Optically - Zeiss Softar in Rear 52mm Filter Slot Nikon 300 f2.8?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by andre_noble|5, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Hey,
    I am the guy who was miraculaously saved from having to replace an expensive nikon 300 2.8 AFS I lens by the presence of the 52mm rear drop in filter of my aforementioned lens. http://www.photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00YIlx
    This has given me an idea since I like to shoot portraits with the 300- using a 52mm Zeiss softar inserted in the rear filter slot.
    Anybody tried this? Do you think it will work in terms of diffuse soft focus effect? Or will the picture look lumpy or have irregular patterns as the filter is the last before the film plane?
  2. If you are shooting digital, just go ahead and experiment with it. [A older suggestion: take a beater filter, apply some clear nail polish, let it dry. This should yield a less-than-clear view at a greater savings over buying a Zeiss softar filter.]
  3. Forgot to mention its for film. That's the point.
  4. Just make sure you can return the Softar if the scheme doesn't work out.
  5. I found info on the web that suggested it just might work out due to the long distance the filter sits away from the film plane in this case, even though the soft focus will sit in the rear.

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