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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ser_Model.html
    (Link to Peak Critical Enlarging Focuser Model 1)
    Worth every cent.
    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.

    But more importantly, its an indispesible tool that will last a lifetime.

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    FLOL, guys

    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

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    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.

    Jed

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    I got a peak on ebay for 40.00. DR equipment is not the hottest item these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    OTOH, I am 3 to 4 diopters myopic; if you are farsighted then the things may be a God send.
    ...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
    Frank Schifano

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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?

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    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.

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    Does anyone know the difference between the Peak model i and the Peak model ii?
    Charles Hohenstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by sun of sand View Post
    2 pages of mostly Peak
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    FLOL, guys

    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
    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.

    http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/BO1010/
    Regards

    Ralph W. Lambrecht
    www.darkroomagic.comrorrlambrec@ymail.com[/URL]
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