I never shot film before, recently I bought a Canon EOS 500 SLR to match with my set of Canon EF lenses. I'm planning to shot using my GEM and a 40mm EF lens. However, I'm struggling to plan how I'm going to perform the focusing. I was reading some material online, saw some methods like the knife-edge focuser, but I think this maybe too much for me right now. Unless I'm missing something.
I also have a Canon T3i DSLR, that uses the same EF lenses. So I thought about focusing on the DSLR with computer-aid and maybe a Bathinov mask, then carefully swap the lens back to the SLR body without touching the focusing ring. I know there are some mechanical tolerances and maybe the focal plane is some millimeters off, but I'm wondering, is this reliable? Have some people used this method before? Is it OK? Or, actually, any tips for me here?
I have tried this same approach on a daylight subject and it seems to work. It's hard to know 'cause I think pretty difficult to judge the quality of a focus by looking on the viewfinder. But it looked OK.
BTW, this is the plan so far:
- Canon EOS 500 SLR
- Kodak Portra 160
- Ilford HP5 Plus 400
- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
- Meade LX85 GEM
- guide-scope and guide-camera on PHD2
Any tips are welcome. Thank you!