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Old February 17th, 2014, 12:58 PM
Dawid Loubser Dawid Loubser is offline
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I am currently borrowing something you don't see every day - a Rodenstock APO Sironar-S 360mm f/6.8. For those of you who don't know, the APO Sironar-S's are the Leica optics in the Large Format world. Distinctly superiour contrast, resolution, and bokeh, compared to most lenses - with distinctly superiour prices!

The 360mm f/6.8 is the grand emperor of that line - by far the largest, heaviest, and most expensive. It covers 11x14in film easily, and takes 112mm filters!

My Linhof Technika is positively dwarfed by this beast, but I had to see what it renders like:

Once upon a tree (or three)

(360mm at f/6.8, Ilford HP5 developed in the kitchen sink, Linhof Technika V)

With a conventional camera for this sort of shallow-field-depth work (say, a full-frame camera with a 85mm f/1.4 shot wide open), one would have to pick having just the bottom-right in focus (or not). The focal plane control of the view camera allowed me to balance this composition in terms of fine detail (top-left vs bottom-right) without compromising the dreamy, abstract look I wanted by shooting wide open.

I absolutely adore B&W film for this type of work - no digital system could currently substitute.
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