I have a Toyo 45 AX with the standard, factory GG/Fresnel combination.
I have recently obtained an old AGFA Ansco 8x10 camera with a ground glass only.
The problem: I find this old camera much easier to focus accurately. I am suspecting the Fresnel lens in the Toyo is making the focusing difficult for me.
First question: Where should the fresnel be on this Toyo camera, in front or behind the GG? I assume it is correct, but am double-checking. (By "in front," I mean, between the GG and the front of the camera, just to be clear.)
Second question: If the Fresnel is supposed to be in front, and I decide to remove it, can I assume I will have screwed up the film plane on the GG in relation to the film-holder when it is inserted?
If this is the case, is there a spacer or some way to compensate for this? I'm shooting portraits with shallow depth-of field, so critical focus is very important.
If none of this works, perhaps I will try a pair of Dollar store reading glasses as a magnifier.