Just wondering if anyone has any experience using focusing screens from FocusingScreen.com? I'm interested in being able to achieve better focus in MF mode and from my vintage film experience am quite familiar with split image focus screens.
This site claims their split image screens do not affect AF; has anyone here used a split image screen in a digital camera? Any issues, how was the overall experience? Any comments on this particular screen maker?
I'd like to hear back how you like it when you get it installed. Did you order the "Precision Matte" or "New Hexagon Matte" screen? They give the same installation instructions for the Df/D800/D600/D610, I'd also know how the installation went. The instructions make it look pretty simple, but somehow I'm thinking it isn't as simple as it looks. Not a lot of room in there to work.
There are instructions for many camera models on the FocusingScreen website. Generally, with the camera lens off and upside down, you release a lock and the screen comes out. Reverse the procedure to install the new screen.
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One thing I don't see on their website is any discussion of exposure compensation that's necessary due to the changed focusing screen. I had a Katzeye split image focusing screen in my D700 and while it worked well, spot metering was affected by the screen and it varied according the maximum aperture of the lens. That made spot metering a bit of a hassle unless all your lenses had similar maximum apertures. Canon screens can vary in brightness, too, and some (especially ones better suited to manual focusing) require exposure adjustments in matrix metering mode when used in Canon cameras. It's possible that none of the screens requires an exposure offset, but that would surprise me.
Sun 09-Feb-14 10:13 PM | edited Sun 09-Feb-14 10:16 PM by mklass
I don't think they've invested a lot of money in their web site, at least the English version. Those translations are just amateurish, making the instructions unclear.
I'd be curious to hear from people who have bought them.
I also tried a KatzEye screen on a D300. It was difficult to put in and they are VERY easily scratched. This is a job that takes a lot of care. Give the cost of the screens, it's not a bad idea to have a shop to it.