Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2020
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    8

    Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    Wondering if someone on here could give me some advice; I'm looking for a viewfinder that could assist me in shooting on my 8x10 to help me compose shots before I pull the camera out. Is there one that you like using that is still available on the used market? I would appreciate any recommendations.

    I appreciate any help you can provide.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Sheridan, Colorado
    Posts
    1,912

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    There are zooming viewfinders, but they don't have to be specific to any particular film format. In other words, one that works for 35mm cameras will work just as well for 4x5" cameras -- you'll have to "adjust" the focal lengths to the format being used, of course. I've never seen a list of these -- in any format -- let alone a comprehensive list for all formats. Most of the ones I've seen have shoes so they can fit into camera flash shoes. I'm sure others that use them will have some brands to search for. I know Horseman made/sold one, and there are others used by cinematographers that are hand-held. Also, like zoom lenses, they vary in their coverage. I've never used one, but I can see their usefulness.

    I've made my own DIY previewer -- as many others have. That's how I got the idea! I always carry a 8x10" grey card with me, and I've cut out a 4x5" section in the middle (I've attached it with a piece of tape, so I can use it for normal metering, etc.). I lift up the 4x5" flap and move the 8x10" grey forward and back while looking through it -- to get the perspective I want. At the same time, I have a small, cloth tape measure to indicate the focal length lens closest to that perspective. I've also attached a Wratten #90 (?) filter to mine that allows me to preview the scene in B&W.
    Last edited by xkaes; 6-Dec-2022 at 08:59.

  3. #3
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    20,091

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    https://www.alanranger.com/photograp...viewing-frames

    or make one

    or buy one from our member the Naked Photographer real name on youtube

    He never shows the donuts

    or, I like wire finders

    I have a few LINHOF fold down wire finders that are actually very sophisticated

    Graflex also made many
    Tin Can

  4. #4
    Ian Martin
    Join Date
    Jun 2020
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    20

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    If you have an iPhone, I recommend an app simply called Viewfinder. You can set the film format, focal length, and there’s even a rudimentary light meter (although I would never use it). You can also set custom film formats and focal lengths.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    1,394

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    Linhof made various finders that you can find on the used market, but they aren't cheap. You could make your own out of mat board. If you have an iPhone, in addition to the app mentioned above you may want to look at Mark II Artist's Viewfinder. This app isn't inexpensive and may be overkill, but it's quite sophisticated.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,799

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    Piece of card board with a rectangular (to image ratio) cut out works. It is simple to make, low cost and surprisingly effective. Close one eye, move the viewing board towards the eye for shorter focal length, away from the eye for longer focal length. What this method cannot do is preview or simulate the near-far effects of changes in lens focal length. To achieve this, an optical system is needed. The "Directors Viewfinder" is specifically designed to meet this need. They are typically used by cinema/video folks to plan a given shot, from lens focal length to camera placement and camera movement progression.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/D...4/N/4028759376

    None of these methods are "8X10" or sheet film size specific, they are image ratio specific. What works for 8x10 does much the same except for lens focal length for 4x5, 6x7 and...


    Specific to 8x10, know the lens focal length choices are limited due to the innate limitations of lenses/optics with an image circle suitable for 8x10. This reality of 8x10 will limit the specific needs of any viewing aid.


    Bernice

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Seattle area, WA
    Posts
    1,175

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    +1 for Mark II Artist's Viewfinder. The only real downside with it is you have to make sure your Phone has a wide enough angle lens to actually show you the proper view when shooting on wide angle lenses. It may compel you to upgrade your phone or buy an accessory lens for your phone camera

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,799

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    Might be better to develop the ability to see/know what lens focal length is needed for a specific image. This also figures into camera position, film exposure and all related to the print image goals..

    Practice and innate talent/gift applies here. Viewing aids are learning aids towards these goals.


    Bernice

  9. #9
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    20,091

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    I consider cell phones too big a distraction

    Turn them off, chat with sitter

    Wine after

    Then shut up and concentrate

    I practice setup for days before any sitter
    Tin Can

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    1,394

    Re: Viewfinder for shooting on a 8X10

    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    +1 for Mark II Artist's Viewfinder. The only real downside with it is you have to make sure your Phone has a wide enough angle lens to actually show you the proper view when shooting on wide angle lenses. It may compel you to upgrade your phone or buy an accessory lens for your phone camera
    Yeah, I had to use an external wide lens with my old iPhone, but now with the iPhone 14 Pro all my wide angles are covered by the native lenses in the phone.

Similar Threads

  1. Shooting with fixed optical cold shoe viewfinder on Horseman FA
    By Jack_Luke in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2022, 17:16
  2. How to make a sports viewfinder or wire viewfinder?
    By photoin.nyc in forum LF DIY (Do It Yourself)
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2021, 13:45
  3. Viewfinder for shooting LF and ULF
    By Greg in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2019, 19:19

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •