How do I focus on my old manual film camera?

Discussion in 'Beginner Questions' started by gia_le, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator


    The lens on the left is set at f/22 and focused at infinity. Everything is in acceptable focus from infinity to 17 feet (17 feet above f/22 on the left of the scale. On the lens on the right, the infinity mark is moved above the f/22 on the right and 9 feet falls above the f/22 mark on the left of the aperture scale. Everything is in acceptable focus from 9 feet to infinity. This is the way old timers use to use the hyperfocal focus or zone focus.

    Many old cameras like the Brownie and Instamatic and even today's disposable cameras had fixed lenses set to the hyperfocal distance. The focus could not be changed but everything was in acceptable focus from (usually) three feet to infinity.. ,

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