a very busy background of shrubs
that are also out of the depth of field.


1907 Thomas Flyer, 24" B&L Projection lens, 35mm film area crop

But when you move right in and get closer than infinity
focus the range of resolution expands in relation to
the entire scene.  So some of these pictures seem
almost sharp.  An extreme example is the faceplate
of an old Gilbarco gas pump where I'm only about
18 inches away.  Here the picture is almost normal
with just the hint of defocus.


1907 Thomas Flyer, 24" B&L Projection Petzval lens

At normal portrait distances for a head and shoulders
this is just about perfect.  The Plasticca covered
the 6.5X8.5 format easily.  I think this 12" is perfect
for full plate.


1932 Lincoln "Greyhound" Plasticca 12" lens

The 3 photos of the 1907 New York to Paris Champion
Thomas Flyer were done with the 24" Petzval.  On full
plate 24" is rather like an 85mm on the Nikon.  It gets
you in a bit.  The crop of the Thomas nameplate is an
area the size of a piece of 35mm film.


1932 Lincoln Plasticca 12" lens

The Fry gas pump is not part of the National Auto Museum.
It stands sentry in the little town of Mason Nevada.  One of
very few remaining in it's original location nearing 100 years!
It is backlit by bright sun and speaks well of how the
Plasticca lens can handle a very bright scene.  The Gilbarco
nameplate on the next page is also at Mason.


Fry Gas Pump, Mason, Nevada. Plasticca lens.

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