View Poll Results: What focusing do you use mostly.
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Marko, that poll is irrelevant to the question and doesn't belong in this category.
Take it easy on the polls, please.
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I'm been driven so crazy by these needless polls, I forget !
I think the poll should be revised a bit. First thing is that unless you have a Nikon SLR with a waist level finder (or an old Exacta), then ground glass focus would not belong in a 35mm question. There is also an issue of scale focusing, which is not really guess focusing. A little bit of practice, and lenses mark with distance scales, can get quite accurate in focus images.
Other things would be the ability to change screens on some SLRs. The split circle screen on manual focus SLRs is sometimes called a rangefinder. There are also smooth screens for some SLRs, so perhaps those could be termed ground glass, though different from a waist level finder or large format.
As to your question on how to focus a rangefinder. I find there are two good approaches that work quickly. One is to have your lens at infinity, then turn it one direction until your viewfinder image comes into focus. The variation on that is to have the lens always at closest focus. This idea tries to get you to mostly move the lens in one direction, rather than hunting back and forth.
A little aside on this is that many old folder cameras can allow mounting of an external rangefinder. You focus with that device, read the distance, then transfer that to the distance scale marked on the lens. In a way that is guess focusing, since the rangefinder is not coupled to the lens, but in practice can be very accurate.
Your troubles with the old Rollei could be a result of somewhat dirty or fogged optics. When the rangefinder optics are clean, then the contrast is good enough to easily focus. Another technique issue is keeping your eye centred in the viewfinder, which can take some practice. Just keep using it more, and i think you will figure it out.
I read your original post incorrectly. I thought you had the Rollei 35 RF. I see you mention only a Rollei RF. That could only refer to the Rollei XF 35. However, the same suggestions that others have offered still apply.
Marko, you are FAR too keen on meaningless polls.
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Just look for a patch of detail of almost any kind in your subject and focus on that. Sometimes turning your camera 90 degrees to focus helps.
Originally Posted by Markok765
I aim the AF patch to where I like to focus and press "lock" with my thumb
1. I cannot cast a vote because the focusing method I use depends on which camera I am using.
2. The SLR voting choice is meaningless because how I focus with an SLR depends on which focusing screen (split-image, microprism, ground matte, etc.) is installed in the SLR.
3. How will the results from this poll help you with your focusing problem?
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
If the RF patch is no longer bright enough, one method, cited by Rick Oleson, is to put a small piece of electrical tape over the VF window. I've found that with older FSU RFs the method works well.
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