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I have'nt needed any help focusing even with my reading glasses until now! I just hated to admit that maybe age has anything to do with it!! Anyway I'm looking for opinions on grain focusers, Magna Sight, Microsight etc. Thanks Dan
-- Dan Bruner (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2000
I'm using a Microsight. It is easily used even when wearing my bi-focals. You must keep to the center of the neg for the easiest focusing.
-- Robert Orofino (email@example.com), June 03, 2000.
with my bi-focals I use Minisight by Bestwell Optical Instruments of Merrick, NY. Since I use only double wt. papers I attached a piece to fit the base and have never had a problem focusing. Regards, Pat
-- pat j. krentz (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2000.
Another vote for Microsight. Quick and easy to use.
-- Paul Harris (email@example.com), June 04, 2000.
Minisight... and all the ....sight's are nice and solid devices.
I only recently got mine after focusing by eye for many years. Don't know how i got on without it!
-- Nigel Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 04, 2000.
-- Terry Carraway (TCarraway@compuserve.com), June 04, 2000.
(Though it's not a grain focuser brand, but something that might be worth reading before getting one.)
-- Thomas Wollstein (email@example.com), June 05, 2000.
I prefer the Magna Sight. It's not a grain focuser but it can be used all around the frame and it's easy to look through.
-- Tim Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 05, 2000.
Get the Micromega critical focuser. Nothing else as precise. Costs more and worth every penny.
-- Alec (email@example.com), June 05, 2000.
I use a gang darkroom and have a half dozen grain focusers of various brands. Few of them focus at the same point. Two of the same expensive brand focus at different points. I have noticed that the actually prints show no difference in focus to the naked eye because I always print stopped down a couple of F-stops. The point is that quality control on even the expensive models is lax. Use and compare before you buy, if you have the chance. Frank
-- frank Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 09, 2000.
Have used a Magna site for years. Pic's are always in focus!
-- Steve L. Agnew (email@example.com), June 19, 2000.
Another vote for MagnaSight. I've never felt the need of a grain focuser - with the Magna, I just move around and fine-focus on a couple of details (a strand of hair, pattern of bricks, etc.) and focus isn't ever a problem, even with big blowups like my Minox negs.
-- Michael Goldfarb (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 19, 2000.