All this reminds me of a time when my photo buddy, who IS a sharpness freak and used a Linhof for his color trannies, was starting to find softness in his shots. He’d complain about it, but never had his eyes checked and had never worn glasses. Finally, while we were driving to a vacation backpack trip to Wind Rivers in Wyoming, he was driving and I was starting to doze. The sun came out and he’d left his sunglasses out of reach, so I said he could use mine (prescription lenses). He put them on and shrieked “My God, look at the trees on those ridges … they’re so SHARP", and kept wearing them. But after a short time, they began to bother him (not the right Rx) and had to take them off. But the message had made its impact … get his eyes checked. After we returned home, he had them checked. It turned out that we were unaware that we both used the same office to have glasses made. I had to visit that office soon after and the optometrist started telling me of a guy who ordered bifocals – but he wanted the reading part placed in the TOP of the lenses so that when he was under the darkcloth with his camera, and leaning forward to view the groundglass, it would be more comfortable to see out the top of the lenses. You guessed it – it was my buddy. His trannies regained their sharpness.
FWIW, the vacation trip was cut short when he caught a virus that drained his energy, and it hit with full force after reaching 11,000 ft and we had to back down. It took him months to regain his energy level.
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