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  • 135mm Soft Focus Test

    Don't remember if I posted these before. I was testing out an old Canon 135mm Soft Focus f/2.8 lens. I like the exaggerated soft feel, but definitely can easily be overused. Fun little lens that's relatively fast. Think I'll pull it out more often.







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    Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

    Interesting lens, I'd never heard of it before. I particularly like the keyhole photo.
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    • #3
      Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

      I think Canon still makes this lens. This type of lens was more popular pre-photoshop days where soft effects were done in-camera with filters. One day I'll dig into the lens design to figure out how the softness is achieved. It's intriguing in that it produces softness without looking completely out of focus.
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      • #4
        Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

        When I had that lens I believe the switch simply moves an element slightly forward. Its a fantastic portrait lens and great for low light conditions with its F/2.8.
        I still remember the day I bought my wife some soft focus filters...lol I thought they were so cool! I still dig them out every now and then.
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        • #5
          Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

          Color Efex Pro has an awful neat soft focus filter, which offers more control than an "in camera" lens solution. Still, this lens does produce a nice effect.

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          • #6
            Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

            I like the effect. Never knew there was a lens like this out there before. The key hole photo has to be my favorite though. The soft effect just works for the photo.

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            • #7
              Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

              Originally posted by thebdt View Post
              Color Efex Pro has an awful neat soft focus filter, which offers more control than an "in camera" lens solution. Still, this lens does produce a nice effect.

              The Glamor glow filter is similar in CEP 3.0. but I don't think you get this exact effect. Heck, I can do this without trying on my reg 135L hahahahaha

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              • #8
                Re: 135mm Soft Focus Test

                Ty, what is this soft focus thing? Everything looks normal to me.

                What was your aperture on #3?
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                • #9
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                  #3 was shot at f/4 all the others at f/2.8. You can dial in the amount of softness you want on the lens. I believe #3 was shot with very little or no soft focus engaged.
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                  • #10
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                    keyhole pic...hands down. Perfect.

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                    • #11
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                      I like the key hole shot and it works really well there. After looking at these, I think I prefer adding soft focus in post.
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