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Subject: [OM] Re: The Dark Side
From: "Jeff Keller" <jeff-keller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 13:04:15 -0700
For larger format I always look at:


I remember Robert White having the Horseman 6x9 version for less than $300
but of course I can't find it now. Robert White is still selling the rotary
back but even horsemanusa.com doesn't list the reflex finder. I've seen a
4x5 version which IRRC sells for about the same as the 6x9 version on yaBe
~$250. Checking BadgerGraphics all I find is Linhof at $795.

I had a Linhoff 6x9 that was designed specifically for Linhof. It looked
like it had half of a hinge so that it could be flipped out of the way of
the film holder. I sold it for about $350. Even if I had been able to get
the Linhof to work on my Horseman, I like the Horseman version better.

I've also seen what is essentially a bag with an eyepiece. I don't remember
how easy it would be to switch between a full frame viewer and a closeup
focusing magnifier.

Both the Horseman and Linhof are hard thick plastic that is fairly
lightweight. They are bigger than a lens but not much of a problem. The big
binocular versions intended for studio work do look too big. For a Horseman
6x9 see yaBe 7511076890. The 4x5 version is more square rather than

I'll post more if I remember or find anything helpful.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Earl Dunbar
> I have a Toyo 45A (the original, not the AII or AX), and B&H 
> lists the reflex hood for it for $549USD.  Ah... no, even if 
> it were in stock... 
> and it looks bulky.  So, Jeff (or Walt) what is the $100 option? 
> Walt Wayman wrote:
> >I agree with Jeff on this.  I got a Horseman reflex viewer 
> for my baby 
> >Graphics some years ago.  The world's still reversed 
> left-to-right, but 
> >at least it's right-side-up.  Another thing I never liked 
> about using a 
> >dark cloth was how hot it can get very quickly under there in the 
> >summertime.  Also, people can sneak up on you.  :-)
> >
> >Walt
> >
> >--
> >"Anything more than 500 yards from
> >the car just isn't photogenic." --
> >Edward Weston
> >
> > -------------- Original message ----------------------
> >From: Earl Dunbar <edunbar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >  
> >
> >>What?  And turn the image right-side-up???? :-)
> >>
> >>I'd have to try the reflex viewer.  One attraction to this 
> dark cloth 
> >>is the size and weight.
> >>
> >>Earl
> >>
> >>Jeff Keller wrote:
> >>
> >>    
> >>
> >>>Probably my opinion should be deleted but ... It took me about two 
> >>>minutes to decide a dark cloth was an unnecessary 
> challenge. You can 
> >>>get a reflex viewer for a little over $200. My dark cloth 
> never got 
> >>>used by me when exposing film ...
> >>>-jeff
> >>>      
> >>>
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