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Re: Thornton Pickard 5x4" half-plate view camera?

Originally Posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
Did the lenses of the day ever match the abilities of the huge negatives I wonder?

I was scanning some old family photographs over the weekend, some of which would have been taken on large format studio cameras. The quality was remarkably good for their age, but definition was somewhat lacking, which left me wondering which was the weakest link in the chain.
As it has always been, it's more about injecting 'soul' into the image and less about resolution, and certainly not sharpness.
Sadly, digital photography has turned the statement on its head. It seems now that sharpness is the ultimate goal, and sod the content. If it's sharp it's great.

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