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Old Aug 30, 2010, 4:12 AM   #11
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Will do GW, just ordered it now, should be here by the weekend or more likely early next week.
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Old Aug 30, 2010, 4:55 PM   #12
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I got one from focusingscreen.com for my K2000 (KM) about a year ago and couldn't be happier. I had to play with shims (included) to get the manual focus correct but all worked will. I got the FSB split image with micro collar

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Old Aug 31, 2010, 5:06 AM   #13
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Yeah not looking forward to having to possibly play with shims, I have a nasty track record for getting something perfect the first time, then next time I try it I snap/scratch/bend something... I am hoping it fits and works perfectly first time...
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Old Sep 13, 2010, 8:13 AM   #14
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Well still waiting for the blooming thing, the tracking number they gave me said it has been in Coventry since the 5th, just hoping it hasn't been nabbed by customs and they send me a large bill.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 5:56 AM   #15
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It has arrived!

Well by arrived, I mean Parcel Farce sent me a bill for 25 (9 import duty and the rest "admin fee's") so picked it up this morning and fit it at work.

Works really well, manual focus seems fine without any shims, autofocus seems weird though, sometimes the (viewfinder) image is sharp, other times it seems off, probably the camera picking a focus area slightly off centre (even though it's set to centre focus)

Will go for a walk at lunchtime and see if I can find anything to take photo's of, assuming it doesn't start raining before then.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 6:28 AM   #16
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Once you get used to it I think you'll really enjoy it Ash.

Great for macro of course, but I found that I use the split prism in many situations I hadn't anticipated it coming in handy. Now I'm used to it I end up doubting the AF and just checking the prism to make sure it's accurate
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Just come back from my walk, didn't find anything exciting to take photo's of (just flies and leaf hoppers) but yeah, this is going to take some getting used to.

Definitely seem to be getting more "keepers" but it seems to depend on the angle of what I am shooting, obviously shooting a bug head-on is going to produce a much smaller area of focus than shooting it side-on, so that will be a bit of a learning curve. Luckily the non-prism area is pretty opaque so you still have that visible to assist you as well.

Will upload the test photo's when I get home from work.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 10:04 AM   #18
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Since the prism area magnifies I just look for straight lines - you can clearly see when a wing, eye, nose, jawline etc. is broken and not forming a line.
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I found another issue where the lighting can be a problem as it casts shadows on the prisms, making the focus area quite dark, and it's hard to tell what's in focus.
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Thanks for the up-date, Ash.
Keep trying and hopefully you'll get use to it. I'm curious to see if this works out for you as I'm considering getting one myself if it proves to be worthwhile.
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