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Crisol Registered since 15th Apr 2013Mon 15-Apr-13 05:22 PM
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"RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"


Barcelona, ES
          

Hello

I am new here, and recently buyed a Nikon D3200. Before I had a Nikon N70 and from this time I had a 28-300 AF, but as it has no focus motor, I need to use manual focusing.

I also have some old AIS lenses, but I,m waiting for an emulator chip:

http://www.ebay.es/itm/230779049749?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

For manual focusing, any of you has experience with this three helping devices:

Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3.0 Professional

http://www.ebay.es/itm/330768342127?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

ViewFinder View Finder mirino LCD 2,8x 3''

http://www.ebay.es/itm/281071097302?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

180° level split image Focusing Screen for Nikon D3100

http://www.ebay.es/itm/251038737028?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Wich one will be better for manual focus?.

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Mon 15-Apr-13 07:58 PM
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#1. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Mon 15-Apr-13 08:00 PM by JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
          

For focus, I would expect only the screen to help. However, I do question the quality of a $25 screen, as opposed to
http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/item--Nikon-D3100-D3200-D5100-Focusing-Screen--prod_D3100.html

I have the Hood Loupe, and it works great for viewing the LCD is bright light. But for focus, the LCD will only show you how well or poorly you did after the fact.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 16-Apr-13 02:16 AM
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#2. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Hi Pau,

You might want to try using Live View to focus.
I would recommend using a tripod when using Live View.

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Crisol Registered since 15th Apr 2013Tue 16-Apr-13 11:47 AM
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#3. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Barcelona, ES
          

>For focus, I would expect only the screen to help. However,
>I do question the quality of a $25 screen, as opposed to
>http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/item--Nikon-D3100-D3200-D5100-Focusing-Screen--prod_D3100.html
>
>I have the Hood Loupe, and it works great for viewing the LCD
>is bright light. But for focus, the LCD will only show you
>how well or poorly you did after the fact.
>
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>Joseph K
>Seattle, WA, USA
>
>D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
>50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX
>

>
Thans for your recommendation. It really look like katzeye is a better option, but it doesn´t seems reasonable to spend $200 on a $400 camera body, that why I asked for a cheaper focus screen. Once I get a D7100 (I hope in one o two years), I might consider it reasonable.

  

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Crisol Registered since 15th Apr 2013Tue 16-Apr-13 11:50 AM
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#4. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Barcelona, ES
          

I have to learn to use live view yet, and first I have to get a good tripod. My old one was stolen together with 2 olympus cameras I had.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 16-Apr-13 01:55 PM
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#5. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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US
          

Hi Pau,

Sorry to hear of the theft of your gear.
When you get a chance give Live View a try.

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Wed 17-Apr-13 03:21 AM
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Martinsville, US
          

>Hi Pau,
>
>You might want to try using Live View to focus.
>I would recommend using a tripod when using Live View.

on my 3200 I can't make the display bright enough when using Outside. and using inside even when I had to use it for movies. I wasn't particular impressed not enough brightness and contrast if you adjust the Brightness then it sort of washes out. Plus the fact that using Live eats Battery power like nobody's business.

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Crisol Registered since 15th Apr 2013Sat 04-May-13 04:42 PM
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#7. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Barcelona, ES
          

Hello again Phillip

I have been trying to focus with MF with 4 old lenses, without very good results (500 F8 N, 300mm f/4.5 AiS, 28-300 Vivitar, and a 100-400 Vivitar). Best result using live view with maximum magnification, specially with the 500 F8 N.

Afterwards I realized that my focus target whats not a good one.

Been thining on buying one of these two:

http://www.ebay.es/itm/281071097302?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

http://www.ebay.es/itm/360527781413?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Tested one of those manual screen on a D5100 of a friend who bought it and not so good results unless you have a lens with a big aperture (less than F5.3).

By the moment and using a modified carboard box to protect the screen from the sun.

  

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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sun 05-May-13 08:23 PM
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#8. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Martinsville, US
          

The first item sounds interesting.

I miss the Focus Markers that were on the D3000 they were 10 times darker than the focus Markers (in the view finder) you could definitely tell when you had the Diopter setting on Camera right. On the 3200 They are so Faint they are difficult to see.

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Crisol Registered since 15th Apr 2013Thu 30-May-13 02:50 PM
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#9. "RE: splitimage focusing screen for manual focus"
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Barcelona, ES
          

It is very interesting and a lot cheaper that other options.

By now I am using a black cardbox when there is too much sunlight.

  

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