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    Yanke Ultra Bright Fresnel/Ground Glass Question

    Has anyone some experience with the :

    Yanke Ultra Bright Fresnel + Ground Glass 4x5 Camera

    I am searching for a bright groundglass/fresnel for my toyo. I am photographing in dark areas (windmills) and have problems with my current screen.

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    Am I the first that wants one?

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    OK, i will test my new fresnel i bought for my Shen Hao camera, i just got the fresnel with another accessories for my LF, in fact i don't know what this fresnel used for, but i think i have to see, i have Speed/Crown Graphic with GG, i am sure they are both attached with fresnel, so i will let you know what i will find out soon.

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    I'm interested to know too. My GG is about as dim as my safelight...
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    OK, the fresnel helped a bit to make it brighter or say it make it more clear to see through the GG, i will not say it will make a big noticeable difference, but it is better to focus using fresnel than without it.

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    I wrote about my fresnel saga a couple of years ago here on Apug, a very bad US supplier and eventually an old scratched fresnel arrived after more than 6 months.

    However the overall improvement was substantial, well over 3 stops brightness away from the centre hotspot, almost as good as my Wista's combination screen.

    So I'm puzzled by the answers here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Jan View Post
    Am I the first that wants one?
    I was hoping not... but maybe so?

    These screens look very nice in the photos. (Scroll down the page...)

    And if they perform as well as they look, I too might be interested. But I would also like to hear from a current user. Things are not always as they seem, and nothing beats direct, hands-on experience.

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    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    I had a shen hao with fresnel, but got a toyo 45aII with a bosscreen and sold the shen.

    It is however much 'darker' than my old shen fresnel. So i better had not sold the fresnel...
    You read this is the best, bla bla bla, but you own investigation tells different.
    Where is the time that we could go to a store to test something out in stead of buying something only and hoping that it is not that bad as i suspect...

    For my project in darker areas (windmills) i need the brightest i can get.

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    Fresnel screens in general are pretty cheap affairs, that is, when they're not for cameras. I wonder if we could source our own inexpensive fresnel screens?
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    Yes, my GG and fresnel of ShenHao is dim and darker than my Speed/Crown Graphic, so any recommendation about better GG and Fresnel for my Shen Hao 4x5

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