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    I've got a Hassy 500c/m and a Rollei 3.5E, and two different Bronica models -- and I'm wondering if you, like me, would benefit from using a focusing handle on your lens? The Rollei is, in part, easy to focus because the knob is so easy to manipulate and rock back and forth. On my C Hassy lens, grabbing the narrow focusing ring can be less than easy, much less moving it easily back and forth. Try a handle -- it might really help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    and I am opposite...

    I hold the SL66 first (I have the "E" type, and the screen is nice and bright - and the focusing knob on the side is - for me - much easier than the front focusing of hasselblad..)- then the rollei 2,8, and I just cant focus proberly with the hassy....

    Maybe ones eyes makes the difference? I can't focus with a leica either (which is a good thing, as I don't have to even consider that camera....)

    Gandolfi, I agree about eyesight differences! The camera itself may need to be calibrated by a technician to ensure the viewing screen is aligned correctly. I had an RB67 once that was horrible in that regard until repaired.

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    I have a 501C with an acute matt screen and a Rolleiflex 2.8GX with Beattie screen. Whilst both are very bright, I'd say the Rollei is a tad easier to focus. Not enough to loose my sleep over it though.

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    Have you tried taking the reflex viewer off the 'Blad and using the OE flip up viewer? That way you'll be using an almost identical system to the Rollieflex - then you might see whether it's a problem with the different focussing mechanisms or the style of viewer.

    Although I have a reflex, I tend to use the flip up viewer most of the time, I find it lighter and much more adaptable. I've never found a problem dealing with the inverted image. It takes a little practice but, once you've got the knack, it's easy.

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    It depends, I'd say. It depends on eyesight of course but also on what screen you have in the camera. A Rolleiflex with an original screen can be iffy to focus. A Hasselblad with an Acu-Matte or a Rollei with a newer retrofitted screen (in my case a Mamiya RB screen) is equally easy to focus for me. I don't think you would gain a lot by getting a Rollei if you already have an Autocord.
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    I have considered a focusing handle, as that might help speed things up. I find that I spend extra time determining which direction to focus (since I frequently forget to eyeball the scale first.) A handle might make it behave more like the rangefinder lenses I'm used to.

    I've had the Hasselblad for a little over a year, so it could very well be that more practice is all I need, but I certainly appreciate the comments and suggestions here.
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    It's worth remembering that brightness of screen may not help with focusing. I have a Maxwell screen installed in my Rollei 3.5E, and while it's wonderful to compose with, I'm not convinced it's actually easier to focus with in general use than the darker/coarser Rollei screen I originally had in it. The Rollei screen popped in and out of contrast more, so it was quicker to focus. I can certainly focus the Maxwell screen in lower light than I could the Rollei screen, but focusing is slower, and has less of an immediate pop-in/pop-out feel in good light than the coarse Rollei screen did.

    I've never owned a Hasselblad, but I've used other similar format cameras [Bronicas, Mamiya RBs, etc] and I don't remember finding them any easier or harder to focus than the Rollei. I prefer the handling of the Rollei, though.

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    Jack,

    I notice that the subscriber picture (if that is you) is wearing glasses. I have a couple of Hasselblads and use the PM5 viewfinder and Acute-Matte screen. I have rubber eye cups on them but also had sent my reading glasses Rx to Hasselblad and purchased the appropriate eye piece so I don't need the glasses to focus. I don't know if they still offer that service but you may want to inquire about that. The focusing handle only works with a few of their lenses.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    I have never used a Hassy, but I have a Bronica etr ,also rolleiflex automat and rolleicord va2, and I find the rollei's much easier fo focus, they seem to snap into focus,while the bronny takes time to focus accurately, I prefer the rolleis,Richard

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    I don't know the hassi, but I use a Rolleiflex 3,5F with it's original screen for many years. It is my most used camera. Focussing is easy, with and without the manifying-glass.
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