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    Hi : ) !!! - Hasselblad focusing screen problem!

    Hi,

    I have a Hasselblad 500C. To focus
    I use the regular viewfinder it came
    with the camera. I am assuming the
    focusing screen also came with the
    camera. (This camera I bought it
    second hand).

    I also bought from Kiev, the russian
    middle format maker, a 45º viewfinder.
    With this one, it is a bit harder to
    focus. It is not as if with the regular
    viewfinder may be a piece of cake to
    focus with, but it is much easier!

    I am blaming it all on the focusing
    screen! Is there a "cleaning" solution
    for the focusing screen that you may
    want to recommend or is there a brand
    name or model for a used screen that
    you may want to recommend??

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!

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    Is it possible that you need glasses and the 45 degree viewfinder needs a diopter?
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

    Regards
    Bill

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    It sounds as though the focusing screen is positioned correctly or the camera body is out of alignment. You may need a Hasselblad repairman adjust your camera.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    When I had my Hasselblad, I got one of the cheap focusing screens you find on eBay, sold from Hong Kong. With the 45 degree split, I found it much easier to use than the standard one. I got something very similar for my Rolleiflex from Rick Oleson, but I don't think he does Hasselblad screens.

    I find a very simple split screen can make focusing these things much easier.

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    While using Kiev 45 prism on Hasselblad, I found that is way easier for me to focus after I added -1 diopter to it. I'm wearing glasses all the time, -2.5 diopters on right eye. Took prism to local optical shop (the one where they rally know how to cut real glass) and they did it. Not expensive at all. After that it was way easier to use prism with all kinds of Hasselblad focusing screens. YMMV!

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    I don't know if they still do it but several years ago I wanted to be able to focus with the 45 degree prism finder and called Hasselblad. They had me send a copy of my reading glasses Rx and sent the appropriate diopter adapter.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    +1 for a split screen, the only way to go with a prism finder
    www.EASmithV.com

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
    http://www.flickr.com/easmithv/
    RIP Kodachrome

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    The only problem is that metering prisms don't work well with split screens
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

    Regards
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    OP MAY also have one of the old old old screens that is dark, fingerpinted, dirty, and damages.
    The OLD OLD screens are very dark, and the prism makes the situation worse.
    Hunt down a newer screen or just buy an accu-matt as they are worth it. Especially if you are using an f4 lens.

    Oh... is you lens stopped down? Just asking, as it sounds like the whole rig is new to you.

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    OP has a 500 C so popping out the screen and replacing it isn't so straightforward.

    IMO focussing a hasselblad takes a bit of experience and the prisms end up making things darker.

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