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12-14-2011, 07:32 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by ducdao Quote
Which Pentax SLR body that has the best focusing screen that is suitable for the current Pentax DSLR? I have a lot of old Pentax SLR bodies laying in my basement so I might try to recycle the focusing screen for my K10D which is now dedicated to MF lenses.
As I've said, I'm using P30 focusing screen currently (alongside with the Paktica one). It's clear, it's easy to focus with it and it matches the thickness of the original. I wish it had a 45 degree split prism, but there's no problem cutting it at a certain angle. On the other hand, it gets a little bit dark with slower lenses. But as long you are using MF lenses which are generally fast, it is really good one. Overall, I'm very satisfied with it.

12-14-2011, 08:35 AM   #17
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I understand that you've used the one from P30 but that doesn't mean it's the best one among the gazillion Pentax DSL bodies available

When you say slower lenses, any specific aperture? I want to recycle the screen from an old Pentax is mainly to overcome the darkness issues when stopping down, not to save cost. I bought a couple focusing screens from eBay but ended up taking them off because of the darkness issue when stopping the lens down at f4 or so...don't want to have the same issue plus the hassle to cut the focus screen...
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It starts to darken after f/4.0. I'm sitting in a tungsten-lit room and it's completely dark outside atm. Probably it's better at daytime. I remeber attaching the K-r kit lens to P30 and Program A at daytime and it was dark too. So for your needs I think it's no use tearing down your old SLRs
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