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Positioning of the acute matte screen


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Hello everyone! I don't write much around here but read with interrest. I was checking out that photoethnography page and the guy there showed a picture describing the two nothces that identify an acute matte screen.
In the picture the nothces are in the bottom right corner. When I was cleaning my camera yesterday after a trip to the Scottish highlands I noticed that my screen had the noches in the bottom left corner.

Looks like this:
I-------I . I-------I
I.........I . I.........I
<...1....I . I....2...I
<.........I . I.........I
I-------I . I-----vvI
1.In my camera. . 2.As seen on picture

I have a 500cm "classic" kit from 1991.
So my question goes: Is my screen wrongly positioned? Does it make any difference?
It makes no difference
When you have a focusingscreen with split you may turn it 90 degrees to select focusing on hor/vert lines at your choice.
Okay, thanks Paul. I don't have the split though, only the cross hair. Would like to get the split screen some day. (On the other hand my eyes are perfect, but you know, sometimes you're stressed.
I loved the split screens from Yashica: there the split was diagonal.

Very useful and elegant in my opinion.


Where about in the SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS have you been ? ? ?
I lived in Scotland for quite some time and returned to the highlands about 2 years ago .
Phantastic country for photographers .

Hi Jurgen!

I went to Loch Ossian. You get off the train at Courrour, on the line to Fort William. Absolutely marvelous mountains. And a fantastic Loch. The Youth Hostel there is well worth a visit should you go again. It's insanely beautiful and looks like a postcard. It's an old cottage and has been a youth hostel for a hundred years. Now powered by solar cells and the wind.

Previously I've been around Loch Lomond alot as well and also around Isle of Skye.

And yeah! Scotland is great for photography. The light changes often and dramaticly. But we had sunshine and no wind for most of the time. On thursday it became windy with snowfall and marvelous Turner-skyes! We could see Ben Nevis with a snowy top in the distance.

Where did you live in Scotland?

I've been here for one and a half year now. Live in Glasgow where I'm doing a BA in fine art photography under Thomas Joshua Cooper.
Diagonal splits were available from Hasselblad.
Now offered by Chinese Companies at Ebay for less than 60 USD.
They claim they are the Minolta type.
A close look at the metal frame shows some irregularities in the pressing.
I do not know whether focusing with these is correct.
Same goes for some other suppliers of focusing screens.
Only the originals from Hasselblad are spot on.
In Paul Kirchhoff's post, he wrote, "Only the originals from Hasselblad are spot on". With all due respect, I have to disagree with this statement.

A company by the name of Brightscreen has been manufacturing bright type screens for many years. Their screens are as bright as Hasselblad's Acute-Matte screens, and are manufactured with exacting precision. In fact, Brightscreen began manufacturing the bright type screens long before Hasselblad did. Their website address is:
Hello David,

You are absolutely right with your correction.
I was thinking of another manufacturer when I wrote this post.
Thanks for setting things right.

Have you got any experience with the "Chinese" focusing screens yet?
The 42218 screen with the diagonal split is no longer available from Hasselblad


I can't offer an opinion as to the quality of the Chinese screens, as I have not seen one yet.

The Hasselblad 42218 focusing screen has a diagonal split image with the microprism circle. Unfortunately, it appears that neither Brightscreen, Beattie or Maxwell makes a screen with the diagonal split image with the microprism circle. It is my understanding that this type of screen isn't very popular, in that most photographers prefer the horizontal split image with the microprism circle.