[rollei_list] Re: Kodak Portra 400 120 and Pro Image 100 35mm

  • From: `Richard Knoppow <dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:08:51 -0700

Progressive lenses are sort of wedge shaped. I think most are arranged so that they focus for distance through the top and focus closer toward the bottom but they could as well be ground in the opposite direction for people who want them that way. I have never had progressives, however, I had tri-focals for a while and found them very annoying so never did that again. I also never tried bi-focals. I would rather have different glasses for different distances. I find the loss of accomodation more annoying and inconvenient than just the nearsightedness alone. Loss of accomodation comes with age. It varies among people but is inescapable. When I began to use a Rollei (Rolleicord) in highschool I could focus pretty sharply at moderate distances and could also focus on the finder screen and the setting windows. That began to get tough in my late twenties when I discovered I needed glasses to drive especially at night. Fortunately, I still have pretty good vision despite nearly three-quarters of a century at the same old stand. Now my hearing is a different story: not happy for someone who used to be a hi-fi expert.

On 7/26/2015 6:23 PM, Nancy Kennedy wrote:

Hello Ferdi, as well as everyone else who replied to my inquiry.

Thanks to all of you for your helpful comments. I feel encouraged.

Ferdi, my understanding of progressives is that they don't have a definite transition between the three areas, and that helps because the transition line can obscure the vision.


*From: *"Ferdi Stutterheim" <fwstutterheim@xxxxxxxxxx>
*To: *"rollei list" <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Sent: *Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:01:06 AM
*Subject: *[rollei_list] Re: Kodak Portra 400 120 and Pro Image 100 35mm

Hello Nancy,

You are not alone. We have discussed glasses and focusing screens before. I have what you call progressives. They also have cilinders to correct astigmatism. The astigmatism is the main reason for me waring glasses.

In my country progressives are called varifocals. I use French Varilux glasses. They are quite expensive because the areas of good focus are relatively large. When focusing the TLR I use the magnifier for critical focus. I have to "hunt" a bit with my head to find the right spot in my glasses.

Using the magnifier I could do without glasses but then I cannot read the dials on the camera so that is not very practical.

I am confused by your progressive trifocals. Confused just by the name. Trifocal suggests three separate areas with noticeable boundaries between them, on the other hand I remember from earlier discussions that progressives are like our varifocals, a gradual change without boundaries.

For focusing screens I use the brighter varieties. Two TLRs have Beattie Intenscreens and the GX has the latest Rolleiflex High-D screen. High-D is not available for the classics like your F. Another camera has a Maxwell Hi-Lux screen. Sometimes focusing with a bright screen is difficult but at the end of the day I prefer the bright screens over dimmer ones.

It may take some time to get used to new glasses.

Best regards,
From my MacBook Pro.
Ferdi Stutterheim,
Drachten, Netherlands.

> Op 25 jul. 2015, om 23:09 heeft Nancy Kennedy <njkennedy@xxxxxxxxxxx> het volgende geschreven:
> For the group: I have an issue with my newly purchased Rolleiflex Xenotar 3.5F - my eyes. I'm 60 and use eyeglasses. It's been years since I used any camera due to my eyesight. No matter what I'm doing, time of day or lighting, I have trouble manually focusing and reading the small letters on the dials. I just bought new glasses (progressive trifocals with adjustments for astigmatism), but they did not help much. Does anyone else have this problem? Should I give up hopes of ever being successful with a TLR?
> Nancy

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