Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Groundglass choices for Arca?

  1. #1
    Jack Flesher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Los Altos, CA
    Posts
    1,071

    Groundglass choices for Arca?

    One of the "spares" I like to keep in the car when out shooting is a spare groundglass assembly. I like the stock Arca GG on my new 141 Metric, have no problems with it and was simply going to order up another original Arca as a spare. But then I wondered if there might be something even better available.

    So, do any of you other Arca shooters like alternates I should consider? Boss? Satin Snow?
    Jack Flesher

    www.getdpi.com

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    Posts
    1,789

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    Arca GG are considered the best of the bunch, or if not the best then "amongst 'em". If it were me, I'd do the genuine article and not worry about fit or getting used to a different focusing characteristics.

    Steve

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    1,691

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    As a spare (and something I would hopefully never have to use) I would personally just go with the Satin Snow. The quality is quite good (I have not compared a Satin Snow directly to the Arca glass but having both my impression is the Satin Snow is not quite as bright as the Arca) and the price cannot be beat. If the regular glass ever breaks the Satin Snow would perform well until you recieve a repalcment glass from Arca Swiss.

    FWIW I'm still very impressed at how bright the stock Arca ground glass is.
    Last edited by Greg Miller; 7-Jul-2006 at 09:44.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    God's Country
    Posts
    2,076

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    Jack,

    Since this is only a backup glass rather than a "one and only" I'd base my decision on the price differential between the Arca glass and a Satin Snow. IIRC, the Boss, Maxwell, et al glass are going to cost you quite a bit more than the Satin Snow (~$35 for 8x10.)

    I've never used an Arca glass so I can't comment on their brightness in comparison to any other. But again, this is only a backup glass...

    Personally, I quite like the Satin Snow and have them on 3 different cameras. So, one might say I'm a bit partial!

    Cheers
    Life in the fast lane!

  5. #5
    Jack Flesher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Los Altos, CA
    Posts
    1,071

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    I had not priced the Satin Snow, just assumed it was up there with all of the other premium screen manufacturers. What a surprise, looks like $9.95 plus $5 shipping -- can that be right??? I didn't think you could buy anything LF for $15!

    This makes a whole lot of sense for a back-up screen
    Last edited by Jack Flesher; 7-Jul-2006 at 11:17.
    Jack Flesher

    www.getdpi.com

  6. #6
    Scott Rosenberg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    The Incredible Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    859

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    jack, the arca gg was the brightest i'd ever used... better than ebony, linhof super screen, and maxwell.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    God's Country
    Posts
    2,076

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    Jack,

    Yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you!

    I've purchased them for my Sinar 4x5, Dorffs 5x7 and 8x10... guess I like them!

    The only down-side is the time frame for delivery. On my 8x10 glass... it'll take them about a month. Patience, patience...

    And, Dave is a great guy to deal with...

    Cheers
    Life in the fast lane!

  8. #8
    Jack Flesher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Los Altos, CA
    Posts
    1,071

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    Scott and Steve: Totally agree the stock Arca GG is superb and why I was simply going to buy another as a spare. But for a back-up, the Satin Snow at $15 shipped is hard to beat -- even if it takes a few weeks to get it
    Jack Flesher

    www.getdpi.com

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Besanšon, France
    Posts
    1,586

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    Jack.
    For $15 I assume that you'll get a bare ground glass without any kind of supporting frame.
    So you should make it clear with the supplier that their GG is, mechanically and optically, a perfect replacement for the original GG. I say that because the Arca Swiss GG is made of a Fresnel lens in front plus a GG behind. The image crosses the Fresnel. So beware about what actually defines the position of the sandwich.
    In principle, a non-Fresnel GG has to be placed at a different location in order to get the proper focus.
    I am quite sure that 3-rd party Arca-compatible GG made by serious professionals are designed to be really 100% compatible, since in case you break your GG in the field, you do not want to go through a tedious re-calibration procedure !!

  10. #10
    Doug Dolde
    Guest

    Re: Groundglass choices for Arca?

    There's another thread here somewhere that claims Bill Maxwell's screen is a stop brighter than the stock Arca GG/fresnel.

Similar Threads

  1. Looking to upgrade my groundglass
    By brian steinberger in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 15-Aug-2006, 19:37
  2. Choices, choices!!!.
    By leepengelly in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2002, 22:20
  3. Will Canham Groundglass fit Deardorff Special
    By alee94118 in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 2-Sep-2001, 20:40
  4. 8x10 lens choices
    By Bruce Schultz in forum Resources
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 18-Jan-1999, 20:07
  5. Prints out of focus
    By Tim Kimbler in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 4-Jun-1998, 14:41

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
  •