purchased a F3 red dot "P" screen for $14.99 on the big auction site; Purchased a "F" screen for the F4 from B&H for $9.95 - ten minutes later I had a "P" screen for my F4!!!! the focus "dot" confirms focus that I get with the split image.
I have noticed many F3 screens on that site. I take it that your F3 'P' screen is working FB in your F4? I read somewhere recently that focus screens are fully interchangeable between the F4 and F3; so that is true? Or is it just the "red dot" screens that work in the F4? Any caveats worth mentioning? Thanks!
Sun 31-Mar-13 01:16 AM | edited Sun 31-Mar-13 01:36 AM by autoexer
I used the "red dot" because it is the brightest F3 screen from Nikon. I changed the frames on the screens. I took each screen apart - swapped the 'glass' then reassembled each frame. I did end up with a "F" screen for an F3! As for trying the F3 screen (frame) in the F4, no I did not want to try that.
I did notice that the F3 frame was shorter than the F4 frame.
Also, the split ring does go black when using the DOF; where my "K3" screen in my FA does not!
Just be patient during the dis-assembly - re-assembly, and work on a clean white surface (to be able to find the parts you drop! - I know as I did).
on a scale of difficulty of 1 to 10, I would put this at 2!
Thanks for the brick-wall-test shot! Sure enough. I read quite a lot over on photo dot net about screen-transplantation. Your procedure is favored, and installing F3-any screens in F4 bodies is strongly cautioned. The screens themselves are clearly (no pun) interchangeable, but the frames are not. Luckily I have both a couple extra 'B' screens, and am looking now at a bunch of F3 screens on that ginormous auction site, which for some reason are quite a lot cheaper than even the equivalent F4 screen. And some other designs not ever offered. Gonna start with the P.
PS: anyone ever think of starting a 12-step group for Nikon? Sheesh, I'm going to need it one day, though I'll never quit. Never (but I can stop whenever I want to).
People have tried. But, no, there is no cure. After all, I decided I was going to only have one Nikomat, my black FT2. Was going to sell off the chrome FTn that's currently at the Camera Clinic. Nope! Visited Glazer's and found another FTn in their display case, being sold as a body with a bad meter. Discovered that the meter worked, but was mildly erratic. Not jumpy, but kinda responding strangely. Noticed that it had been worked on by Northwest Camera Repair in Everett at one time or another. Got it for $20+tax. On my way home, dropped by Kenmore and asked to use their battery tester. 60%. So, a new battery will cure the meter of its issues. Camera is currently being refoamed by Kenmore.
Next body acquisition is probably going to be an F5.
Yes I love the P screen. I got one for my F2. But it took a long time to find one. Looked for weeks hoping for one to pop up at KEH. Finally found one on Ebay for $50usd buy it now. Looking for another for my other F2-it would be nice to find one at a better price.
D7100 D300, F4e, N90s, N6006, N2000, N6000, D40, N5005, black F2 eye level, chrome F2AS, black Nikomat FTN
Non Nikons: Pentax 645, Pentax ME Super, Pentax Spotmatic II, Minoltas SRT 102, SRT 202, Maxxums 7000 and 7000i, Praktica LB, Kiev 4 rangefinder, Canons TX, A1, FT QL, EF, EOS 630
I just did the same thing, converting an F3 red dot Type K screen into an F4 frame!
I just love how the split-image and the LED >O< indicators in the viewfinder very precisely confirm each other, whether I'm in MF or AF mode. A wonderful improvement in user experience, and I've been using AF since 1987...
I wish all my AF cameras were like this, including digital. It would be a lot more enjoyable using all my MF lenses on the D3, if I had both split-image rangefinder and the electronic focus indicators. But as far as I know, there's no way to get a split-image screen for the D3. So now the F4 is back on top as my favorite camera. I can't stop playing with my new Nikon view of the world.