>It's usually taken me more than one try to get it aligned correctly >so that the split image rangefinder agreed with the green >dot.color>
There's the rub. As explained well from a more technical point of view by a previous poster, the bottom line is that I don't want my Katz Eye to agree with the green dot. I want the Katz Eye to do a better job than the green dot. That's 95% of the reason (for me, with a D80 and D200) for getting one in the first place.
If I wanted to use the green dot, I'd just AF and let the camera take care of it.
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This is all new to me. I googled it and found out what a Katzeye screen is but what is the advantage.... a bulls eye so to speak? Pardon my stupid question, the answer is perhaps obvious...but not to me
They have a split-image viewfinder in the middle of the screen, just like those found on many of the older manual focus cameras. If you're focusing manually, they're easier to use than looking for the light or the LCD that indicates your subject is in sharp focus.
I've done 3 D200 installs and 1 D300, very straightforward and they now ship a special tool with the screens that is easier to use than a fine screwdriver. Read the instructions several times and don't do it under pressure...
Hi, yes I do, order them straight off the Katz website and both have arrived quicklyy and with no customs or shipping issues. Rachael provides excellent pre and post sales comms if you have any queries...
I have been thinking of getting a Katzeye to assist in manual focus, as my eyes are not what they once were. Any comments about the Optibrite Treatment? Is this a desirable option to purchase or not? Thanks.
I've written about this extensively in the past - do a search for optibrite and sender = me for the full effect.
In general, if you're going to be using DOF preview (traditional macro work, or many landscape situations), or shooting with a slow lens (f/5.6 or slower), OptiBrite may be the most valuable reason to use a Katzeye.
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It is remotely possible that your camera is not calibrated accurately enough to take advantage of the screen. This happened to me with my D700. Even with a perfectly aligned split screen, the images were out of focus. I let KatzEye know about it, and they offered to walk me through the shimming/adjustment procedure, but I bit the bullet and sent the camera and screen in.
Indeed but the need for such adjustment can't, as far as I am aware, be caused by installing the screen - assumng you don't misplace an shims - and should be a visible error with the standard screen. Son still worth user-fitting in the first place IMHO.
I've had two installed (in a D70 and D200) by Rachel at Katzeye. She noted that many digital cameras are NOT properly calibrated for manual focusing. Being blunt - given the way that 99.9% of the buyers will default to autofocus, who's really going to notice - and why would Nikon 'waste' money trying to adhere to strict specs for a focusing screen when 99.9% of the customers would never notice.
Rachel checks for proper calibration - shims as needed AND does a nice job cleaning while at it. All in all, a bargain IMO.
> >Rachel checks for proper calibration - shims as needed AND >does a nice job cleaning while at it. All in all, a bargain >IMO. > >I expect my D300 will be headed off shortly.
Mine will be headed off shortly also. I did my own D70 which was quite easy, but D200 is not as easy - so I'm going to let her do the D300, too. Rachael installed, calibrated and cleaned. Well worth the extra few $. I'm sending my D300 as soon as I finish a project this coming weekend.