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06-14-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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Focusing screen compatibility

Is the K-50 screen compatible with the K-3? Or if I buy a new body am I going to have to line up another screen, as well?

06-14-2016, 12:39 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by disord3r Quote
Is the K-50 screen compatible with the K-3? Or if I buy a new body am I going to have to line up another screen, as well?
They are different. K-7, K5, K5ii, K3, K3ii all use the same screen however.

EDIT - I misrecalled. The K100d / K100d Super is different not the K-50. I have owned all of these and got mixed up.

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QuoteOriginally posted by disord3r Quote
Is the K-50 screen compatible with the K-3? Or if I buy a new body am I going to have to line up another screen, as well?
QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
They are different. K-7, K5, K5ii, K3, K3ii all use the same screen however.
It is not my intent to directly contradict you, but they are the same. This archived page from the KatzEye Web site gives a pretty clear indication of Pentax APS-C screen types through February 2015.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150206040350/http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/cat-...at_pentax.html

...and also this current page from the Ricoh Imaging (Japan) Web site...

Viewfinder Accessories | RICOH IMAGING (Japanese)


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I was able to take the focussing screen I purchased for my k30 and install it in my k3 without issue. Since the k50 is essentially the same camera I don't see why you would have problems with your k3

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
It is not my intent to directly contradict you, but they are the same. This archived page from the KatzEye Web site gives a pretty clear indication of Pentax APS-C screen types through February 2015.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150206040350/http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/cat-...at_pentax.html

...and also this current page from the Ricoh Imaging (Japan) Web site...

Viewfinder Accessories | RICOH IMAGING (Japanese)


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I was able to take the focussing screen I purchased for my k30 and install it in my k3 without issue. Since the k50 is essentially the same camera I don't see why you would have problems with your k3
You guys are correct. I got my cameras mixed up. I also have a K100D and a K100D Super and that is the one that is different from my K-3.
Thanks for correcting this mistake. I have edited my original post to reflect this.
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Just to include a couple newer bodies, the following bodies all use the same screen: K-7, K-5, K-5II, K-5IIs, K-3, K-3II, K-30, K-50, K-500, K-S1, K-S2, and K-70. (2017: Add the KP.)

An easy way to verify is to look at the accessories available for each camera on the official Ricoh Imaging / Pentax website. They all list the MF-60, MI-60, ME-60, and ML-60 screens (they are all matte screens, just with different bracket lines).

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I had a strong suspicion that they might be, but figured I'd check. Thanks for the info!

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Soooo... if I've got this right - if i use my Katzeye's K-500 focusing screen, will it work without any problems on K-S1? Even tho viewfinder specs for K-500 and K-S1 are a bit different (0.92 vs 0.95 magnification)...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Trickortreat Quote
Soooo... if I've got this right - if i use my Katzeye's K-500 focusing screen, it will work without any problems on K-500. Even tho viewfinder specs for K-500 and K-S1 are a bit different (0.92 vs 0.95 magnification)...
Yes the K-500 screen will work in a K-500, what does that have to do with a K-S1?
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
Yes the K-500 screen will work in a K-500, what does that have to do with a K-S1?
There was a typo in my original post, read it again now
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Ah. @Thoog will need to answer.
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They all use the same screen. Viewfinder magnification should not make a difference, as that takes place above the screen.
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Tnx... now i just need to swap my k-500 for k-s2
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