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09-20-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Focusing screen on K-5 Mk II models?

I just went to Adorama to look at the K-5 Mk.IIs. I was surprised to see this statement

"The glass Pentaprism viewfinder offers a full 100% field of view, with a Natural-Bright Matte II focusing screen for easier manual focusing."

They state that like it's new. Isn't this the same focusing screen that has been in use, and rather poor, since the K10D?

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Yes, it's the same focusing screen. Remember, retailers just regurgitate what they are told, and spec sheets are full of typos, marketing slogans, and the such

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Yes, it's the same focusing screen. Remember, retailers just regurgitate what they are told, and spec sheets are full of typos, marketing slogans, and the such
Thanks. Yes, it's just that focusing is my central reason for considering the IIs. That statement, in the context of a new K-5 that focuses more accurately is misleading to everyone not an insider. I had to look at it twice to realize that it was same old same old and even then wasn't completely sure.
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Pentax K-5 manual says it has a "interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III" focusing screen. So either a typo somewhere or the K-5II uses a different screen. I'm betting on typo.

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Pentax K-5 manual says it has a "interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III" focusing screen. So either a typo somewhere or the K-5II uses a different screen. I'm betting on typo.
Yes, unless the II model that was in the K10-20 models is somehow better with the AA filter removed than the III model is that the current K-5 comes with??? Typo.
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I believe I've seen similar verbage on blurbs for the K-30 and was wondering if they'd taken steps forward in that area. I guess not.
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