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Thread: framing aids ?

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    darr's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Multi Format
    B&H sells the "Visualizer" which is what it sounds like you want.

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    David A. Goldfarb's Avatar
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    Sep 2002
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    If you want something that works like a director's finder, the Linhof finder is it. I use it exactly as you describe (as well as for its intended purpose--as a finder for press-style shooting with a Technika and rangefinder). There's also a similar device made by Horseman, and there are some finders made by Fotoman and Gaoersi.

    The older style Linhof finders aren't too expensive. The older one crops the image as focal length increases. With the newer style, the frame stays about the same size and the image zooms in and out as you adjust it. I've owned both, and I think the new one is a worthwhile improvement, if you use it often. Both allow you to adjust for focal length and subject distance, which I don't think the Fotoman and Gaoersi finders do. I have an older Gaoersi finder for 6x17, and it has focal length adjustment, but not subject distance, and the distortion at the ends of the frame is pretty bad. I gather the Fotoman finders are an improvement over the Gaoersi finders, but it could also be that newer versions of the Gaoersi finders are better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Heath View Post
    g'day larkis

    a card with a rectangular hole

    but really you need to develop your eye
    For the first 25 years of my 30 years of photography I only had one lens per format -- usually a "normal" lens. This really did help me "develop my eye". I surprise myself how often I plop down the tripod right where it should be the first time, even in forest where the relationship between near and far objects is more critical with slight position changes than in the grand landscape.

    I also got good at using my fingers to form a viewer. But now that I have a selection of lenses with my 8x10 (159, 210, 300, 19" and now a 600) I do notice that my first guess is not as often the correct one with other than the 300mm. I think that a card with a proportioned hole in it, and a string for determining how far to hold it away from one's eye for a particular focal length is the cheapest and easiest way to go for those with multiple lenses. In the long run, one would probably need to use it less and less with experience.

    I usually close one eye, also. Seeing in 3D can be deceptive in judging a scene for representing it in 2D.


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