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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-22-2016, 07:12 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
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Curious, did you get the Optibrite treatment with your Katzeye too? I've had near zero issues seeing mine with manual lenses, or using AF ones manually (ie Bower 85 1.4, Revuenon 50 1.4, DA*55, D FA100WR). Perhaps Optibrite is the difference.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-07-2016, 03:51 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
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I'm using mostly faster lenses like the DA*200 and D FA100 (and ordered mine with Optibrite) so maybe that's the difference? FWIW I have a lot of floaters too but your eyesight sounds much worse than mine, and sorry to hear that too. In spite of that you've posted darn nice photos here. Now I'm even more impressed!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-07-2016, 01:49 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
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They say they're out of material to make any more so this was it.

---------- Post added 06-07-16 at 05:37 PM ----------


Uncle Vanya, after installing my Katzeye earlier today I have almost no issue with quick focus. I just tried my Pentax 10-17 at 10mm and while not as easy it was still reliable. It occurred to me tho that I also have an O ME53 magnifying eyepiece so maybe the combination of the two is the difference?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-07-2016, 10:13 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
I had put off installing mine until today as I was a little nervous about it after my local camera shop guy told me that's one of the few things he won't do, replace a focusing screen. Far too fragile according to him. Well surprised me, it was easy peasy other than momentarily confusing the retainer with the focusing screen. Whew, glad those don't come out easy.

Big big difference with manual focusing. Much happier with it than I could have expected, and probably needed for that 85mm 1.4 I have coming. No regrets whatsoever.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-26-2016, 04:42 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Me three!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-21-2016, 09:45 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Wow, great deal. About $100 less than buying new, which of course you can't do anymore anyway. How lucky were you to stumble on that listing.Were you looking for it or happenstance?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-13-2016, 04:51 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
I'll let you know how it does on my KS2... :p

I was lucky to read the thread when it popped up here a couple days ago. I normally wouldn't have bothered as I figured it was just some old news. Even when I clicked the link for the heck of it I expected the previous"sorry out of business" statement. Surprise! Big thanks to the OP.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-12-2016, 05:59 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
You did good grasshopper:lol:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-12-2016, 02:02 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
That's a point I hadn't even considered. It makes me feel even better about choosing it as an option. Thanks for your posting your experience with KatzEye screens.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-12-2016, 05:27 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Dang that was quick. Glad I didn't ponder over it for a day or two.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 03:59 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
I kinda trust Ms. Katz, who has tested these on dozens of camera models, for the proper advice. According to her there's negligible effect on metering.

"Generally, most of the light meter effects (if there are any) are caused by the presence of the prism itself, and not by the brightness of the screen or the OptiBrite™ treatment. In most cameras, OptiBrite™ treatment will cause a maximum of 1/3 f-stops shift of the light meter."
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 02:00 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
I asked Rachel Katz advice on it and I'll let you know what she says.

---------- Post added 05-11-16 at 04:04 PM ----------

And just like that I have the reply, I had asked:
"I added the OptiBrite option but typically shoot fast fixed aperture glass like the Sigma 17-50 and Pentax *200, both F2.8's. But I also sometimes add a 1.4 or 1.7 tele-extender to the *200. If you think I should stick with the stock Katzeye for best results feel free to modify my order"


And her answer:
"... I would be happy to change your order if you’d like, but I honestly think you made the right call. Your f2.8 lenses are on the border in terms of seeing justifiable benefit from the OptiBrite treatment, but the tele-converters definitely push it into solidly recommended for the OptiBrite. So unless you decide you’ve changed your mind, I would not be inclined to change the order."

So there 'ya go. They are very responsive so if there's other questions for them just send an email. It's going to be sad to see them go. Companies with good service like this are becoming much too rare.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 12:32 PM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
If all you did was let autofocus lenses do their thing then you don't need a different focusing screen anyway. These are for folks who do a fair amount of manual focusing.

As for the OptiBrite option I think it generally brightens the view especially at smaller apertures where the standard Katzeye may start to noticeable darken. The trade-off with with OptiBrite is the split circle will be harder to see at wide apertures if you're using lenses like the D FA100, *200 or perhaps even *300 and other fast equivalents. I'm a bit up in the air about the wisdom of adding OptiBrite myself since the DA*200 is one of my most often used. But I also tag it with a 1.4TC or 1.7TC or even both on occasion so I'm just guessing it'll be the right choice for me.

Since it's probably going to be a few weeks before these start shipping out and there's time to modify my order I'm hoping some much-more-experienced user here will offer some free advice :cool:

---------- Post added 05-11-16 at 03:50 PM ----------

BTW Rachel said business was still good, but it was simply time to move onto other things.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 11:53 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
FocusingScreen is repurposing screens made for Canikon's and cutting them to fit (!) if I understand correctly (and it's entirely possible I don't). They also don't have an option similar to Optibrite.
If so IMHO Katzeye's build to fit screens should perform better
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 10:32 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Might have been silly to do so as I usually use fast glass anyway, but I added the OptiBrite option. I don't think there's much downside.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-11-2016, 08:30 AM  
Very Last Chance for KatzEye Focusing Screens ("Final Production Run")
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 98
Views: 8,017
Ordered. Thanks for the heads-up! Missed it the last time it was "Final". This time it's REALLY final.
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