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02-15-2010, 11:36
Really liked Roger's article on soft-focus technique in the March '10 Shutterbug.

Would like to to see more examples of Thambar shots with and without the center filter(?). Links? Anyone?

Flickr has a few, but few have any technical details... they do show some interesting bokeh!

Wondering - could you adjust the effect by using different center filters with different size spots?

Roger Hicks
02-15-2010, 11:54
Dear Chris,


The answer is almost certainly yes, you could adjust the effect with different centre filters, but Leica made only the one, and those are even rarer than the lens itself: many have been lost over the years. Also, in the days before through-lens metering, just one was complicated enough: there are two sets of aperture markings for use with the centre spot and without.

My own feeling is that the effects with the centre spot are totally over the top, but that's probably just how I use the lens.



02-16-2010, 10:57
I do enjoy Roger's articles. I'll most likely be picking up that issue to read on the plane next week. :)