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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-26-2018, 10:05 PM  
Focusing Screen or LV Aid or Tenpa 1.36 Magnifier?
Posted By david94903
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I haven't tried the Tenpa 1.2, so can't speak to it. I was disappointed the 1.36 didn't work so well on the FF body. I like the O-ME53, works fine but but if I didn't use LV so much, I might look for an alternative. So for me, it's less of an issue these days.

With my Hoodman, I never take it out when in the field. Last thing I need is one more "thing" to think about. I only use it for close up/macro work, with camera on the tripod, in "studio" (AKA the dining room table. We all have our rich fantasy lives, LOL!). And half the time I forget all about using it anyway. It does work though, as long as it's not ignored via operator error :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-25-2018, 10:16 PM  
Focusing Screen or LV Aid or Tenpa 1.36 Magnifier?
Posted By david94903
Replies: 17
Views: 1,259
I can't speak to your specific lens but over the last ten years I've been down the road of Focusing Screen, LV Aids, and the Tenpa 1.36 Magnifier (and other knock-offs). Since 2008, I've been using the Tenpa 1.36, first on my K20d, then to my K-5, and on to my K-3 (with modifications to the mounting bracket). I found it doesn't play well with my K-1, it does not appear to be full frame friendly. So I'm currently using the O-ME53, which is fine but I do miss the Tenpa. I've also ventured into the world of split focusing screens. I installed a Katzeye in my K20d and one of my K-5's (while using my Tenpa eye piece). I liked it a lot. I'd heard rumors of it affecting the AF, never experienced such an issue. And is was great with my MF lenses. My workflow these days typically includes a tripod so I've gravited to using LV for about 80% of my work. I find that LV less about the fine focusing (I do own a Hoodman, rarely use it. I find the AF to does an excellent job most of the time, and I can adjust the fine focus if I feel the need; and of course with my MF lenses, LV works best for me) but it's really about using the histogram in LV. Having that histogram information available has a big affect on the way I'll approach an image.

I'd say at the end of the day, it's really about your shooting style/workflow. If you're not hauling a tripod, LV isn't going to be the solution. If you're shooting a APS-c sensor, I can recommend the Tenpa (just don't store your camera with the eyepiece down, you could snap the eyepiece off). And if you're using a lot of MF lenses, a split focusing screen will serve you well.

So there's my 2 cents from personal experience. Hope this helps.

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