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#1 Greg Lytle

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:21 AM

Hi folks,

 

I own a Porst 650 XL and Porst 1500 XL Microcomputer and was wondering about the the precision of the split viewfinders on each of them. I read the instructions which instruct me to zoom in all the was, focus zoomed in, the zoom out to a desired wider angle. When I zoom in to focus, the split finder lines up, but the split finder lines do not stay aligned upon zooming out and I guess I thought the lens should be parafocal upon zooming. Does this mean my split viewfinder is not accurate? Any guidance is appreciated.

 

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#2 Mark Dunn

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 11:52 AM

Split-image rangefinders can be prone to error caused by the accommodation of the eye if there's no ground glass, but it's possible the lens is out of adjustment. Try a tape measure test to see if your focusing matches up with the lens scale. I  would tend to trust the zoomed-in setting.


Edited by Mark Dunn, 20 April 2016 - 11:55 AM.

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#3 Greg Lytle

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 09:26 AM

 Thanks Mark, I did just what you suggested, I think. I put the 1500 on a tripod and put a flat focus target 8 feet from the film plane. I then set the focus of the lens to 8 feet. It seemed dead-on. The focus ring does not move at all when zooming out, and it appears the rest of the field of view stays in focus, so I think that worked. I will do the same test on the 650 tonight. I appreciate your help!

 

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