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focusing cloth

an opaque cloth surrounding the ground glass of a camera so as to shield the eyes of the photographer from light that would otherwise prevent seeing the image in the ground glass.
Origin of focusing cloth
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The focusing cloth clung to her head like a cowl as she raised it and bowed.

    Tiny Luttrell Ernest William Hornung
  • In using the apparatus, a focusing cloth, used by all photographers, is useful in excluding stray light.

    Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army
  • Then the focusing cloth was stretched across the frame and tied down at the corners with more strips from the handkerchief.

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