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12-16-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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Manual shooters: do you use a focusing screen?

Well, do you? I've seen some AMAZING shots in the M-club thread and, seeing as how I use my M's mostly, I got curious...

12-16-2010, 12:52 AM   #2
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Yes, a KatzEye split screen (No Optibrite) plus OME53, but in the process of looking for a bright matte focus screen because I want my spot meter back.
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I use Nokon K3 screen provided by I go by the microprism collar in 99% of my MF shots. And as user above I too use OME53 magnifier. I find those two essential for MF.
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Yes, a plain Katzeye in my K10d. It will never be as nice as the screens in my 35mm film bodies but I needed something with more "snap" to the matte area for focusing fast lenses. The split prism and micro prism collar are nice but I could live without them. Most aftermarket DSLR screens seem to be cut down from 35mm SLR screens, which means that the prism takes up more real estate in the viewfinder.

These guys have decent comparison photos of their different screens: Focusing Screen

Unfortunately it's still not quite the same as trying the screen in person to see how the in focus areas look.

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Katzeye and O-ME53 magnifier. I consider these necessary when using anything faster than f/2
12-16-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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Split image screens have problems, too.
They basically work at around f5.6 equivalent and if you have an aperture dependent focus shift, you are getting a focussing error, if you shoot wide open.
Also it is needed to place your screen in the camera very exactly, often shims are needed. Tedious fiddling ...

If I really need 100% exact focus with a manual lens, which is rarely the case, I use Live view.
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Yes, another vote for Great service, excellent screen and better tools than those supplied by some others (inc. Katzeyes).

I did tons of research (the Katzeye website is excellent) but in the end paid $50 for a superb screen instead of $200 for a Katzeye. No shims required for a K7. Also OME-53.

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New Question : does the K5 use the same focus screen as the K7 ? I'd like to move mine over and reinsert the original back into the K7 when I buy the K5 in January.

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hadn't heard of using a magnifier (nor did i consider their existence) but cheap enough that I can throw this in the bag

Thanks for the feedback guys! I ordered a K3 not too long ago and I can't wait to get it!

Feel free to keep answering the poll fellow M-shooters :-D
12-16-2010, 03:10 AM   #11
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I'm using a Katzeye with Optibrite in the K100D and in the K10D.
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I'm too cheap.
12-16-2010, 06:37 AM   #13
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No. But I'm interested in using one on my K-5 but I'd really like to see one in use before I buy. Till then I'm using my eagle eyes and the built-in focusing indicator light and beep to focus my K, M and A series lenses.
12-16-2010, 07:14 AM   #14
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Yes, (split prism) on my K100D but no on my K-x (focus feedback is sufficient for me so far.)

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I had a Katz Eye screen in my K20D and was fairly happy with it. It did need shims; I ended up sending it on for them to calibrate it properly.

I got a Jinfinance screen for my K-7 and kept it in for a while. I love the double split diagonal setup, much more so than the Katzeye screen... but the rest of the screen was harder to see out of. This made using my LensBaby even harder than usual (that's a lens that usually works best in liveview) and of course the metering was affected. It seemed to really wreak havoc with exposure during video, which is one of the reasons that I took it out. In retrospect, I hadn't even thought about locking the exposure, which I've since learned is almost a necessity.

I ended up putting the original screen back in after many months. I will probably try putting it in my K-5 to see how it performs then. I'll be going on a trip in a few weeks where I'll be using a lot of manual focus lenses. I didn't need a shim in the K-7; hopefully I won't in the K-5.

I took a few photos through the viewfinder of my K20D after installing the Katz Eye... here's what it looks like in use.


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