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5D Mark II Focus Screens

 
Detrimental
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Feb 02, 2009 21:09 |  #1

So I was reading a post about getting dust out of your viewfinder (mine got some small hairs) and the op mentioned his mistake of scratching the filter and I laughed because I knew how careful you have to be when handling the focus screens....or so I thought. Right as I was handling my focus screen after blowing out the camera I slipped and my nail scratched it. :cool:

So then I get the bright idea that maybe I didn't scratch it but just got some nail residue on it and proceeded to wipe it off with a lens cloth and it smears the whole thing.....:lol:

So now I have my 5D II and an unusable focus screen with no spares and I remember...I still have my old 5D focus screens. I get them out and alas they don't fit. I take a closer look as to why and it appears the only difference between the 5D and 5D II screens is two small tabs on the left and right side. So I cut the tabs off carefully with scissors and I now have a 5D focus screen in my 5D II to use until I get another one. It looks like they designed them purposely to be incompatible even though they are almost identical.

Just thought I would share my experience. Watch those finger nails.


5D Mark II w/grip
85L f/1.2 II

  
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dfek
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Feb 08, 2009 22:09 |  #2

Have you noticed any difference in the lightness or darkness of the view finder with the 5D screen. I know that Canon has said that even the Eg-S screen for the 5D2 can appear darker when using lenses slower than f2.8.




  
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BK_Grand_Marquis
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Feb 08, 2009 22:32 |  #3

dfek wrote in post #7284643 (external link)
Have you noticed any difference in the lightness or darkness of the view finder with the 5D screen. I know that Canon has said that even the Eg-S screen for the 5D2 can appear darker when using lenses slower than f2.8.

I just got the S screen and I have a 16-35 2.8L II and I thought the viewfinder looked darker than my friend's 50D. I was wondering what it was. Now I know.


5D Mark III:D
5D Mark II - 5D Mark I
Speedlite 580 IIx2
16-35mm II 2.8L USM - 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM Mk II - 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM - 50mm 1.2L

  
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