First tests with my Arca Swiss...love it!!!

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    I am not sure if they are strictly speaking Large format as I was using my digital Hasselblad back for the first tests this weekend but here they are.
    Made with my new Arca Swiss f-metric 4x5 and Cooke PS945 lens.
    I am still waiting for the extra long bellows but this worked also for close-ups but am already in love with this combo...
    All pictures are from my garden. 20170409_-3.jpg 20170409_-2-2.jpg 20170409_-2.jpg
     
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    I like these very much. How are you finding the Cooke PS945 lens
     
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    Thanks a lot, Ian :) I like it very, very much but I love soft focus lenses for my work anyway and have for example also an old Verito and Eidoscope and I also use an old Cooke Anastigmat so I knew what I wanted.
    It is beautifully soft at f4.5. What is nice though is that when you stop it down it loses the softness so you can also do any other kind of photography like with my old ones. But I love them wide open. :D:rolleyes:
    Apart from that it is also a beautiful lens to look at though relatively big and heavy but since I usually go on walks with one or max 2 lenses only, I don't see it as a problem.
    Here a photo of my set-up ;) 20170410_121327.jpg
     
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    Very nice indeed.

    When you are printing on Kozo, are you using a custom ICC profile or one from Epson.

    Do you also soft proof for the paper ?
     
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    For the Epson Kozo I found the ICC profile from http://www.garywornell.com/kozo/printer-profiles/ to be very good, for my Awagami Kozo papers I make the ICC profiles myself and I always do small test prints first to double-check.
     
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    Whats is the difference between the Epson Kozo and the Awagami Kozo papers
     
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    You get different types of Awagami Kozo (e.g. Thick, thin, double-layered, white, natural,...) and the structure is different. The Epson is definitely much easier to print and remove from the backing paper but I don't like the feel of the backside so for my book I started to use the Awagami - would not matter for wall-mounting. The Epson is also cheaper and you get blacker blacks but since I prefer a softer look the Awagami works even better for me. All are beautiful papers and in the end a matter of preference.
     
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