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KatzEye focusing screen advice

Gdogger

Moscow, US
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Gdogger Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Sep 2012
Thu 07-Nov-13 04:19 PM

Hello Gang,

I am seriously interested in purchasing a KatzEye replacement focusing screen for my D200. Since this is a non-trivial expense, I have the following questions for the group:

1. Does this noticebly improve manual focusing with relatively fast (f2.8 and faster) MF glass?
2. How easy is it to focus with slower (f/4.5) MF glass?
3. I assume there is no affect on AF capability - is this correct?
4. Should I pay the extra $55 for the OptiBrite treatment? My #1 lens for this body will be my 90-180 f/4.5 flat-field macro zoom.
5. How easy is this to install? I have read the pdf with the instructions. I have a workbench, a florescent ring light with a magnifier, tweezers, etc. I "think" I can do this, but mucking about in the mirror box makes me nervous.

My eventual plans are to use the D200 exclusively for macro, and purchase a newer body for general use. I haven't figured out the whole DX/FX thing, so I don't know if I will get a D300, D700 or a D7100. I'm leaning towards a D700 right now, as I currenlty don't have any lenses that would be considered "really wide" in DX format, and I can't work up the enthusiasm to buy a DX ultra-wide zoom, as NIkon seems to be moving away from DX.

Thanks!

Bill

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."

Marcus Aurelius

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