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I am thinking of buying a Mamiya 7II rangefinder camera. I have never used a rangefinder before. When using graduated filters is it possible to align them as you would with a 35mm TTL camera.Or is it hit and miss.
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As you are not looking through the lens you cannot use the viewfinder to align the filters. The best way is to slide the filter into the holder and view the camera from the front as you move it up or down to the desired position. After a few attempts you'll start to know when it's in the right place.
Try also the Mamiya UK forum at www.mamiya.co.uk. Lots of 7 II users there.
With a bit of inginuity you can modify a filter / filter holder with calibrations to enable relative accuracy when placing graduate filters in front of rangefinder cameras.
Set up a white or light target and focus.
Open up the back of the camera and place some diffusing material across the throat of the camera. ie. the square film frame.
When you insert the filter in the holder, you can see its effect on the diffusing material ie. tracing paper, soft-frost or the diffusing material which holds film strips.
You can mark off the edge of the filter with a felt tip pen to align with a mark on the filter holder.
If this is not a clear enough explanation, please contact me off-list.
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