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03-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Your thoughts please re focusing screen

Hello all.
I currently have a IST DS converted to a dedicated b&w IR body and a K200D. I just got a k2000 with the idea of making it a dedicated body for my old m42 lenses and eventually having the focus screen replaced. With the thought that it would make manual focusing easier. However I find that I am getting great results manually focusing with the camera as it is. I guess my question is would you should I go ahead and change the focusing screen? Any input would be great.
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Simple solution. If it ain't broke. Don't fix it.
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Simple solution. If it ain't broke. Don't fix it.
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Results are all that count.

I replaced the screen in my k-x and found it helped me a lot. When I bought the k-5 I assumed I would do the same but after trying it out I found I was getting goods results with the stock screen so I left it as is.

You can always change it, but wait until you are dissatisfied before changing anything.

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It depends on your eyes. My delaminating eyeballs need all the help I can get when shooting my old MF lenses.

I replaced the stock screen on my K20D with a katzeye-clone and it helps in the right conditions, with contrasty well-lit subjects. But it's not enough. So I depend on focus confirmation and catch-in-focus. I think of the order of usefulness as: 1) the screen gets me in the neighborhood; 2) focus confirmation puts me almost there; 3) CIF nails it.

In other circumstances I depend on zone-focus. (If the zone extends to infinity, it's hyperfocus.) This is especially vital if I'm in bright glare-y light and can barely see what's in the viewfinder. Set the zone, judge distances, wave the camera in the right direction, and shoot.

How much would a focus screen help you? Probably not as much as you hope.

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03-27-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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Thanks to everyone for your input. I think that I will stick with the current screen for now and get a better feel for the camera and my manual focus lenses.

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