Zeiss 100 f/2 makro-plannar
With the purchase of the Z100f/2 makro planar would it be advised to purchaes a focus screen. I have a D-300 and any suggestions regarding additional equipment to get this off the ground is very much appreciated.
#1. "RE: Zeiss 100 f/2 makro-plannar" | In response to Reply # 0
#2. "RE: Zeiss 100 f/2 makro-plannar" | In response to Reply # 0stanatjp Nikonian since 27th Jun 2008Tue 30-Jun-09 02:37 AM
I use the Katz eye focusing screen for my D300 and Zeiss manual lens. It uses the traditional split prism for focus. It works great. Easy to install (although I'll admit I was initially a bit intimidated to open the camera and replace the focus screen). It costs about $100 and you can order from www.katzeyeoptics.com.
I suppose its only a matter of preference, whether to use a focus screen or Liveview as also suggested.
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#3. "RE: Zeiss 100 f/2 makro-plannar" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 30-Jun-09 08:57 AM
I too am a fan of the Katzeye screens, but:
1) if you get one, I'd get the OptiBright option. It helps A LOT with viewing DOF, because it makes the screen much brighter. I find that this option is actually the best reason for having a Katzeye, actually.
2) LiveView is, inherently, a more accurate method of focusing. Nikon's screen mounting is subject to some alignment or positioning issues. Nothing that can't be sorted out, but it can be a bit exasperating until resolved. Because LiveView is using the actual sensor that will capture the image, it is impossible be out of alignment with itself. However, my limited experience with LiveView suggests that it's fairly hard to use it hand-held, so if your shooting habits with the ZF will be hand-held, I'd recommend the Katzeye. If you're mostly going to use this on a tripod, try LiveView before you get the screen. One other advantage of the screen is that it does not use batteries. In my experience, LiveView tends to gobble batteries in a long macro session, where I use LiveView moderately often.
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