Anyone have experience with aftermarket focusing screens?

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  1. William Petruzzo

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    Back in the day, the camera I used had a handy split prism focusing screen. It made a breeze of manual focus. Of course, my current Canon 5D has nothing like that. So when I'm shooting at big apertures, like sub f/2.8, I have to rely on spot auto-focus, which usually works. But sometimes, misses it. Especially if I'm close up and the difference between an eye and an eyelash is a big deal.

    I know that aftermarket screens are made for the 5D, I'm just wondering if anyone has any actual personal experience with them.

    So, what do you think?
     
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    Hmm, on the last TWiP podcast, they mentioned the split prisms. I think one guy had them on a few cameras and loved them...or maybe he was ordering them and loved them...
     
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    I have a split cross screen in my 5D from slrdaren.com It works great. I've used Katzeye screens in my other DSLRs, and they work great too, but SLRDaren is cheaper. I still think the big disadvantage is that DSLR viewfinders are so small and dim. I want big and bright like my Nikon FM2n.
     
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    Hear Hear! This was my biggest let down after picking up a D700. The viewfinder is the same size as the D200. What a waste.
     

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