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    Which cameras focus properly?

    One thing that infuriated me when I got into photography was that there was no standardization on which direction twisty-focus lenses should focus. Some people just don't seem to care, but I personally think it's a big deal.

    All civilized cameras, including Leicas, focus to infinity by turning the lens clockwise (when viewed from the front) as God intended. Some cameras, on the other hand, focus toward infinity by turning the lens counter-clockwise (imagine!). I even have some 3rd party lenses for my Pentax cameras that focus different directions from the Pentax lenses!

    Every now and then, I read about some camera system on the internet and wonder which way it focuses. For example, do Hasselblads focus properly like a Leica or are they backward like Nikons? It makes a difference to me. So, I think it would be good to list them for reference. I will start.

    Proper cameras:
    Leica M--clockwise to infinity
    Olympus OM--clockwise to infinity
    Canonet--clockwise to infinity
    Mamiya 645--clockwise to infinity

    Deviant cameras:
    Pentax--counter-clockwise to infinity
    Nikon--counter-clockwise to infinity

    Others?
    f/22 and be there.

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    Proper cameras focus with a bellows and a rail
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    Your list is backwards, and the cameras you list as deviant are actually correct and focus the right way.

    As you you twist to move the focus towards infinity you are moving the focus out like loosening a screw or bolt, remember "Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey"?

    Just saying, one mans deviant and all. Honestly, I just turn until I am in focus, and twist the zoom until I like the composition in the viewfinder.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
    "Shouldn't it be more about the joy of producing and viewing the photo than what you paid for the camera?"

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    I wonder about many things. This isn't one of them.

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    Adjust focal length first, focus second yields sharper images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpulley View Post
    Proper cameras focus with a bellows and a rail
    +1!

    Actually I was going to ask the OP if he put on a sock and a shoe and sock and a shoe or a sock and a sock and a shoe and a shoe, or maybe fasten then zip or zip then fasten or....

    I concede that at least one person cares. I doubt the number is a lot higher than that.

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    I noticed it the first time I held a nikon, but it wasn't a big deal to me (I was interested in getting an F4 at the time). I ended up using canons, and now an RZ, which has a rack and pinion focusing system. I did think that the nikon's focusing system was backwards; but it was because I had been using a canon.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpulley View Post
    Proper cameras focus with a bellows and a rail
    +1


    Dude, sit back and enjoy a brew...

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    Infinity is with the lens closest to the film, tighty righty ;-)
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    Just get a pinhole! End of the problem.

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