Which Softar?

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I'm sitting here waiting for some computers to reboot, so I thought I'd ask a question! A local dealer has a special offer on Heliopan Zeiss Softar filters, and I thought I'd try one. I'd like to try it for some portraiture on 5x4" and 10x8" (platinum prints). I don't know whether to buy the Softar I or Softar II. Or both? Any opinions? If I like the soft focus effect, I might join the queue for the new Cooke portrait lens!

David Nash

-- David Nash (nashcom@btinternet.com), May 22, 2002


Depends on the effect you want. I've found that most clients (wedding image buyers, usually brides & their moms) pick the Softar II images as preferable. If you're shooting LF, though, don't forget the softness & pleasant flare given by old uncoated lenses... have fun!

-- John Burke (klyss@yahoo.com), May 23, 2002.

howdy david,

i'd take the camera and some film to his shop and try both. i personally own the softar I for my 6 by 7 camera setup. i find it sufficient so far.(no pun intended)


-- MILES FEIGENBAUM (mfa1@ix.netcom.com), May 23, 2002.

I too have the 1 and find it sufficient. The 2 to me is nice for a dreamy window light portrait but it is just a little to soft for me...

-- Scott Walton (walton@ll.mit.edu), May 24, 2002.

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