help manually focus

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    So in the near future im going to sell my oly setup and switch,,,..

    until then i want the best out of my gear. looking through the tiny view finder, i can never get perfect focus. is there a method to focusing where you look at the numbers on the dial on the body of the 50 mm 1.8 OM lens in relation to distance of subject?
     
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    Any particular reason why you don't use Auto focus?
     
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    i cant afford auto auto focus 50 mm lens for oly,,,,, so i got OM,,, is the reason im switching to canon
     
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    Katz is awesome but If um gonna spend 100$.. I'm not gonna use manual...
     
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    I've heard of a number of people have decent luck with the cheap off shore versions of the split focusing screens. May not be a good as the Katzeye, but definitely a lot cheaper. (if they make one for your brand of camera)
     
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    my nikon gives me a green dot when my subject's in focus. its not always accurate but i found that if i focus to the closest distance that still gives me the green dot, 95% of the time, its the focus i want.
     
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    Well i don't have your camera Patrick :D on manual lens it doesn't give me green dot. I'll look around for cheaper focus screens
     
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    Hmm should I try one I found for $21.... Money i could put towards an XSi
     
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    You may also want to learn more about Depth of Field (how to calculate) and Hyperfocal Distance. If your manual focus lens has a DoF scale, you can use that too.
     
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