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EG-S focusing screen for 5D2 - Good to have?

 
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Jun 24, 2011 13:42 |  #1
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I am thinking about buying an EG-S focusing screen for my 5D2, because I am trying to find a way to achieve better focus with the outer focus points.

My plan is to continue using auto focus, and fine tune it by manual focus, with the help from a focusing screen.

Anyone here using this kind of screen and can tell me if it is worth it? :)

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Jun 24, 2011 13:59 |  #2

Ricku wrote in post #12651576 (external link)
I am thinking about buying an EG-S focusing screen for my 5D2, because I am trying to find a way to achieve better focus with the outer focus points.

My plan is to continue using auto focus, and fine tune it by manual focus, with the help from a focusing screen.

Anyone here using this kind of screen and can tell me if it is worth it? :)

Cheers!

Yes, it is far superior to the stock screen for manual focusing fast lenses.

Magnified live view is by far the most accurate method for focusing, but if you don't want to go that route for whatever reason, you will certainly benefit from the EG-S.




  
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Jun 24, 2011 16:23 |  #3
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bpark42 wrote in post #12651656 (external link)
Yes, it is far superior to the stock screen for manual focusing fast lenses.

Magnified live view is by far the most accurate method for focusing, but if you don't want to go that route for whatever reason, you will certainly benefit from the EG-S.

Sounds great.

Well, magnified live view is always an option, but only when I'm using a tripod. I dont like holding my heavy DSLR like a point & shoot camera. This is why I think that a focus screen will be better for me.


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Jun 24, 2011 17:40 as a reply to  @ Ricku's post |  #4

It's worth it

I highly recommend this screen for your 5dmk2


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Jun 24, 2011 17:50 as a reply to  @ rwong2k's post |  #5

Eg-S is absolutely required if you want to see where the focal plane is in the viewfinder to manually focus lenses faster than f/2.8:

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Jun 24, 2011 18:24 |  #6

does it affect the AF of the outer focus points?
i don't seem to notice any effect (though i must admit, i've given up using them)

i switched to this screen because i had initially intended to buy some MF lenses.

f/4 and slower lenses will drastically appear darker in the VF (when off guard sometimes i take a double look out of the VF if it's really night time, when it's in fact daytime)

OP seems to have only fast lenses though.


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Jun 24, 2011 18:25 |  #7

Ricku wrote in post #12651576 (external link)
I am thinking about buying an EG-S focusing screen for my 5D2, because I am trying to find a way to achieve better focus with the outer focus points.

My plan is to continue using auto focus, and fine tune it by manual focus, with the help from a focusing screen.

Anyone here using this kind of screen and can tell me if it is worth it? :)

Cheers!

Me too...to pair It with CZ 50mm MP f/2 ZE I'm going to get soon.
Problem is that I still want to use my AF lenses in AF mode! Is it possible with EgS? Do the AF points still appear in the Viewfinder?
Thanks in advance.


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Jun 24, 2011 18:27 |  #8

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Problem is that I still want to use my AF lenses in AF mode! Is it possible with EgS? Do the AF points still appear in the Viewfinder?
Thanks in advance.

yes and yes


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Jun 24, 2011 18:41 |  #9

Yes, get the focus screen. It helps tremendously with fast primes.


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Jun 24, 2011 19:46 |  #10

wolfxto wrote in post #12652774 (external link)
Me too...to pair It with CZ 50mm MP f/2 ZE I'm going to get soon.
Problem is that I still want to use my AF lenses in AF mode! Is it possible with EgS? Do the AF points still appear in the Viewfinder?
Thanks in advance.

Yes...the Eg-S screen has absolutely no effect on the camera's AF system.


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Jun 24, 2011 20:28 |  #11

I use the equivalent screens in my 40d and 50d. They really do help focusing with the fast lenses!


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Jun 25, 2011 02:04 |  #12

i use the ec-s and ee-s with my zeiss glass, its fantastic


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Jun 25, 2011 05:59 as a reply to  @ crazeazn's post |  #13
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Thanks for all the replies. Gonna have to order this thing soon.


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Jun 25, 2011 09:46 |  #14

I have the Eg S screen on my 5D2 and use it with my fast primes,1.2 and 1.4. Apart from the darker viewfinder above f4 I can't notice a single difference to the standard screen. A waste of money in my opinion




  
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Jun 25, 2011 10:22 |  #15

cyber wrote in post #12655213 (external link)
I have the Eg S screen on my 5D2 and use it with my fast primes,1.2 and 1.4. Apart from the darker viewfinder above f4 I can't notice a single difference to the standard screen. A waste of money in my opinion

It shows DOF more accurately than the standard screen.

A test you could do is to install standard screen, take 10 manually-focused shots of the same subject (racking out of focus each time).

Then, install the EG-S screen and do the same test, then see which screen gives you more accurate focus.


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