Cooke Optics PS945 Portrait Lens
The Cooke Portrait lens is my favorite lens for photographing people in large format. This lens was recently added to my collection of fine optics. Here are some specs and facts about the lens, and the history of it.
The following is from Cooke’s description of the PS945:
“The original design of this lens is from the vintage Pinkham & Smith Visual Quality Series IV Soft Focus Lens used by early 20th century master impressionist photographers. These talented photographers made soft focus photography an art form using, most notably, Pinkham & Smith lenses, yet today, this original lens design offers much more. Use the Cooke PS945 to capture portraits, fashion, landscapes, weddings and for artistic experimentation. It lends an emotion to product shots that you just can’t achieve afterward in Photoshop.
The original Pinkham & Smith lenses achieve their distinctive soft focus in a manner different from other lenses. Using the traditional glass available at the time, craftsmen hand-corrected multiple surfaces of the lenses to achieve their unique soft focus look. The introduction of aspherical surfaces gave Pinkham & Smith lenses a higher-order spherical aberration that results (when the lens was used fully open) in an image with both very high resolution and a self-luminescent quality. Cooke has reproduced the unique performance of these hand aspherized lenses using modern design techniques that duplicate this unique soft yet high-resolution performance exactly.”
Portraits made with lens are here:
Cooke PS945 portraits
Cooke Portrait Lens Web Page
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