Focus screen: yey or ney?

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  1. benlonghair

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    Good monday morning all.

    I was thinking about things I miss from when I learned to shoot with an old Minolta SRT201. First and formost is a fast prime (learned on a 35mm f/2.0) which will be my next lens purchase.

    Second is a split prism focus aid. Apparently they're available for the D60 and not hard to get.

    Are aftermarket ones worth getting? Are they something that a total noob wants to try to install or should I take it to a camera shop?

    As a side note, I think I'm gonna go get some film (while it's still available) and a battery for the Minolta and have some fun with it.
     
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    Bump. Anybody?
     
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    I'm the same way, I have split focus screens in my 10D, my 300D before I destroyed it not so long ago and my Fuji S2.

    I love them. I guess I fear change, its all I've ever used ha. Installing them though, I guess I would search for a tutorial or a repair manual or something and see how it is done.

    I know squat about Nikons.
     
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    I haven't bought mine yet, but am planning to get a Katzeye screen some day soon. I really wished I had one during my recent Alaska trip. I just wish they did an angled screen.

    Katz Eye™ Optics - Custom Focusing Screens

    My local camera store will install it for about $25 and, although they're not supposed to be hard to put in, I think I'll let someone else muck around in there. They have good reviews.


    Ian
     
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    That would be a very handy little unit to have, I will have to look into this at some point.

    film....while its still available...what do you mean. I seriosly doubt there going to stop making it anytime soon.
     
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    so whats exactly the point of these?
    my D90 seems to have one built in that i can turn on and off?
     
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    For critical focusing where many of us prefer to use manual focus, precise focus is easier for many of us with a screen like this. This was the standard back in the film SLR day and has been eliminated on dSLR's where most people trust and use AF lenses.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to order one. Playing around last night shooting at the moon I realized that while the AF is good, it's certainly not perfect and the viewfinder is too small to see detail quickly.

    I suppose I could fix the viewfinder problem with this:

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    But for $20k vs $150 I'll go with the focus screen.
     
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    That's
    just lines projected onto teh focusing screen to aid composition.
     

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