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    Hyperfocal Distance Setting


    I have built a 6x17 camera and and would like to know how one would determine th e lens to film plane distance for a hyperfocal setting for a particular lens for a couple of apetures, say f 16 and f 32. The lens is a Super angulon 90 F8. I w as planning on having three settings for the lens, one focussed on infinity (the lens is used here most of the time), one hyperfocal at f 16 and one hyperfocal at f 32 (i need to start including some foreground interest in my photos, thus t his requirement). Do you find the hyperfocal distance through trial and error by taking photos at various distanced subjects, focus settings and apetures, or is there some sort of mathematical way i can determine it. My usual way of focussi ng is ground glass viewing. Currently there are no focus setting marks on the ca mera i have built (but i realize i will have to do so if i want to change the fo cussing)

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    So. California

    Hyperfocal Distance Setting

    The following formula is used to determine hyperfocal distance. Hyperfocal Distance (H) = F2C divided by 12f Focal Length of Lens x Focal Length of Lens or F2 f/Stop x Circle of Confusion fc

    10x10x250 = 100x250 = 25000 divided by = 463 feet. 12x4.5 = 54 = 54 If the above lens (10) is focused at 463 feet and used at f/4.5 every thing from one-half of the focal distance (231 1/2 feet) to infinity will be acceptably sharp. (NAVPERS 10371) Pat

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    Hyperfocal Distance Setting


    Check out a program called fCalc at

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    Hyperfocal Distance Setting

    The following website has just about any lens formula you could need:

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    Hyperfocal Distance Setting

    You can use the formulas as a guide, but you should test the results. Depth-of-field doesn't have a sharp boundary. Also, the formulas are based upon assumptions about how critically the prints will be viewed, e.g., typically that prints will be viewed from a distance equal to their diagonal. If you examine a large print from a close distance, the depth-of-field will be smaller, corresponding to needing a greater hyperfocal distance.

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