What a cracker! I am a huge fan of 'soft-focus' with large format where the resolution (particularly through contact printing) renders a wondrous plasticity to form and substance. My greatest ever regret with having Ebay as a friend is that I flogged off a 1948 Kodak Portrait lens with which I used to shoot almost wide open. As Mary Hopkin once sang: "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end ....."
I have also had Rodenstock Imagons, but something similar just isn't the same.
"Photography was not a bastard left by science on the doorstep of art, but a legitimate child of the Western pictorial tradition." —Robert Galassi