Focusing screens for Canon cameras (vs. Contax)

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by peter_langfelder, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. I currently shoot with a Rebel 2000. Even with a fast lens (50/1.8,
    100/2) it's fairly hard to see what's in focus; DOF preview seems to
    be useful mostly as a bokeh preview, since I'm not able to tell what's
    really in focus and what's a bit (but significantly) out of focus.

    Yesterday I had a chance to play with an old EOS 1 and a 630, both
    with a 50/1.8, plus a new EOS 3 and Elan 7 both fitted with a 50/1.4,
    and then compare it to a Contax Aria with a 50/1.4. All cameras had
    their standard focusing screens. The basic observation is that among
    Canons, manual focusing is easiest with EOS 1, followed by 630 and 3,
    and lastly by the Elan 7; however, everything pales compared to the
    Aria+50/1.4 with an extremely clear distinction beween what's in and
    out of focus.

    Here are my questions: 1. Are the split image focusing screens for EOS
    1/3 and the one for 630 easier to focus manually (apart from the split
    focusing aid) than the standard ones, or are they the same? 2. For
    some reason I felt that manually focusing a 50/1.8 on EOS 1 is easier
    than a 50/1.4 on EOS 3, though they are supposed to have the same
    screens - could it be that the ECF machinery requires the EOS 3's
    prism to be darker/less contrasty and thus harder to focus? 3. Is
    there anything in the Canon EOS world that approaches the ease of
    manual focusing of the (entry level!) Contax Aria?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Ah! Manual focussing! What a technilogical breakthrough. Next they'll come up with manual exposure setting and then bring back the wind lever and rewind knob. Put the greedy damned battery manufacturers right out of business. There's something to be said for using the computer between your ears. Follow the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
  3. I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know that the standard focusing screen for the EOS 3 is not the same as the EOS 1. The standard EOS 3 screen is a 'bright' screen, while the replacement screens are less bright, enough so that one has to change a custom function when the screen is changed, so as to not throw off the metering. The replacement screen (including the ones with manual focusing aids) should provide more contrast. I have replaced my EOS 3 standard screen with the grid screen, which is more contrasty.

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