I’m trying to shoot something on Plus - X, I have a Bolex Rex-5 with a wonky viewfinder that kind of comes out of the camera body and has to be pushed back in if you knock it out of place. My lens is an Angenieux 12-120mm 1:2.2 Bolex H16 RX.
I want to be able to focus with tape because the viewfinder is so dark and I’m shooting some interiors where I have to be all the way open. When I tried to set my camera to the difference between focal plane and subject was 7 ft, the image was soft in the viewfinder. I focused by eye to around 5 ft. I was at 30mm, f/4.
I checked to see if the viewfinder was focused by taking off the lens, pointing the camera at a bright light and fiddling with the viewfinder focus ring to make the texture of the ground glass visible. It seems to be fine.
What’s going on here? Is the back focus off? Is my lens not currently parfocal and I shouldn’t be using the zoom to focus? Am I going to have to take my camera to a camera tech or can I fix/deal with this myself? Is there some place or someone affordable in New York who can help?