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    Focus finder

    Any preference on focusing aids?
    Pat
    What grain............................................. ...............
    Oh sorry, I forgot you don't shoot Large Format
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    Hmm...not from me sorry - I picked up a nice old one from here when I first started out...I can't even recall what the heck it is - it's small, sleek and a vibrant painted blue metal. I can't say it's the best because I only know it works very well for me - prints perfectly focused. I think for items like this I only trust them once I've used them with great success...perhaps there are better ways to go but I can't recommend any
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    A few years ago I picked up a "Ciba Chrome" focuser off the "bay". it's a weird plastic contraptionthat I never thought would work. I was totaly wrong. The best thing about it is the eye relief. You don't have to crouch down, and squint at a small spot, and it is pretty darn accurate. I also have a Omega grain focuser that I got cheap at a yard sale. It's better for really critical focus because of the front surface mirror. It's also a bit more delicate also.

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    I really like my Magna Sight. It has a large (39mm?) lens that is intended for focusing without bending over and putting the eye to the lens. But several years ago I learned the trick of attaching a close up lens and focusing with my eye to the lens for greater accuracy. It focuses on the actual image as opposed to the grain, so I find a line or detailed object such as a screw head or writing as my target and get very sharp focus.


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    I have a Magna-sight and a Microsight. I use the magna-sight first, the other when I'm having a problem focusing (read : no glasses on). The micro is a tad difficult for me but I like to have the grain sharp. Upon further thought, I mostly use the micro with smaller negs, dont really need it with 4x5 negs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by largeformat pat View Post
    Any preference on focusing aids?
    Pat
    This was discussed in some detail wo months ago here:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum41/7...tml#post931312
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Henderson View Post
    I really like my Magna Sight. ... But several years ago I learned the trick of attaching a close up lens and focusing with my eye to the lens for greater accuracy.
    Exactly what type of close up lens do you attach to a Magnasight? Anyone know where one can be purchased (the particular close up lens, not the Magnasight)?
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    Thanks guys. Thanks Ralph.
    I thought that there was something before.
    Pat
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    Oh sorry, I forgot you don't shoot Large Format
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