I've been using the peak I for twenty years. A great tool! Perhaps I'm being picky but I try to remember to put the eyepiece cap back over it after my printing session while I'm doing cleanup with hot water and doing washing and toning. Moisture particles in the air at that time can certainly land on the eyepiece and it will begin to accumulate particulates, so I cover up the surface that is exposed upwards to the air.
Originally Posted by ic-racer
But more importantly, its an indispesible tool that will last a lifetime.
2 pages of mostly Peak
1 original post containing "Don't want to spend a lot"
C'mon! WTF are you guys thinking. No need to prove your merit as a photographer in this thread by making sure everyone knows you afford yourself the best discernment can offer ..just prove yourself a good listener.
the 1st post links to $250
I'm sure that was a great help
Oh, Ferrari is good quality? OKAY.... lol
I want you to know that this makes me extremely suspicious of you people
Moisture particles on your peak? YOU WISH
What is this
A yahoo group for Peak 1 grain focuser users..Maybe I need to reread this thread HAHA
I certainly have silicosis ..what can I do to avoid this particulate accumulation catastrophy
Too many big words I should just indispensably transparently die
I don't even know the brands I use
I think one is a samigon and the other looks like that magnasight
I've focused with eye only and when put the magnifier on I don't have to move anything ..cheap if you're able
I don't know what kind of magnifier doesn't help to focus anything but I believe I'd call that either operator error or BROKEN MAGNIFIER lol
but I'm just joking and now cannot give a fK about your problem
Well, in response to the post above, it is all about perspective. Your point is well taken. I would advise the O.P. to print by eyesight until they can afford a grain magnifier. But a cheap magnifier can be a pain to use - hence the suggestion of the Peak model. I have used several, and much preferred the Peak 1 model when I owned one.
The "trick" I was taught is to remember not to focus on the easel, but to focus instead on an old sheet of photo paper.
To spell it out: Take a "bad" print that you were going to throw away. Flip it over, so the white side of the paper is up. Place it on top of your easel. Turn on enlarger lamp. Now, focus on that sheet of paper - lens wide open. Stop your lens down to f5.6 or f8. Turn off the enlarger and remove the old print from the easel. Place a new sheet of photo paper on the easel. Turn on the enlarger and print away. Your image will be very sharp, unless eyesight is extremely poor.
I got a peak on ebay for 40.00. DR equipment is not the hottest item these days.
...and I'm exactly the opposite, requiring +4.5 diopters to see at 1 meter- More for close work. A grain focuser helps a lot. I use this one and it's pretty good. The real cheap ones aren't worth the money
Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan
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Instead of using a grain focuser, I use one of these:
The Exact Focusing Film!
They look like this:
Does anyone know where I can get more of these suckers? There absolutely AWSOME. Just stick one in a neg carrier and focus away! I managed to find the one I have now at a garage sale but I havent been able to find ANY information on these things online. I guess I could make one with lith film...but it would be nice if I could come across more of these. Could anyone shed some light on focusing film?
I used an old square focus finder (can't think of the name) for many years. It was very good to focus with as the viewing area was about 5cm square. Kind of reminded me of one of the old style slide viewers. And I alos had a Paterson one at the same time but it was the "ancient" focussing box I used the most.
When I had the money, I purchased an Omega; cost me $AUD50 from my local camera store.
Does anyone know the difference between the Peak model i and the Peak model ii?
Buy this one, you won't regret it. Forget the Peak, they are good but too expensive and the Microsight offers better magnification, which is important for fine-grain film.
Originally Posted by sun of sand
Hang on to this. You can find something similar with Edmund Scientific, but it will cost you a lot of money.