The clarity of the face is created by the special lighting. OOF characters
is different though, you can use a wide angle lens still get good OOF
effect. Of course here you don't need a wide angle lens for this portrait.
The standard 85mm portrait for 35mm may not be able to create this effect
but this also depends on the background distance, LF can do even the
background is very close. With 35mm system you may use a longer lens like
180mm but the perspective is different.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Moose" <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
> There are cyclical discussion threads here about the 'drawing'
> characteristics, expressed in many ways, of various
> lenses, old and new. And, of course, lots of individual comments on bokeh
> in individual posted images.
> At the Boston MFA recently, I saw an original print of one of the most
> reproduced photographs of all.
> The value of the old portrait lenses on LF is immediately apparent. On
> about a 2x3' print, maybe bigger, the detail and
> clarity in the face is excellent, but entirely without any edginess,
> somehow both smooth and sharp at the same time. The
> smoothness of both the transition into OOF areas and the smoothness of
> those areas is exceptional.
> I wonder if ANY lens designed for 35mm of smaller format can create such
> an image. Certainly none I've ever used nor any
> images I've seen posted here or elsewhere on the web.
> LF also means no noticeable grain in a large print.
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/