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Smooth Surprise

By keith selmes  
This is taken with an antique, unnamed, brass barrelled petzval lens, approximately 100mm and f/3. The smallest washer is inserted, giving about f/12.5.
I was surprised to get a reasonable sharpness, whilst also getting very smooth rendition and particularly smooth out of focus areas.
One to use again, more thoughtfully perhaps, this was, comparitively speaking a quick snapshot.

Update: I've been using the Petzval lens on a 5D more recently, as well as on large format cameras. There's a picture of the lens here

Tags: Crocus Close up Flowers and plants Petzval Portrait lens

Voters: TopsyTopping, geoffrey baker, Blenkinsopp and 17 more

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Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 2:21AM
the foreground iris has an almost 3D quality to it. Good colour and clarity.
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 2:24AM
Lovely result.
helenam 15 21
27 Mar 2006 2:31AM
this is quite stunning, to see this flower with a more muted colouring is very, very refreshing.
keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 2:34AM
Thank you for those very quick responses.
So good to have confirmation it isn't just a personal opinon - the old lens really does work. On a digital camera!
terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 2:39AM
Clear as a Bell
mule 17 68
27 Mar 2006 3:30AM
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
27 Mar 2006 8:55AM
This is an excellent image,stunning clarity & detail,almost a painted effect.Love this !!
Mwande 15 4 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 12:08PM
Wonderful shot
Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
27 Mar 2006 12:40PM
absolutely brilliant clarity and detail in this pleasant composition
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
5 May 2006 1:32PM
well presented
keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2006 1:06PM
Thanks for the thoughts.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
16 Feb 2008 8:37PM
Glad you linked to this image from the bokeh thread, because this looks great.

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