suggestion for the TOYO focusing hoods : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

hi everybody,I am using TOYO AII large format right now.I am interesting TOYO monocular loupe magnifier(1.5) focusing hoods.but it will cost me about $200 dollars.before i buy it, I went to make sure it the right one for is anybody using it,please give me some the way, I am taking landscape photo and using wide angle lens on my work.thank you.

-- john lin (, March 31, 2000


I tried the monocular loupe... my first problem is the size, its big and hard to lug around... although it can be somewhat collapsed... second problem, with wide angle lenses, its hard to see much on the gg from that far back... you need to get towards the gg edges to see the whole if anyhting, I would say this product is most effective for normal to long lenses, not wide angle. I would try one out if you can before you buy it...

-- Bill Glickman (, March 31, 2000.

The monocular has its limitations; it's ok for normal and long lenses but not very good for wide it's really not enough magnification for accurate focusing. Although it's huge it can be mashed relatively flat.

All in all, it does what it's designed to do just fine but it's not a good solution. I recommend a Darkroom Innovations darkcloth and a good loupe.

-- John Hicks (, April 01, 2000.

John, you should perhaps also consider the Horseman folding binocular viewer. It takes very little space folded and should fit your Toyo. I modified one to use it on my Technika and it is one of the best investment I made in recent years. It stays attached to my camera and can be opened when lupe focussing is required. The reversing mount is handy for vertical takings. Though, there is an easy modification of the lock that makes it safer. I talked about it in a previous tread, somewhere in the forum.

-- Paul Schilliger (, April 01, 2000.

Another sweet accessory is the Toyo Balloon Focusing Hood. It is far more effective at shielding light than the standard focusing hood that comes with the Toyo 45AXII. It is more packable than the monocular or binocular focusing hoods. And it is more convenient to use than a dark cloth. I really like mine.

-- Edie Rothman (, April 02, 2000.

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