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Waiting For A Flower - Reflector - Bottle w/Magnifiers - 16 1/2 inch Gundlach Achromatic Meniscus

I've exhausted any and everything I could think of to shoot w/the Kodak Portrait lens, but I was thrilled shooting w/this lens, a truly great and user friendly SF/portrait lens which is at this time, a fairly inexpensive semi-achromatic cousin of the Pinkham Smiths.

I've run out of things to shoot w/the Kodak, time to shoot w/something else, and w/a different motif, so I've reached for the one lens I haven't 'aired out', the Gundlach Achromatic Meniscus alias the Pinkham & Smith 'Synthetic'.  

The first shot is of a vase that I'd already shot w/the Kodak Portrait but w/a dark motif, the second image is of a plain reflector, and the third is of a decorative bottle flanked by two magnifiers. 

The Gundlach nee Synthetic wasn't given a lot of respect by some folks, and has snuck under the radar, compared to the more famous Semi-Achromatics and Visual Quality, but again, you can exhange the character/personality/signature of these lenses as you change subject matter/lighting/exposure and for me the different signatures of these various lenses are simply 'starting points' rather than a constriction.......These lenses can change/exchange personalities.

Some things that've become evident to me from messing around w/these things.....You do have a choice of whether you want a halo/glow/halation around your subject matter(underexpose-lower illumnation or increasing shutter time keeping the lens wideopen).........You can get  some sharpness/crispness/smoothness in the foreground subject matter and transition from that to the abstract/stylized background effects these lenses tend to create.........if you keep winding up w/mush when you use these lenses, mush that you don't want, it's you, not the lens.  

If making things soft were the only things you could produce w/these things, I would've stopped buying/using them a long time ago.   The way they create transitions from BR to FG, and abrstraction, and the surreal, is what keeps me excited about them.







Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:21PM by Registered CommenterJonathan Brewer | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Hi Jonathan,
they are absolut fantastic, specially the last one is superb. You have your one way making these wonderful photos, really excellent.
All the best from Berlin
stefan d

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterStefan D

Hey Stefan!!!

Great to hear from you!!! I hope you and your wife are well....How's everything in Berlin? Thanks for the very kind words.

It's good to hear from you while it's getting so close to the new year.

Take care Stefan

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

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