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    Viewing filter for assessing b/w?

    I read somewhere (Ansel Adams' books, maybe), that one can take a filter, dark green(?), and get an idea of what a scene will look like in black and white, before they take the shot. Does such a thing exist, and what is the designation of the filter if it does exist?

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    I use a color filter to view a scene. I go through different colors and a polarizer to see which will give the best contrast range for that particular instance. If you don't spend alot of time looking through them you will get a good idea of what to expect.
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    I have a monochrome viewer. The filter is brown an swivels in a self contained metal case. It measures approx. 2in x 1 1/2in x 1/2in. I don't recall where I got it but it is different from the one in the B&H link.

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    I seem to recall mine was designated wratten 89.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    get a digital that shoots in b&w and test filters

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    fstop: Is there a dedicated b/w digital camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Mack View Post
    fstop: Is there a dedicated b/w digital camera?

    With best regards.

    Stephen
    There was the Kodak DCS 760M. Built on to a Nikon F5 platform. Reportedly there were only 80 manufactured.

    Here are the specifications: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...0M/specs.jhtml
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    I've got a Logitech Fotoman FM-1 which, while it functions, has more flare than it used to have. I assume there was some outgassing which has obscured the sensor somewhat.

    My roommate in college had a Wratten #90 that we used to carry, in its original package and when we wanted to view a scene we'd unwrap the foil and hold in the air. In that style, I finally got my own a few years back and I do the same thing, just unwrap to look and gingerly replace it in the foil.

    There was a recent discussion that generally concluded these filters are not useful, but when I looked in my backyard, the jasmine bush literally popped out at me while in full color vision mode I barely noticed it from the background.

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    Zone VI made viewing filters for black and white. They had different ones with different ratio sizes to help you compose as well.

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