Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/11/11

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Subject: [Leica] A previsualisation aid
From: John Collier <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 08:59:56 -0700

I read about a helpful aid to visualisation the other day and, unlike most
things you read about, it works and is very useful. Take a cut out mount the
size of your film format č35mm and medium format use a slide mount, for LF,
you would have to make onečand hold it the the focal length distance away
from your eye. Bingo, you see what is going to be in the frame. You can also
get a rough idea of the amount of shifting you may have to do but, of
course, it is no help with the tilts :-). With 35mm it gets a little hard to
measure and hold things accurately enough to differentiate between 21mm and
24mm but it works very well for the longer lenses and larger formats.


John Collier

Sorry to interrupt the "he said, she said". Please continue as you were.

> From: Byron Rakitzis <>
> The idea for me was to proof some angles and then come back with the view
> camera to shoot for real. I'm tempted to get a used optical finder for
> my view camera, that might help me visualize stuff.  I'm having trouble
> seeing things without setting up the camera and peering at the glass,
> but sometimes that takes too long.

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