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tjsnaps Dec 31, 2007 6:46 PM

Hi guys got a question

I own a Nikon D-50 with one autofocus lens. and several older manual focus lenses from my film camera. These lenses work fine on the D-50 the lack of metering is not that big of deal. Howerever I do find it a little dificult to manualy focus with the camera. I can used the focus comformation but I find it takes a long time to focus this way. Recently I have noticed that there are a number of people on ebay selling genaric focusing screens for the D-50 and other cameras that include a slipt image rangefinder and micro prisism collot just like the standard screen used in most manual focus cameras. It look farely simple to install and the price is not bad. But being ganeric I'm worried it might not work so welll.

I was wondering if any one has tried one of these. And if so how good is it?

Hawgwild Dec 31, 2007 8:56 PM


Just for a start. Google is great--good luck

Happy new year, Robert

tjsnaps Jan 23, 2008 5:11 PM

Fist off thank you Hawgwild for the link but those are way over my budgit.

I wound up buying one off of ebay for $18. I got it in the mail today

I was slightly terrified of doing this but it turned out to be quite easy. Only problem was I notice a few small hairs of some type in my view finder. They weren't there at first but they are definitely inside the prism housing. It's not really distracting enough to be a problem but I will take it apart and clean it. But not until I'm sure I won't compound the problem.

First thing I noticed which I had anticipated was about a 1/3 stop difference in my meter readings. Across the board all meter modes.

More interesting is that I noticed when I use auto focus; the image is just slightly out of focus according to the optical range finder. But I don't think this is the fault of the new screen. I had been thinking that my images were just a tad soft. More experimentation is required here. Maybe another D50 owner has some incite for me. My only auto-focus lens is a sigma 28-200mmD Aspherical f/3.8 So far the images I've taken in manual focus with the new screen seem sharp.

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