Help me get a better focus screen for my 500CM

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  1. Katie

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    So instead of investin heavily in another system, I've decided to just make the one I have the best it can be. I am going to start with a new focus screen. I have a Hasselblad 500CM with the standard screen and shoot with the 50 and 120 CF lenses. I usually shoot wide open with both - and do portraits, candids and the occassional landscape (which I will close down the aperture for). I have multiple systems both 35mm and MF, and have found that I prefer manually focusing using a screen similar to the Canon EG-s where depth of field is easily seen over the whole screen. I am not happy with just a split screen, as I usually don't compose in the center (and find that it goes dark most of the time anyway...). Is there a screen that will help aid me in critical focus - not so worried about it being dark, but brighter is obviously better. Accute Matte? Beatte? Off brand? I have looked at them all but don't know what I need... don't need frame lines or grids, and the split screen would only help with centered comps.

    ???

    THANK YOU!
     
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    I use the Minolta made one and like it alot, it's quite clear and bright.


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    Not cheap, but the ones I have from him are a big improvement--one for a 500CM and the other for an Ebony 4x5:

    Bill Maxwell
    Decatur, GA (if I remember correctly)

    404 244 0095
     
  5. Katie

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    Can you give me a ballpark on the Maxwell screen before I call and find out that it is totally out of my league?
     
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    It would be better if you called him, too many options and too long since I talked to him. Just tell him upfront that it is for a 500CM with a plain screen and that you are concerned about the price and you need some comfort about that before you bother him about what lenses you use and any other features you want.
     
  7. Dan Daniel

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    Rough ballpark of a Maxwell screen is around $200. Just so you have a general idea. Not $25, not$75, not $400.

    I do not know about installation and such. On Rolleflexes they are usually installed and adjusted by him or one of the better repair people. I don't know how Hasselblad works, although I assume that it must be standardized on models with interchangeable screens.

    I have one of his screens on a Rolleiflex. Wonderful.