QUOTE]Originally posted by binbeto How abt there are cheaper alternative?
Like using stocking and vasceline? [/QUOTE]
Results can be unpredictable....can get away on digital but not on negative or transparencies unless you are ready to waste polariods.
I use the Hassie Softar 1 & Nikon SF 1, the effects cannot be duplicated by PS , close but far from the same.
Soft Filters like lenses has different end results when light passes thru it....and yes usually more flattering for female potraits among other situations. Warm filters like 81A also one of a kind when use correctly and for appropriate situations.
So cannot tick on anyone of your poll options.
Use it when the situation calls for it according to what you visualise to create your picture.
True. But that suggests that you can't get as good or even better results with Photoshop.
I like my Softars and my Soft 1s as much as the next person, and I own them both. I would say they are both easily emulatable by Photoshop. Not "the same" in the strictest sense of that word (in fact, I'd be surprised if one Soft 1 to the next yielded "the same" results in the strictest sense of the word...), but certainly emulatable.
As already mentioned, what Photoshop can do that both the Softar and Soft 1 cannot do is produce a perfectly sharp (in the sense of being un-soft) image. And it can also produce more blur, less blur, in between blur. Whatever that means, but you get my drift.
Like I said, I'm a great big fan of the Softars and the Softs. Not a fan of their price (nor Photoshop for that matter), but I like all three for what they're capable of achieving.