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D700 - Focus Screens - KatzEye

BrianS

Longmeadow, US
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BrianS Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2007
Mon 16-Jul-12 09:54 PM

I had an opportunity to shoot a Canon 5D that had a Canon Super Precision Matte focusing screen in it. I liked how the screen performed when shooting at shallow DOF.

I'm wondering if the KatzEye Optics Focusing Screen would give me similar results with my D700.

If you have used one of their screens, I'm wondering if someone could give me some feedback as to what differences you notice with it (aside from the split prism..) and how it functions with AF etc..

Are their any other brands to consider?

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Brian



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ptremb

Manchester, US
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#1. "RE: D700 - Focus Screens - KatzEye" | In response to Reply # 0

ptremb Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2010
Mon 16-Jul-12 11:05 PM

I purchase a Katzeye for my d3000 2 years ago as all I could afford at the time was af lenses. I found it to be a big improvement over the standard matte screen, they are really good but not the same as an old style f series focus screen however, just different. I found it didn't seem to affect the af system when using a kit lens, the green dot indicator seemed to be fairly close & also found no change in the exposure but I did get the 'special ultra bright coating' that made it more transparent I also found the only other offerings were from china sellers that seemed to be priced to go if you know what I mean. Made me question the quality. Katzeye are made in Massachusetts on an as needed basis they don't keep a large stock on hand, so when you order, it may take a few days to make it.

Seems that the big guys have no need to make split screen screens any more & rather you just buy a new lens. Darn shame as some of the best lenses are now dirt cheep but you can't use them to the fullest if you can't tell if the subject your aiming for is in focus.

I have been pondering getting one for the 700 but as it has the screw drive I get to use my old lenses & unless I am trying to photograph a subject behind something I don't mf very much.

Since canon can do it maybe if all the pro body owners got together and pestered enough do you think Nikon might be nice enough to make a old school split screen for us?

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BrianS

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#2. "RE: D700 - Focus Screens - KatzEye" | In response to Reply # 1

BrianS Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2007
Tue 17-Jul-12 09:35 AM

Thanks for the input Paul.

I suspect if there isn't a market for it, Nikon won't make it.
I guess $100 isn't a huge investment in the grande scope of things..



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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#3. "RE: D700 - Focus Screens - KatzEye" | In response to Reply # 2

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 2006
Tue 17-Jul-12 09:05 PM

Most folks do not use manual focus, so in the general case the inclusion of the manual focus aids would just clutter up the viewfinder, in theory.

I thought about getting a KatzEye screen for my D700, but I just don't do enough manual focus work to justify it. The downside to the KatzEye screen specifically for the D700 is that it is a split prism only, no macro prism ring around it. All the other models have both.

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