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01-21-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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Will a focus screen from an old Pentax SLR work in my K200d?

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No, it is too large. It is 24 x 36mm whereas the K200D has an APS-C sized screen.
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I've read that a screen from a Pentax ME Super works well when cut to the right size. Google 'homemade focus screen for Pentax'. Or check this.
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I used the focusing screen out of an old Zenit camera. IIRC, any camera with either a Pentax K-mount or an M42 mount would have the right registration distance. You just need to cut it down to size and then install some sort of shim to get absolutely precise focusing. I used several layers of foil to calibrate the focusing aids perfectly.
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01-22-2011, 01:39 AM   #5
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thing is.. why even bother with the belt sander and what-not when you can get a perfectly good one from Jinfinance on ebay for $25 shipped? is your time really that value-less?

(I do understand the fun of DIY.. I do it myself. BUT a DIY screen is bound to end up with lots of scratches etc. that'll piss you off no end when you look through the viewfinder)
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QuoteOriginally posted by iClick Quote
Will a focus screen from an old Pentax SLR work in my K200d?
There are two important factors going against it working;
- different dimensions (W*H*T and shape, tabs/notches etc),
- unsuitable for the cameras metering system.

I suspect the smart guys at Pentax know a few secrets too and that's why they don't fit, sell or recommend their old or different camera model screens to their Digital SLRs.

Fwiw: K200D screen is same one used for models K100D; K100D Super; K110D; K-x; K-r.


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