View Full Version : Bosscreen with 90mm lens on 4x5" ?

Antti-Pekka Virtanen
14-Apr-1998, 02:36
Dear Netters,

I have red thru the information about the Bosscreen in the LF homepage. I realiz e the screen is superior to the normal ground glasses and "improved" ones like beattie and brightscreen in terms of grain and contrast.

Could anyone enlighten me on the following points on using the Bosscreen on a 4x5" camera:

1) Should I use an additional fresnel with the Bosscreen with a 90mm lens ? How much does the view vignette without a fresnel ?

2) How much brighter it is actually, for example compared to a basic ground glass and/or a fresnel ? (I am having problems with heavy vignetting with the 90mm on the standard "fresnel ground glass" of my Wista DX)

3) What about compared to a Beattie ? Does anyone actually use a beattie or brightscreen screen on a 4x5" with wide angle lenses ?

Any info and/or thoughts would be extremely welcome!


Brian Ellis
10-Jul-1998, 01:13
1. No, you wouldn't want to add a Fresnel screen to the Bosscreen. Not sure what you mean about the view "vignetting without the screen." If you mean how much d oes the image darken towards the edges as you get away from the center of the sc reen, without a fresnel lens or a Bosscreen and with a 90mm lens, the answer is it darkens a whole lot. I personally couldn't use a 90mm lens on a plain ground glass screen.

2. Strictly speaking, the Bosscreen isn't a brightener. What it does is spread t he bright area evenly around the ground glass so that it isn't concentrated in t he center of the screen as it is with a standard ground glass. It is easier to f ocus with the Bosscreen than with a Fresnel screen because you don't have the "g rain" that you see when you use a loupe with a Fresnel screen.

I assume that by "standard Fresnel ground glass" you mean that your standard gro und glass has a Fresnel screen attached to it. I used the Bosscreen when I owned a Technikardan camera but I sold that camera and now have a Tachihara which inc ludes a Fresnel screen. I also have some difficulty with a 90mm lens. Unfortunat ely, I don't remember whether the Bosscreen improved the situation on the Techni kardan or not. It's been about three years since I sold the camera and I rarely use my 90mm lens.

3. I don't know the answer to this. My only experience with a Beattie screen was on my Pentax 67 camera. I got severe vignetting with it and had to have it remo ved and the standard Pentax screen put back on. The whole experience wasn't very pleasant.