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05-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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does the K5 support interchangeable focus screens

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if the k5 support interchangeable focus screens can you guys recommend one that can be used equally well for manual focus and also AF with the default i find it bit hard to manual forcus

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Yes, it does. Get a katz-eye split-screen if you do a lot of manual focusing.

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Yep...the best rated is the katz-eye thingy, but its EXPENSIVE!
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The Canon ee-S screen from focusingscreen.com is highly recommended. Many claims that it's cheaper and better than Katz Eye (I don't have the Katz Eye to compare with).

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QuoteOriginally posted by nirVaan Quote
does the K5 support interchangeable focus screens
The back of the K-5 manual lists the 4 available Pentax focussing screens for the K-5.
As others have also mentioned, there are many 3rd party focussing screens too.

To make manual focussing easier, rather than swapping focus screens, another option to consider is using the Pentax magnifying eyecup O-ME53.
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The Katz-eye is expensive and over-rated. Basically it is exactly the same thing as the focus screens from these guys (Taiwan) except these are a lot cheaper and they probably have a wider choice. They also provide better tools for the insertion free of charge. I loved the screen I bought from them (at that time around 1/3 price of the Katz-eye equivalent.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
The Katz-eye is expensive and over-rated. Basically it is exactly the same thing as the focus screens from these guys (Taiwan) except these are a lot cheaper and they probably have a wider choice. They also provide better tools for the insertion free of charge. I loved the screen I bought from them (at that time around 1/3 price of the Katz-eye equivalent. Focusing Screen Excellent service too.
there are many screen types over there. i have no real knowledge about these. so which one would you recommend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nirVaan Quote
hi guys

if the k5 support interchangeable focus screens can you guys recommend one that can be used equally well for manual focus and also AF with the default i find it bit hard to manual forcus

thankz
I do a lot of macro and I have this type in my K20d (Li-80)

This one (MI-60) is for the K-7 and I think but not certain it will also work in the K-5



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What lenses do you use? The ee-s screen from focussingscreens.com is excellent for faster glass but darkens with smaller apertures.

You may wish to check whether your existing screen is accurately set up.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nirVaan Quote
there are many screen types over there. i have no real knowledge about these. so which one would you recommend.
If you can get the Canon ee-S screen from focusingscreen.com (cut for your camera !) then that is very highly rated but I haven't been able to get hold of one from them yet. I bought the K-7 Ec-B Focusing Screen (AF Frame/Grid) and then switched this over to my K5 when I sold my K7. It is a fraction darker than the stock screen but to me the benefit of the split prism is immense when using MF.
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The ee-S screen is superb, I'm able to focus my K50/1.2 accurately with it. However it's darker than the stock screen for lenses >=f/2.8. So with lenses faster than f/2.8 it's a joy (this is most of my shooting), f/2.8 it's still good, f/4 is OK but now it's hard to see shadow details at all, f/4+ and it's just acceptable in a pinch.

VF brightness is a real issue for getting “the decisive moment”. An example, I returned home from shooting my sons hockey game with a K-5 with e-SS screen & DA55-300 to find I had a burst of 10 shots I’d taken of my son in 1 action sequence, only it wasn’t my son just someone who looked like him. LOL.

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Canon S type screens requires that your focusing eye must be good.
I prefer split screen.

Some of these screen need to calibrate. It's not difficult, but a bit time consumming. Best is to get a shim/washer-set from pentax for this job.

K5: katzeye, K20: jinfinance, canon dslr: eby screen
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
The ee-S screen is superb, I'm able to focus my K50/1.2 accurately with it. However it's darker than the stock screen for lenses >=f/2.8. So with lenses faster than f/2.8 it's a joy (this is most of my shooting), f/2.8 it's still good, f/4 is OK but now it's hard to see shadow details at all, f/4+ and it's just acceptable in a pinch.
Split screen is better choice for low light manual focus. Very low light may challenge any screen type, and photographers as well
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Are K-5 focusing screens the same size as K20D focusing screens?
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Are K-5 focusing screens the same size as K20D focusing screens?
Pretty similar, but no, they are not interchangeable. The protruding tab is on the opposite side, for one thing.

I think the K-5/7 focus screen is slightly larger than the K10d/20d screen.
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