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09-22-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Difficulty focusing

Hi folks. I finally got a nice 75mm lens for my newly acquired 6X7 and the very first thing I noticed was how much difficulty I was having focusing the camera. I guess one thing is the fact that it is a very slow (4.5) lens and the other, and I think the most troublesome for me, is the matte focusing screen.
I was wondering if they have a different focusing screen for this camera available? A split image would be easier I think. Also does anyone know if focusing diopters are still available for this camera?
If anyone has any information they could provide I would appreciate it very much.

09-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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Beattie is the only company I know that ever made a screen with split, but not manufactured anymore. Sometimes one comes up on the bay, but you will have to get it professionally installed as it requires recalibration to the camera.
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Do you have the microprism on your screen? I think that is standard and works pretty much the same as a split prism. You can also put a 67II screen in an older 6x7/67. Take it out of the plastic holder and it fits. It's thinner but it's spring loaded in place and it's not a particularly easy thing to install. That will brighten your view up some. The telephoto screens are even brighter still but be advised it could cause metering errors.
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Yes, I think this screen has the microprism. At least that's what I think it is. I think if I work with it a little more, I'll get better at focusing. My biggest problem right now is that I need a + diopter in it. I've got old eyes. Are those around anywhere?

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QuoteOriginally posted by ugadog Quote
Yes, I think this screen has the microprism. At least that's what I think it is. I think if I work with it a little more, I'll get better at focusing. My biggest problem right now is that I need a + diopter in it. I've got old eyes. Are those around anywhere?
A waist level finder (aka folding hood) is one solution for aging eyes. It has a magnifying glass built in. But that kind of shooting doesn't appeal to everyone, apparently.
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