If you’re shooting a waist-level finder on a medium format camera (well, any SLR really…) and you can’t seem to get “crisp” shots when they appear in focus, consider the possibility that the mirror supports may have deteriorated, or your focusing screen is malpositioned.

In my case, the focusing screen was about a millimeter too low (about 1/32 of an inch, if you still speak “ancient”) and everything was slightly front-focused.

This is Tri-X 400 pushed to ISO 1200 and developed in D76.

(Oh and congrats to Jordan and the Kansas City Chiefs…who apparently aren’t in Kansas anymore.)


oy vey.

2 thoughts on “Finally

  1. Peter | Prosophos says:

    A very lovely photo Mark — as usual.

    Since you were working out focusing issues, I’ll additionally make a technical comment: the focus is on the far eye, not the near. I don’t know if that was intentional on your part, but I’m letting you know in case the intended focus was the near eye… in which case your set-up is slightly back-focusing.

    • mewanchuk says:


      Yes, you are correct–the far eye does appear slightly sharper in my view as well. I had actually anticipated this comment, as the whole post is a little unclear–but you should have seen the results BEFORE I tinkered lol.

      In any case, this is what we call “margin-of-error” with a moving child, a swaying dad, some aging eyes, and a shutter slap that would wake Zeus himself.

      In short–without a tripod, I’ll take it.

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