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Old Apr 7, 2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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After buying K7 to replace my istDL I started missing a split prism focusing screen I had in DL for last few years.
So I searched online and I found them to be way cheaper than KatzEye. Now the question is for anyone from UK who bougt from them, how much did you pay in total? I'm talking import taxes and other chrges. I just don't want to get surprised by it so if someone would be kind to tell me I'd appreciate it.

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Old Apr 7, 2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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I bought one and they are excellent. I don't know what you'd pay but it shouldn't be too difficult to find out the tariff number and the % duty payable and then add on your 20% VAT. However since they come in such a small package it's likely C&E won't pick it up at all. So budget for the worst and pray for the best !
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I bought an ee-s screen, without split prism, from Focusingscreen for my K5 and recommend both the screen (s-type screen in Focusingsscreen's listing) and the provider fullheartedly. I bought a small piece of plastic, and was treated like hold your breath an important customer! The manager, Deki Kuo, corresponded through e-mail repeatedly even though there wasn't any kind of problem to resolve. Try that at any major consumer electronics chain!

The price today is USD84.66, shipping included. I paid a total of SEK800 with import fees and VAT. That corresponds to about GBP75 with today's Visa exchange rate.

The ee-s screen makes it so much easier to focus manually, since it shows DOF much more precise with fast lenses. To me it was a better option than a split prism screen, which might mess up metering. The ee-s doesn't. All the tools needed for the change were also included in the package.

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I got bent over a barrel by customs when mine arrived, think I paid about 26 in import fees and "administration fees" on top of the price of the screen.
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 8:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for asnwers folks.

I found another route to split/prism screen. I'm just gonna buy genuine Canon ec-a or ee-s focusing screen for 20 quid from amazon and cut the thing myself. How hard can that be?

Watch this space for update.

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My experience with focusing screens on DSLRs has been that they are made of extremely soft plastic, and are extremely easy to scratch. And don't use anything other than mild soap and water to clean them. Solvents of any kind, including isopropyl alcohol will mar the plastic. Very touchy. Older, film SLRs used etched glass and were not a problem. Of course, cutting down a glass screen has its own problems.
I'm a pretty dedicated DIY'er, and won't bother fooling around with them again.

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 7:39 AM   #7
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Hello again

After deciding to go the DIY route I wnt to Google and found this
http://pentaxenthusiast.blogspot.co....or-pentax.html

Then I bought Canon Ec-A focusing screen from Amazon for 20 pounds. And today ater about 1 hour I ended up having nice prism screen in my K-7.

Canon case for focus screen


K-7 focus screen taken out


And my new viewfinder view


From preliminary tests it looks like focus is spot on with manual lenses, spot metering also seems OK.

Now I'm going to my garden to try some more.

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