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    Quote Originally Posted by RJS View Post
    Hocus Focus is a really inexpensive, fast focusing aid. You don't have to bend down, it works toward the edges - looks cheapo but is great.

    I can't find this product anywhere. Where can I see it, and order it?

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    I'll have to agree with the Bestwell Magnasight. You'll see em in the classifieds for a steal at about $25Nice scopes.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    The Hocus Focus is availeble from Nova in the UK. Doesn't beat a Peak Model 1 though..

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    I would reccomend the Kaiser Focus Scope. The best I have found and useable with both eyes like a slide viewer..



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    Peak with the long mirror so you can get into the edges and corners. Then you can use it for enlarger allignment too.

    Previously sold under Omerga grain focuser name.

    If you don`t care about edges, there is a 25x one good for center only. Forget the name. Has a round base

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    Peak Model 1.

    The best I've used and I've been printing since 1972.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ser_Model.html
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    I agree the Peak Model 1 is good, but I still prefer the Micromega Critical Grain Focuser it will work from any point on the easel and has a great diopter so that I don't need my glasses once it's set. It is also made of metal so I don't have to worry about it distorting in extreme heat. I still have my Scoponet and Microsite III both work well, but the eyepiece is fixed and will only work from the center of the negative. which is fine until you start working on 20x24 or larger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    I have used most of them and I can't say the focus I can find with my eyes is any different from that found with a focuser.

    Try it yourself: focus visually, then put in the focuser and see if any adjustment is needed. If not, then there isn't much point in the focuser. OTOH, I am 3 to 4 diopters myopic; if you are farsighted then the things may be a God send.
    Not my experience. Maybe, my eyes are not as good as yours, but my grain focuser does a better job than I can do with the naked eyes. Having said that, I'm not sure that I actually need the accuracy of the grain focuser, because the depth-of-field blurs the difference between the two focusing methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brofkand View Post
    Hello again!

    I'm on the lookout for a new grain focuser. I have a plastic Paterson job, and it doesn't do a good job. It's pretty dim (being made of plastic) and doesn't really help focus anything. It's REALLY hard to tell when it's focused.

    Can anyone recommend a good focuser, one that will last? The ones we have in our lab at school are all-one piece of metal, and they seem to do the job well.

    Does anyone have experience with this one: http://www.freestylephoto.biz/473109...er?cat_id=1602 ? Is it any good? I don't want to spend a lot of money.
    I have two grain focusers, one that costs me $50 at Calumet about 12 years ago (1st image below) and one that costs me more than $250, five years later (2nd image below).

    I mainly use the cheaper one, because it has a higher magnification (20x) and is very reliable. The other is better for focusing into print corners (the cheap one cannot do that), but I almost never need it anyway, and it's 10x magnification fails to resolve my film grain (MF and LF Tmax100 or 400 in D76 1+1 on 11x14 paper), which kind of misses the entire purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    I have used most of them and I can't say the focus I can find
    with my eyes is any different from that found with a focuser.

    Try it yourself: focus visually, then put in the focuser and
    see if any adjustment is needed. If not, then there isn't
    much point in the focuser. OTOH, I am 3 to 4 diopters
    myopic; if you are farsighted then the things may
    be a God send.
    No God send needed. I agree, a grain focuser is no
    more than an extravagance. I'm a little far sighted
    so use a pair of reading glasses, both eyes open.
    I've two pair, one for very close viewing.

    Be reasonable. Most focus with the lens wide open.
    If the image is judged to be as sharp as can be
    stopping down will only make it sharper.

    To put it a little differently; have you a sharp
    image on the easel? Does the image look sharp?
    Wish to be doubly sure it's sharp? Well then,
    stop down from wide open.

    Actually the matter goes even farther.
    Bad vision at any reasonable viewing distance?
    If so focus as well as can be done. The image will
    not look sharp to the eye but a sharp image on
    the easel may be assumed. Stopping down
    will only improve upon the projected
    image. Dan

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