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Split focus view finder

pittendrigh

Bozeman, US
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pittendrigh Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Sep 2011
Tue 02-Apr-13 02:23 PM | edited Tue 02-Apr-13 02:25 PM by pittendrigh

I have a year old D7000
I installed a 3rd party view finder ..... prism? .... when I bought the camera. I can't remember the brand name. It has been brighter and a tad easier to manual focus than the original. But the difference is not much.

1000 years ago I had a split screen view finder on my ancient and totally manual Nikon F. Manual focus was easy. Even though I have relatively poor eyesight, I would twist the focus ring until two split edges of the subject came together. Then I knew I had razor sharp focus.

D7000 automatic focus (even in spot mode) is troublesome. I like to use a 400mm lens up close. That gets a bit like macro, where you have very little depth of field. The autofocus on birds is always sharp as pistol on the bird's leading shoulder, and a bit blurry on the eye. You can use AP mode on a smaller aperture. But what you really want is razor sharp focus on the bird's eyeball. No matter what.

I'd give up on autofocus. But I'm 63 and my eyesight is sliding downhill fast. Is there a 3rd party product? Any way to make my D7000 have a split screen manual focus?

Or do I need to buy new camera?

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