I know a lot of people are pushing 35mm, but have you looked at medium format?
Nice big film, nice big lens, nice bright viewfinder, or even hip level viewing. yes, they are big and heavy, and the film is hard to find (in a store on a shelf) and expensive but the results are great. As for focusing, I have a Pentax 6X7 with a metered prism that I shoot handheld and while I can focus it fairly easily, it takes me some dexterity to get the job done.
Just like everything else, as it gets harder to see, get a bigger one.
Yeah, it's sweet. It's known for that. I have one which I use quite a bit. It's good enough with glasses to not really bother me. Makes me wonder why they could get it right with that one and not equal it in some of their later ones.
Originally Posted by Jinxt
Brightest / easiest to focus manual SLR?
Yes. Winner by several lengths is the Leica R-8 / R-9. Bright AND Contrasty, which are usually conflicting qualities.
After that, a toss-up between an EOS 1v (with suitable screen) or a Nikon F-4.
Followed at a great distance by the rest of the field. Lots of good-to-focus cameras there, but the 3 really are superb.
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OM-1/1N/2/2N with 2-4, 2-13 screen. John
I agree that the Canon f1n has a bright focusing screen. It's sure heavy! The camera is built like a tank.
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I've heard that the AE-1 Program also has a fairly bright viewfinder.
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You probably can't beat a camera with the proper eye piece for your eye and a Maxwell screen installed. If this is a Nikon (F2 or F3 maybe) then you can also obtain a swing-away 2X eyepiece magnifier to attach to the eyepiece for critical focusing.
I found the Mamiya C330 hard to focus because it was relatively dark with a prism on it even in the day light.
Originally Posted by bblhed
The Hasselblad with the Accumat-D screens is easy to focus on the large viewing area.
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.
I've cycled through a lot of 35mm SLRs and the Pentax ME super and OM have the biggest, nicest viewfinders I've come across, although I prefer the Olympus because they don't focus backward. I sold my F4 because of the pathetic viewfinder. Half the viewfinder on a camera twice as big as my OM; I'll never understand some forms of technological devolution.
I agree with John. I have been using Olympus cameras for 27 years now. I just got to use an OM-3Ti with its standard 2-13 screen and a 55mm f1.2 Zuiko lens. The difference is like the difference of old TV and Hi-Definition TV.
Originally Posted by John Hermanson