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05-26-2010, 09:34 AM   #91
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I have bought a hand made ground glass plain screen for my k10d online.

I have not tested it other than installing it, but the focus transition is amazingly clear and it is fairly bright.

I feel I should write a review and let others know of this option.
Actual glass?

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QuoteOriginally posted by cps_goodbuy Quote
I feel I should write a review and let others know of this option.
It may be helpful to provide more details:

Where from?
How much?
Shimming requirements - if any?

etc.
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Actual glass?
Will be testing... shims are dependent on the camera tolerances I think?
Info so far:
Hand Ground Glass
Roughly between 25 and 30 dollars
American Sourced

Edit/Update: does not seem to affect metering.
Will be testing the screen over this weekend, and I have spoken with the manufacturer and may be able to setup a group buy if the screen performs well and there is interest.

Edit:Update: Slightly overexposes I think?
Attaching a photo crop focusing on the tip of the front prong.
Needed to remove a shim and add a plastic shim to solve a front focusing problem with current shim.
Pretty good. Screen represents an accurate depth of field imho

I will contact a member of pentaxforums to write a review.
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Any update?

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btw, how many of you didnt use the shims on your focus screen?
I started by making shims out of stickynotes. However after about a year the focus screen fell out (on my wife who had taken the camera on a business trip).

I've since bought the first four thicknesses from Pentax Canada and got it focusing perfectly. It makes a world of difference.
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Yea it was really tedious, screen out, shim out, shim in, screen in, trial and error over and over, constantly battling dust- next thing ya know there's some kind of grunge on my sensor... But now it's perfect, definitely worth the trouble.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chrish Quote
Any update?
Will be testing... shims are dependent on the camera tolerances I think?
Info so far:
Hand Ground Glass
Roughly between 25 and 30 dollars
American Sourced

Edit/Update: does not seem to affect metering.
Will be testing the screen over this weekend, and I have spoken with the manufacturer and may be able to setup a group buy if the screen performs well and there is interest.

Edit:Update: Slightly overexposes I think?
Attaching a photo crop focusing on the tip of the front prong.
Needed to remove a shim and add a plastic shim to solve a front focusing problem with current shim.
Pretty good. Screen represents an accurate depth of field imho

I will contact a member of pentaxforums to write a review.
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Many thanks to WheresWaldo for this excellent review and thread which led me to install the focusingscreen.com K3 screen in my K10D. Previously, I had tried the jinfinance screen and the LL-60.

I've had it installed for a week now and it is excellent, comparing very well to the Katz-eye (with Optibrite) that I have installed in my Nikon D80. No more exposure problems and blackouts and I find the horizontal split very easy to use.

I recommend to anybody still thinking about this.

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ok, im using the k20d mostly with manual focus lenses, but many of my shots are out of focus, wich of theses focusing screen will help me to perfect my focusing? wich one is better value for money? thanks...
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FYI- we feature a database for the purpose of reviewing focusing screens (and other accessories) found here: PentaxForums.com Photo Software and Pentax Accessory Review Database - Focusing Screens - Third-Party

Adding your reviews/screens there would make browsing much easier for others.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
A friend found a discarded Spotmatic F. It has the two ring microprism focusing aids. I just tried focusing with the Tak 55/1.8 at f/4 using the matte surround and compared the screen to my M100/4 on the k10d with the LL-60 screen. The brightness is within a stop. ....
This is weird, when I look through an ME viewfinder the view is much brighter than through the Spotmatic . Has the ME got a brighter sight path for other reasons ?

very interesting thread thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by cps_goodbuy Quote
Will be testing... shims are dependent on the camera tolerances I think?
Info so far:
Hand Ground Glass
Roughly between 25 and 30 dollars
American Sourced

Edit/Update: does not seem to affect metering.
Will be testing the screen over this weekend, and I have spoken with the manufacturer and may be able to setup a group buy if the screen performs well and there is interest.

Edit:Update: Slightly overexposes I think?
Attaching a photo crop focusing on the tip of the front prong.
Needed to remove a shim and add a plastic shim to solve a front focusing problem with current shim.
Pretty good. Screen represents an accurate depth of field imho

I will contact a member of pentaxforums to write a review.
Very much interested in where you got this... Can you name the source? Honestly, for 25 bucks I'd almost be willing to jump for it even without reviews. A matte glass screen with accurate DoF is hard to come by these days...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
FYI- we feature a database for the purpose of reviewing focusing screens (and other accessories) found here: PentaxForums.com Photo Software and Pentax Accessory Review Database - Focusing Screens - Third-Party

Adding your reviews/screens there would make browsing much easier for others.
I posted my feelings about Katzeye and added one more: LinkDelight.

To be honest, for 200 bucks I was expecting more from KatzEye.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Belcik Quote
I posted my feelings about Katzeye and added one more: LinkDelight.

To be honest, for 200 bucks I was expecting more from KatzEye.
What do you think of the Katzeye screen?
And more importantly... what were your expectations?

I've tried many screens in the past, but always ended-up settling with the Kaztzeye screens. They seem better made(QC) and the optibright seems unmatched by anything else on the market.
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really great thread. Thank you so much WheresWaldo. Great job.
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