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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:42 am    Post subject: search function may need improvements? Reply with quote

I just tried to search for Tele Xenar on the repairs subforum and got a 404 error.I assume that it is a common lens so there should be some mention of it, Tried both as one word, two words with - between and small letters. same result.
(problem: infinity adjustment of the 1950es version). This is not the firwsts time I have encountered problems with the search function. Tips on its proper use would be nice.

p.


PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: search function may need improvements? Reply with quote

paulhofseth wrote:
I just tried to search for Tele Xenar on the repairs subforum and got a 404 error.I assume that it is a common lens so there should be some mention of it, Tried both as one word, two words with - between and small letters. same result.
(problem: infinity adjustment of the 1950es version). This is not the firwsts time I have encountered problems with the search function. Tips on its proper use would be nice.

p.


It's not a perfect search engine but it works reasonably, and probably better than most forums & certainly e-bay!
Try just searching for 'Xenar' it only has 4 hits in the repairs section, one of which is adjusting rf on a non tele xenar.

You may find other info where the xenar name hasn't been included searching the manufacture & focal length (eg. Schneider 135) might give more hits.

Where a hyphen is used between two words there tend to be slight variations when people type it, some might add spaces, others forget the hyphen etc. just using one half generally works better.


PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes a + between search terms works for multiple keywords.

Google and other search engines can be used for searching the public firums, for example

Code:
tele xenar site:mflenses.com


PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

visualopsins wrote:
Sometimes a + between search terms works for multiple keywords.

Google and other search engines can be used for searching the public firums, for example

Code:
tele xenar site:mflenses.com


Where the plus symbol works (for also with the following word) a minus symbol will often work to mean exclude the following word. Hyphens can definitely cause issues!

The search engine here has a tick box option for all words.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:17 pm    Post subject: search Reply with quote

Thanks. When searching with Google i use " " on each side of the exact term for what I wish to find and try to use Boolean operators such as AND to get the exact conjunction of concepts and to exclude the rubbish i use NOT sale,bargain etc. Didnt know some operators worked here as well. I will see if the advice on an ordinary xenar works on the ancient one.

p.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the search form:

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Search for any terms or use query as entered
Search for all terms


Choose Search for all terms switch when using " " between terms.

Also:

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Search for Keywords:

You can use AND to define words which must be in the results, OR to define words which may be in the result and NOT to define words which should not be in the result. Use * as a wildcard for partial matches


Also of note is the switch

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Display results as: Posts Topics


The Posts selection will not work because there are no database indices here to support it.