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A Simple Hack for Easier Focusing with TLR Cameras


If you have a TLR camera, here’s a simple trick you can try to help you to focus more easily. All you’ll need is some rubber bands, scissors, aluminum foil, and a ruler (optional).

Here’s a visual guide (the pictures speak for themselves):

I made this strip of aluminum 1cm wide.

These next images are only illustrative of what you will see in the focus screen using this hack.

When you’re out of focus, you’ll see this two images (like a double exposure) in your ground glass, very similar to a rangefinder patch.

As you adjust focus, when the two images line up you are in focus.

I hope you find this little trick useful.

About the author: Pedro Cardoso is the photographer behind filmlovephotography, a website for people who love analog photography. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work and writing on his website and Instagram. This article was also published here.