How to improve your TLR’s focus with just a piece of foil

Dec 13, 2018

Pedro Cardoso

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How to improve your TLR’s focus with just a piece of foil

Dec 13, 2018

Pedro Cardoso

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If you have a TLR camera you can try this simple trick, that can help you to focus more easily. And if you like, you can share this content with your friends.

Materials you need:

  • Some small rubber bands
  • scissors
  • aluminum foil
  • one ruler (optional)

Here is a visual guide to the process. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

These images illustrate what you will see in the focus screen using this trick.

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

When the two images line up, you are in focus.

Thank you so much for reading this tips and tricks. I hope you find it useful!

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Pedro Cardosa is a photographer and the driving force behind Film Love Photography, a website dedicated to people who love film and analogue photography. And be sure to check out his Instagram. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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2 responses to “How to improve your TLR’s focus with just a piece of foil”

  1. Rick Scheibner Avatar
    Rick Scheibner

    I just use the focus peak feature on my Mamiya C220.

  2. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Wow gonna give this a try…focus foc my lubitel is a nightmare !