So I just got a 500c/m, my first medium format camera
The focus through the viewfinder is different than the actual focus.
When I set the lens to 14 feet, an object at 10 feet away looks sharp
the object at 14 feet is sharp on the negative
When it set to infinity, objects at infinity are still not quite lining up on the split-screen
the camera takes well-focused images if I focus by distance, but this is impractical
It does this with a standard (non split) screen as well as with the metal thingy instead of the prism
Can someone help?
I've had that same problem with 2 different Hassies. A 500 CM and an ELM. The problem was the mirror doesn't park properly in viewing mode due to bad linings underneath the reflex mirror. So, when you focus with the groundglass, the image is off at film plane. This happens because the linings get old , dirty and dry. Service and replacement is the answer. I paid around $300 usd a decade ago. Good luck.