I am a big fan of the MF lenses from Voigtlander and Zeiss. But the shipping screen with the D800/s isn't the best for manual focusing. I had a Katz Eye split screen on my D300s, but I don't see support/product for the D800/e on the Katz Eye website. When I was looking for the D300s screen there was another company called brightscreen.com, but their website has since shutdown.
Have any of you installed a new screen on your camera? What solution did you find?
Agreed that live view is the only real option. I wonder if Nikon will ever go to EVF on their pro style cameras. Sony has it on the A99 and their new 36mp offering, the A7r. That and the moveable lcd is a real help, especially when shooting from a low position, which I tend to favor for a lot of landscapes. Of course LV is EVF, but not in the viewfinder.
Thanks for the info and advice. It sounds like I am going to have to learn a new skill. I just haven't ever used the rear screen for focusing. Maybe I am just getting old, but there is an intimacy with the viewfinder that is going to be hard to give up with the MF lenses.
I completely agree with you about the viewfinder and it makes me cringe when I see people with top end cameras using holding their cameras at arms length, like a point-and-shoot camera, and using live view to compose their shots. It wasn't mentioned above, but of course, using LV and zooming in to focus better is only practical when using a tripod too.
> Maybe I am just getting old, but there is >an intimacy with the viewfinder that is going to be hard to >give up with the MF lenses.
I agree. I can sort of do OK manual focusing my MF lenses using the optical viewfinder in my D700. What works well and preserves the viewfinder experience is using my Zacuto Z-Finder on the LCD. The 2.5x magnification means I can focus using Live View without zooming in. And I continue to hold it to my eye, albeit using a different eyepiece.
I agree, with the Zacuto it is pretty easy, but forget about hand holding with such a rig. Very heavy. I have a Sony NEX 7, and the eyelevel and the rear screen are live view, and allow magnified focusing, so it has the best of both worlds. I still use my D800e for serious work due to the lenses available, t/s, etc.
Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we are not able to support the Nikon D800/D800E at this time. This is certainly a model we would like to support, but technical limitations are preventing us from making screens for these cameras. We are working diligently on a solution, and remain hopeful that we can support the D800, although I cannot offer any assurances or a release date yet. I will add your name to the interest list for the Nikon D800 and you will receive updates if/when more information becomes available. I am sorry we cannot meet your current need, but if I can be of any other service, please feel free to ask.
Best regards, Rachael Katz KatzEyeT Optics Toll Free: 855-KatzEye (528-9393) Outside USA: +1.413.743.2523 www.katzeyeoptics.com END QUOTE
I have to give them credit for a prompt (less than 24hrs) response. But sure wish the answer was different. I wonder exactly what the technical limitations are? The current screen is removable. Curious minds and all.
I like the KatzEye screen on my D700, and I noticed an improvement over the original screen when using older MF lenses.
When I started using the D800, I noticed a slight improvement in the original screen vs. the D700 original screen. After some use, I can focus the older MF lenses on the D800 (with the original screen) as well as on the D700 with the KatzEye.