I don't know about the rest of you but I'm waiting as patiently as possible for a brighter screen. My only niggle about the F5 is that the focusing screen is a bit on the dark side. Will be nice when Beatie or even Nikon comes out with a brighter one. The camera works fine but a brighter viewfinder is always nice for low light work.
I have no complaints regarding the brightness of the screen on either my F5 or F100. However, this is a subjective subject, and dark to one person is not dark to the other. Of course when you start getting old like me, you just feel lucky that you can see through the darn thing at all.
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i also shoot with a F-5, and purchased a beattie screen from B&H photo, for $110.00. the one problem i have noticed is that when shifting my focus area in the spot metering i can hardly see lines on the beattie screen, ??? i have given interscreen a call, to find out why, if any body else has had this problem please let me know, thanks. as far as the brightness of the screen it's very noticeable, its worth looking into, i wish NIKON had a bright screen too, time will tell. greg here are the web sites, www.intenscreen.com and for B&H www.bhphotovideo.com.
good luck happy shooting, jeff anderson, nightshooter.
You have f/2.8 lenses, all of them are, in fact. But then, you also list a Tamron 2X teleconverter so with it your lenses all become f/5.6 at best. Could this be the reason for lack of brightness? Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
Since when can you attach the 2x converter to the 35-70. Would really damage that lens. I only use the converter when I really really really need to get those tight shots at the Indy. Never use the converter for normal everday shooting conditions. Will be upgrading to a telephoto before July hits. The dark screen is apparent at all times regardless of a slow or fast lens. And no I don't have the mirror locked up! Read, can't remember where, that the F5 does have a darker screen compared to other Nikon bodies(with factory screens). Think this was a comparison to the F100 that I'm remembering. The difference isn't much but it is noticable. The F5 is a high performance machine that has proven its worth to me since I got it. Gets the shots that were previously impossible. Night and day difference in AF compared to the F90x that I had previously. On another note, the F5 is the first autofocus camera from Nikon that one could use exclusively in autofocus, barring those odd but few times. Don't mean to be offensive or anyting like that with the above. So please don't take any of it the wrong way.
I had substantial correspondence with Nikon/Japan re the F5 screen: It is slightly darker than prior screens due to the design (electrical grid with changing focal rectangles), which Nikon felt (and I agree) is a fair tradeoff. I subsequently installed the architectural grid screen, with electrical grid, which Nikon said was the same brightness.The F100 uses a different system, and to my eye is slightly brighter.To my knowledge, no one is yet producing a brighter screen with the electrical grid, and if anyone has found a producer, please inform me, since it is a little dim(old eyes) with long glass. I asked Nikon to let me know when an F5 screen with fluorescent red rectangles (like the F100)is availble, but no response. One Nikon rep said the F6(!!)would have that and other improvements, but not a brighter screen.
I don't have reliable F6 info. Rumors are:bright red rectangles(not grey>black),additional programmable options,faster(!)focussing speed,less weight& bulk. The rep I spoke with recently repeated the rumors, said he learned more from internet-savvy photographers than Nikon, and admitted that others knew more about the F5 prior to official release than he did.I am so pleased with my F5 (now that battery energy use problem was corrected by Nikon)that I'm only vaguely curious - but would put in a new red rectangle focussisng screen if available. Thanks.