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06-02-2012, 02:17 AM   #16
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I've used both, but I often use AF mode since it's tricky to see when a soft lens is focused.

By comparison, I suppose I'm more likely to use my FA31 in MF than the FA28 Soft. But I had to play with the aperture in the above shot to get highlights that looked close to round - the hexagonal shape (or however many blades it actually has) was fairly prominent until I got just the right combination of softness and roundness in the highlights. You can still see the shape, but it doesn't jump out at you like it did at some other apertures.

I think the shape of the highlights can be more important with this lens than with a typical midrange lens, simply because they can be such a prominent feature.

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Thanks. Realy like the idea of the smaller, faster K lens. Manual focus is a bit of a downer though. I wonder how well focus-peaking would perform on a soft lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
Why do you think there are photographers willing to pays huge amount of money to buy old portrait lenses?
May be to get out of the box soft effect rather than spending time on post-processing, so probably it's worth for someone taking a lots of photos with soft effect but for those who is comfortable with post-processing, I still feel post-processing is a way to go.
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May be to get out of the box soft effect rather than spending time on post-processing, so probably it's worth for someone taking a lots of photos with soft effect but for those who is comfortable with post-processing, I still feel post-processing is a way to go.
I guess you're then missing the "fun quotient".

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You may consider the Tamron 70-150/2.8 soft focus, model 51A.

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 70-150mm F/2.8 SOFT Model 51A

Without soft adjustment, the lens is razor sharp, even at f2.8, easily match with DA*50-135.
Soft adjustment is almost stepless, 0, 1, 2, 3.
between 0 and 1 is unnoticable.
1.5 is just slightly soft, while 2.5 and 3 is too much for my taste.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
You may consider the Tamron 70-150/2.8 soft focus, model 51A.
+1. A very good lens, sharp as a tack when the "Soft Control" ring is on "0", it goes wild when the ring is on "3":





Unfortunately, this lens is quite rare...

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Thank you both. The Tamron 70-150 2.8 Soft is very interesting indeed.

Unfortunately it seems to be as rare as hen's teeth!
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I also have a Petri 28mm f2.8 in M42 mount.
This lens has an unique property: Soft wide open, but sharp half click down, and razor sharp one click down.
Just soft enough for my taste.

Wide open:



Half click down:


Wide open:


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I also have a Petri 28mm f2.8 in M42 mount.
This lens has an unique property: Soft wide open, but sharp half click down, and razor sharp one click down.
Just soft enough for my taste.

I like that Petri! Unfortunately none for sale here in HK at the moment, but I'll be keeping a look out. Thanks.
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