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.
From my MacBook Pro.
Op 25 jul. 2015, om 23:09 heeft Nancy Kennedy <njkennedy@xxxxxxxxxxx> het
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?