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

  • From: Ferdi Stutterheim <fwstutterheim@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:01:06 +0200

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?


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