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    Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Are any lenses available in the MF world that have the "look" of vintage portrait lenses or the current Cooke 945? If not, are any adaptors available that will allow vintage/Cooke 945 lenses to be used on any MF body. (PS: my only interest is film).

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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by Tex View Post
    Are any lenses available in the MF world that have the "look" of vintage portrait lenses or the current Cooke 945? If not, are any adaptors available that will allow vintage/Cooke 945 lenses to be used on any MF body. (PS: my only interest is film).

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    I can save you a bunch of time ---- I've looked high and low for a lens that renders like the Cooke in MF land, and have not found it. The sink-strainer designs don't cut it and neither does the Mamiya 145 SF lens, but it closer. Closest yet are the Hasselblad 110 f2 F/FE lens, and Mamiya 80mm f1.9 lens, but only when either is shot wide open -- stop en down at all and the look goes away. FIlters and CS effects don't cut it either.

    My .02 -- but if you find it, be sure to let me know ASAP!
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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I can save you a bunch of time ---- I've looked high and low for a lens that renders like the Cooke in MF land, and have not found it. The sink-strainer designs don't cut it and neither does the Mamiya 145 SF lens, but it closer. Closest yet are the Hasselblad 110 f2 F/FE lens, and Mamiya 80mm f1.9 lens, but only when either is shot wide open -- stop en down at all and the look goes away. FIlters and CS effects don't cut it either.

    My .02 -- but if you find it, be sure to let me know ASAP!
    have to agree with Jack on this.. having shot the Cooke extensively, and also having the Mamiya 80/1.9 and Zeis 110/2

    you might be able to do it via the SK Grimes way

    http://kikamulitzlivno.blogspot.com/...1_archive.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimCollum View Post
    have to agree with Jack on this.. having shot the Cooke extensively, and also having the Mamiya 80/1.9 and Zeis 110/2

    you might be able to do it via the SK Grimes way

    http://kikamulitzlivno.blogspot.com/...1_archive.html
    Thank you for the link. I am thinking about adaptation of some old lenses for my Simar M ( V mount).

    As far as I understand the Cooke 945 is a totally new aspherical soft focus lens with A very interesting look. I am trying to order the lens, it is being sold now.
    There are some images on the Cooke site, and they resemble the imagon images more than vintage Cooke.
    I wonder how the 945 works with a digiback
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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by Yevgeny NP View Post
    Thank you for the link. I am thinking about adaptation of some old lenses for my Simar M ( V mount).

    As far as I understand the Cooke 945 is a totally new aspherical soft focus lens with A very interesting look. I am trying to order the lens, it is being sold now.
    There are some images on the Cooke site, and they resemble the imagon images more than vintage Cooke.
    I wonder how the 945 works with a digiback
    Yevgeny
    I've shot with it using a Betterlight and an Aptus 75. It works great on either of them

    (here's an article from Mike Collette.. He owns one of them..

    http://www.betterlight.com/soft_lens.html )

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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by JimCollum View Post
    I've shot with it using a Betterlight and an Aptus 75. It works great on either of them

    (here's an article from Mike Collette.. He owns one of them..

    http://www.betterlight.com/soft_lens.html )
    Jim,

    Thank you very much for the info. It is encouraging to know that the lens works and keeps its character even with smaller sensors.

    Did you use the Cooke and Aptus 75 with a view camera?

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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    It's long for a digiback ~~ 228mm. What's interesting is I used mine on 8x10 and it illuminated fully with a gorgeous rendering, at least IMO. Here is one of those from an 8x10 original. Seriously, I loved that lens and if any single thing makes me yearn for shooting LF again, that lens is it:

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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    That's a gorgeous shot Jack.

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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    That look reminds me of my (ex-) 80 Lux, a great lens. I think from time to time about dabbling a little in 4x5" or 8x10", just for the fun of it, but I haven't made the jump yet. There ought to be some great deals to be had in second-hand view cameras these days, but I wouldn't have the foggiest where to start.

    Is this the lens:

    http://www.cookeoptics.com/cooke.nsf...rgeformat.html
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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Yes indeed!
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    Re: Cooke 945 "look" in MF

    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    That look reminds me of my (ex-) 80 Lux, a great lens. I think from time to time about dabbling a little in 4x5" or 8x10", just for the fun of it, but I haven't made the jump yet. There ought to be some great deals to be had in second-hand view cameras these days, but I wouldn't have the foggiest where to start.

    Is this the lens:

    http://www.cookeoptics.com/cooke.nsf...rgeformat.html
    It's quite different from the 80 lux, even though Jack's still might show a bit of a resemblance.

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