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    Just asking. How are your eyes? I have a bad astigmatism and was having focusing issues (go figure). Now with a new prescription, I get it pretty much dead on the mark everytime. So, just an eye-dea. (Yeah, I know, HAR HARRRR)
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    Try a rangefinder. I too have split prism screens on my medium format SLRs, which are a big help, but I still find my Mamiya 7II quicker to focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathantw View Post
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    I've just started to pick up using the 'blad again and I'm finding the same thing as you. Some of my photos are out of focus. I need to practice again. I know this is an analog user's group, but I picked up a relatively cheap digital back and I've found that focusing on that sucker is harder than it's ever been.

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    Huh? Why would the back (film or digi) matter when focusing a 'blad?

    Earilier this evening I was playing with my 503CXi with just a lens and no back (just the cap) to "practice" focusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    Huh? Why would the back (film or digi) matter when focusing a 'blad?
    That's a really good question, but it's one that that's been brought up and discussed numerous times in other forums. I didn't know about the "problem" until I actually had to try it. It's the weirdest thing. However, the problem exists. Autofocusing rules the roost when it comes to digital. One theory about the focusing problem is that it's because digital is so sharp that there's not room for error. I kinda-sorta believe it but not really.

    So, in my case it's just practice, practice, practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    Huh? Why would the back (film or digi) matter when focusing a 'blad?
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    A bad back might have the film plane wrong.

    No idea how common or even possible this is but if the film plane is wrong you're in trouble.

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    I only have the WL finder on my Hasselblad, so to check focus I use the little flip-up magnifier. Then I flip the magnifier out of the way and double check the framing on the full ground glass screen.

    If I take my time, which I'm more likely to do when using a tripod, I don't have any trouble focusing. However, it took a bit of practice when I first started using this camera and finder.

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