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Old 05-06-2011   #1
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A three years search for a wonderfull soft focus lens (the Tamron SP 70-150 f/2.8 Soft focus) ended today because I received a parcel from the lensdoctor .

To celebrate this, show us your soft focus photo's in this thread.

A well know photographer that made use of soft focus is David Hamilton and here on the camel Ed Shapiro is the master.

Methods to create soft focus:
1) Use specialized lens
2) Put nylon stocking over your lens (pref. white or black)
3) Use vaseline (petroleum jelly) on an UV filter
4) Use a DIY aperture disk

Some background information on soft focus can be found here:
An illustrated guide to Antique and Soft focus lenses

List of soft focus lenses you can buy (warning they don't come cheap):
Imagon 120, 150, 200, 250 and 300mm
Mamiya RB67 150SF
Pentax 85mm f/2.2 k mount
Pentax 85mm f/2.8 FA AutoFocus
Nikon 105mm f/2 DC
Mikon 135mm f/2 DC
Nikon 90mm f/4.8
Canon EOS 135mm f/2.8
Canon FD 85mm f/2.8
Spiratone Potragon 100m f/4
Minolta 85mm F/2.8 Vari-Soft MD mount
Minolta 100mm f/2.8 AF
Sima 100mm f/2.8 T Mount
Fujinon 85mm f/4 M42 and Fuji mount
Leica Thambar 90mm f/2.2 LTM
Kenko 85mm f/2.5 multiple mounts
Kenko 45mm f/4.5 multiple mounts
Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF Sony Alpha Mount

and if you are interested here is patent (pdf) for controlling the aberrations.

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Hi Rense, I have never had a deliberately soft focused lens. I've had a few that never achieved focus, but that is about it. How do you find a well designed soft focus lens to perform versus, say, a diffusion filtered lens? I'm in Ft. Lauderdale at the moment taking care of some estate business. We head off on the cruise tomorrow which will depart from Ft. Lauderdale.
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Hi Kelly, soft focus is not the same as defocus (or camera/movement blur). A soft focus image often has a glow:

Soft.

With a soft focus you get a sharp core but with a soft flare:

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Diffusion filters properly placed in the focal path also produce a glow. Sort of a "Doris Day" effect, an effect named for an actress who was typically filmed with diffusion to hide her freckles. By the way thanks for the examples, they are very nice and do illustrate the benefits of such a lens quite well.
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Yes I know Doris Day with Que Sera Sera
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Yes I know Doris Day with Que Sera Sera
Right on the mark. :]
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Several months ago I briefly experimented with a nylon stocking and a small sensor p&s but the pattern of the stocking became visible. A dslr would generate better results.
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Here is an image I took recently. Does this fit in as Soft Focus? I used post production editing to get the affect, not a Soft Focus lense. I'm just posting this cause I'm not sure if it is or isn't what you're talking about. I'm kinda new to this stuff... lol.

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Several months ago I briefly experimented with a nylon stocking and a small sensor p&s but the pattern of the stocking became visible. A dslr would generate better results.
But the feeling is there!
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Here is an image I took recently. Does this fit in as Soft Focus? I used post production editing to get the affect, not a Soft Focus lense. I'm just posting this cause I'm not sure if it is or isn't what you're talking about. I'm kinda new to this stuff... lol.

Pete,
Digital is always a possibility. Your photo shows indeed the soft effect, but a connaisseur will spot that you have applied this effect in post production.


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