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07-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #16
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I guess all the high praise for the screens are for unmarked ones?
It is hard to say. From what I can tell, it appears that very few K-3 owners have installed aftermarket screens. Either that or their participation on this forum is low.


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It is hard to say. From what I can tell, it appears that very few K-3 owners have installed aftermarket screens. Either that or their participation on this forum is low.

I received the S-type screen from, the version without the AF markings, and installed it.
Bottom line is: exposure is indeed a bit more consistent than with the screen with AF markings with my sigma 500/4.5 + 1.4tc, which is f6.3 wide open. The link a few posts back shows that at this aperture, the lines of the AF markings are very visible, and may very well influence exposure metering on the advanced K3, depending on the scene.
But when replacing the stock screen, you will get over- and under-exposure with different lenses, all behaving in their own way depending on chosen aperture in Av mode. My Zeiss ZK lenses are still all over the place, heavily under- or over exposing depending on aperture. But as long as this behavior is consistent, it's merely a matter of learning this behavior of your lenses and compensate for it. Granted: this takes some time.
I recently got a Sony A7r, and what a revelation this camera is with my Zeiss ZK lenses: just set the aperture with the aperture ring on the lens, put the camera in Av mode, and metering is always spot on, with the EVF compensating for the loss of light as you close the aperture. With the K3 I wouldn't see anything at f8, so I used Av mode with the aperture ring on the lens at the a(utomated) setting, and setting the aperture on the camera. The K3 then has to calculate the exposure at a chosen aperture, from the wide open light metering through the custom screen, and it just cannot do this right. With the stock screen, it was no problem.

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