110A/B Packfilm Conversion: Reset Infinity

The first step to getting the rangefinder adjusted is to make sure that infinity according to the focus knob is actually on point.

red arrows: remove rivets; blue arrows: loosen screws to adjust
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red arrows: remove rivets; blue arrows: loosen screws to adjust

When you pull out the lensboard it locks into place.

This stop is a small piece of metal held by 2 screws and 2 rivets.

Because the film plane has been moved back a few mm, this stop needs to move back as well.

Drill out the rivets and loosen the screws but don’t remove them.

The lensboard will snap into the stop, and with loosened screws you can slide it back and forth to find the new infinity before locking the screws down.

41 - ggGrab yourself a tripod and some ground glass within an empty film pack.

If you don’t have any ground glass a piece of tracing paper taped inside will work just fine, just make sure its flat and not wavy.

Set the camera up in a place where its darker than the thing you are focusing on. Out a window works well. Find something at least 75ft away. Make sure the lensboard is locked into the stop and that you can move the stop easily back and forth. Also, make sure the focus knob is set all the way back to infinity.

Insert your ground glass and, using a cable release to hold the shutter open at the BULB setting, move the lensboard back and forth until the object is crisply focused on the ground glass. Screw down the stop firmly.

Now that the film plane knows where infinity is, the rangefinder needs to know as well. To adjust it will take a little more work.

focus on straight lines; match finder to ground glass
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focus on straight lines; match finder to ground glass

Point the rangefinder at something sharp and easy to focus at least 75ft away. Make sure the focus knob is set for infinity. If what you see in the rangefinder is not in focus, it can be adjusted.

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blue arrow: horizontal; red arrow: vertical

 

Be sure the brass focusing cam and the black arm of the mirror are touching where the mark is on the brass.

The mirror has 2 screws on it. Blue arrow is horizontal movement, red arrow is vertical movement.

While looking through the finder, turn the screws until the split-image is correct.

 

If for some reason you can’t get it right, check to see if your mirror cam is not off somehow, the cam is basically the focusing “curve” and if its off, so will be your focusing. The line etched into the brass piece and the mirror should touch at infinity.

In the end, as long as you never have the aperture wide open, focus should be fine.

If you want 100% accuracy, test your focus on the ground glass vs the finder at different distances.