Unquestionably, everyone evaluated from contact sheets. I did too back then.
I do feel I can learn as much or probably more now from evaluating the raw negs. One is looking at a first generation rather than a second one. I found that I very quickly acclimated to looking at a negative image and evaluating it as a positive.
I tried making a digital contact sheet with a flat bed scanner. The resolution made it much less effective than the original sheet of negs.
I chose my loupe by going to a real pro photo store and trying out the 7 or 8 they had in stock on their lightbox. I did not chose the very best or the cheapest. Mine (a jobo) seemed to be 99% as good as the best but only 60% of the price.
Originally Posted by Film explorer
Bob: I'm curious - what percentage do you think of former photo-journalists evaluate their negs on a lightbox compared to making contact sheets?
Which was the more popular/efficient way to analyse/evaluate your work, in the old days of newspaper/magazine photographers.
Also, does anyone else have information on the Pentax loupe^?^