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    Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Just pulled out my Wanderlust Travelwide for the first time in quite a while. I can't remember if the distance markings are feet or meters. Does anyone know? Thanks.

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Mine was close at hand

    Feet, but I made my own marks on white gaff tape, so I can see them
    where is the monolith

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Thanks. I was thinking feet, but wasn't sure. You're right, the numbers are almost impossible to see. I'm going to try brushing a very light coat of white paint across them to make them more visible.

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    The focus is in meters. Goes to .55 meters minimum focus.

    I usually set mine to 8 meters and leave it for most shots.

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    One of my few criticisms of that wonderful project is that the distance markings are SO SMALL ! Ben and Justin, if you're reading this, Thanks again for the passion and hard work.

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    Mine was close at hand

    Feet, but I made my own marks on white gaff tape, so I can see them
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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Well, I saw the metric markings by using my iPhone magnifier and the flashlight mode!

    and I see my 5 ft mark is very close to the 1.5 meter OE mark, even though I used a not recommended lens, as this one was way cheaper

    As soon as I got mine i took it apart and saw the design problem, then decided to be very gentle with this box, so far so good!

    I also butchered it same day to fit a cable release right where it should have had a hole for one.

    I love the metal 'Sport Finder' and i made a DIY glass GG and frame so I could actually use a GG to set my 3 focus points, 3',5', 30'. OE was unusable for me.

    The helical still moves but I know many did not

    I have become very leery of any KS project, mostly because the 'makers' usually don't accept feedback on their genius design before it's too late...

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    where is the monolith

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    The focus helical of my Travelwide moved very easily this summer. Yesterday, when verifying the meter/feet question and I noticed that it is much harder to focus. The only difference is that it is cooler in the house now and the humidity is higher than in the summer. (I keep a hydrometer on hand for that.)

    As an experiment will put the Travelwide in a large zip-lock bag with desiccant and see if it has an effect on the focus helical.

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Hi all, the tiny black-on-black markings are indeed in meters.

    If your helical tightens up, it is a humidity issue. Vinyl is not a great material unfortunately, but we learned that a bit too late to be useful on the Travelwide project.

    To resolve it, you could try desiccant, or you can simply bake the camera at the lowest setting on your oven (e.g. 170F) for an hour or two. Or you can disassemble the camera and bake just the helicoid. Careful with the retaining tabs—they break easily, but I can send you replacements if they do.
    Last edited by Ben Syverson; 30-Nov-2020 at 13:32.

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Hi Ben, It was good to meet you at your factory when I picked mine up, at that time the stairs were tough for me, I was weak and overweight.

    Glad to see you still monitor LFPF!

    and I still use mine
    where is the monolith

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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Ben, I really appreciate all the effort you guys put into the Travelwide. Glad to hear from you.

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