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Canon Camera Focusing Screen Eg-s - Type S (super Precision Matte) For The Eos 5d Mk Ii

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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 59 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 59 g
  • Item model number: 3357B001AA
  • ASIN: B001G8XZV6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Oct. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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For EOS 5D MARK II


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Although I did not buy this screen from AMAZON, I'd like to say what a difference the Canon EG-S makes to my photography. It is like viewing thru' a film camera again. I can now save battery drain by turning off auto-focusing. Off center focusing is much easier and depth of field is highly pronounced with the EG-S. As I do not have 20/20 vision, using the EG-S seems to have helped improved focus on my target. Unfortunate it means shelling out more money to improve the 5DMKII but it is one that I am glad I did. I have read comments that the focusing view is darker then the standard focusing screen but I have to say I am not as sensitive to that effect. Personally, the EG-S suits me, or should I say, my 5DMKII perfectly.
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The default focusing screen used by Canon gives you a brighter viewfinder.
This comes at a great cost however: You do not really see what your photo will look like.

The image in the viewfinder has MUCH MUCH greater depth of field than the photo you will actually make.
This makes bokeh preview impossible.
It also makes manual focusing a nightmare.
Especially with fast lenses.

With the Eg-s, I can now focus my Zeiss lenses easily.

It is also very easy to change back to the default screen when you need it.
Just do it in a clean place.
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Wide aperture lenses (e.g; f1.4, f1.2) are difficult to manually focus in a DSLR which has only a plain viewfinder screen without a high-accuracy "split-prism" centre. A DSLR's normal focusing screen is generally used to frame a picture, but the camera handles the focusing automatically, so critical focusing by looking at that viewfinder screen isn't usually done.

When you DO want to focus manually, it can be difficult - though you wouldn't expect that! - with a DSLR's normal, bright focusing screen.

The Canon 'EG-S'-type "super precision matte" screen - which is easy to swap in and out instead of the standard bright screen - allows more precise manual focusing with, for example, an f1.2 aperture. HOWEVER, this precision focusing screen (it just clips into the camera's lens throat instead of the standard screen) is noticeably duller, or darker, than the normal screen.

So use it for wide-aperture manual lenses, but then it's best to take it out again and swap back in the normal screen if using AUTO-focus lenses.

Easy to clip in and out, makes manual focusing easier, but makes framing with AUTO-focus lenses dimmer or darker.
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I ordered this for my Canon 6D to help me see depth of field better with my 50mm f1.2 and 24-70mm f2.8. The focusing screen makes a big difference and it is much easier to see exactly what is in focus and to check critical focus with this screen over the standard Eg-A II screen that is included with the 6D.

Pros:
1. Quite easy to install (but see cons and installation tips)
2. Makes it easy to see depth of field and check focus

Cons:
1. A little pricey in my opinion for a small piece of plastic... (In my opinion)
2. Installation can be fiddly and care needs to be taken not to drop or scratch the screen.
3. Makes the viewfinder noticeably darker for lenses with an aperture smaller than f/2.8.

Installation tips:
1. Do it in a dust free environment - otherwise dust may appear in the viewfinder (but is actually on the screen) and it will drive you mad! If dust gets on the screen only blow the dust off
2. Screen marks/scratches very easily - I was gentle in fitting my first screen but my hand slipped whilst closing the latch and I scratched/marked the underside of the screen.
3. Make sure you fit the screen in the tray correctly and that it sits properly - otherwise what you see in the viewfinder will be off focus, even when auto focus and the final image are both correct - I learned this the hard way but had Canon correct this for me.
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I'd been looking at 3rd party split prism screens for a while but they are quite expensive. Considering the fairly low cost of this Canon focus screen I decided to give it a go. Currently I use 2 f1.8 prime lenses, one mine, one borrowed and am looking at a manual standard prime lens when I return the borrowed 50mm lens. I have been increasingly frustrated with autofocus (focus shift, needing calibration, sometimes erratic focus) that I want to get back to manual focusing. The original Eg-a screen imo is impossible to use for manual focus. I was a little dubious about the Eg-s as it doesn't have a split prism but it has been really great so far and I'm getting a significant number of in focus shots - even from AF lenses with short focus throws!

The main drawback, that has been well documented is that the Eg-s may not work so well for lenses lower than f2.8. I tested this with an f4 lens and although the screen is a bit darker (by about a stop) I found I can still achieve sharp manual focus indoors with reasonable light (wouldn't normally use an f4 lens indoors other than for this test). Other people's experience may differ to mine though. Kinda reminded me of my old manual Pentax film camera with it's darker viewfinder (although it had a split prism).

I'd recommend anyone wanting manual focus with their Canon's (those with changeable focus screens) give this a try.
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