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Canon Eg-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen For Canon EOS 5D-Mark II Cameras

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  • The EG-S Super Precision Focusing Screen is an accessory screen for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Camera
  • The Canon Eg-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen is an interchangeable focusing screen compatible with the Canon EOS 5D-Mark II camera. The Super Precision Matte screen improves the ease of focusing when doing manual focus
  • Not recommended for use with lenses slower than f/2.8. With these slower lenses, the viewfinder will actually look darker than with the standard Eg-A screen

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Interchangeable Point of Focus focusing screen for the Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR

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Product Dimensions 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces
ASIN B001KBZ3S2
Item model number Eg-S
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4.7 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #18,107 in Electronics > Camera & Photo
Date first available at Amazon.com November 5, 2008

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By Adam W. Medders on October 11, 2009
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makes the depth of field in the viewfinder more shallow to simulate a f/1.x aperture so it's easier to tell what's in focus.

takes some practice but definitely works. i've had it for 4 days now and i love it. been using it with a 35mm f/1.4L and an 85mm f/1.8. it's so nice not having to focus and recompose. don't get me wrong, it has its downsides, but if you wanna try out manual focus, i think it's a must.

fyi, do not buy this unless you have mainly f/2.8-f/1.2 lenses. with higher f/ number lenses(f/4-f/8) lenses the viewfinder actually gets darker than the stock screen.

hope this helps at all

-Adam
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This is one of those items that once you use it for taking pictures, having it will make so much sense. While the primary objective for most users is to use this focus screen to help in manual focusing third party canon mount lenses, I have been using it on my 5DII with Canon lenses. For me, I am mostly in auto-focus mode and while the Eg-S does not help in actual focus mechanism, the biggest advantage in my book is that it helps me visualize the DOF of my image before I take the picture. This is especially important and helpful if you like using large aperture lenses such as the canon 50 f/1.2 or 85 f/1.2. In addition, while in the manual focus mode, focusing with Eg-S get a bit easier since the in-focus areas tend to snap in focus with the remainder frame going out of focus.

Popping in the screen is super easy once you get a hang of the instructions (or watch video tutorials available on the internet).

I dont have lenses that are f/4 or slower so the darkening of viewfinder warning that Canon has on the package and item description is something that I dont have an opinion on.

Hope this helps.
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This is one of those times when I could leave a four-word review: "Go Get It Now!" Seriously, if you have very fast lenses (f2.8 and faster) ESPECIALLY the 50m and 85mm f1.2 Canons, there's no option. The general focusing screen in your camera won't work well at all. Please see my review on the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras. I would shoot portraits at twilight at f1.2 with no flash and get these surreal images (which is what makes the 85mm so special), but focusing drove me batty, hunting all over the place. Because of that the 85mm has gotten a bad reuptation. This focusing screen fixes everything, my lenses focus like a rocket now. It took all of 2 minutes to install in my 5D Mark II, in fact, reading the instruction paper and getting up the nerve took longer, lol.

ONE THING TO MENTION: your viewfinder goes just a touch darker with an f2.8 lens, but it isn't noticable with f1.4 and f1.2 lenses. But if you shoot with anything slower including f/4 lenses, the viewfinder will probably appear darker. My slowest is f2.8 so I can't confirm that, but enough reviews have mentioned it. Some younger reviewers say they don't notice with f4 lenses but us slightly older folks might. I'm sure if you put a less expensive zoom like the favored 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, it'll be pretty dark in the viewfinder at 300mm and f5.6. Just something to consider. Great justification to move up to all fast lenses, lol!
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Focusing accuracy is much improved over the stock Eg-A II screen on my 6D. The camera is primarily used with primes ranging from f/1.4 to f/2 and I can now manually focus accurately when shooting wide open. I just wish this came stock with the camera in the first place as the installation process was rather intimidating being the klutz that I am.

Please see my uploaded photos comparing the Eg-A II and Eg-S screens as seen through the viewfinder of a 6D with a 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. The lens is wide open in both photos and is focused on the very tip of the key at its closest focusing distance.
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One of my favorite lenses for my 5d Mark II is my 50mm f/1.4 Pentax Super Multi-Coated Takumar, an old manual focus lens made in the early '70s that I've adapted for use with my modern digital camera. It's wickedly sharp wide open, and has a nice, smooth bokeh. The only problem was that the depth of field was so narrow at f/1.4, you had to absolutely nail the focus. This wasn't easy using the standard focusing screen. You just couldn't tell when the subject was perfectly in focus. So I ended up taking multiple pictures, tweaking the focus as I shot. It wasn't efficient, but it worked. Still, I didn't use the 50mm much due to the problem I had getting the focus right.

When I put my new Eg-S Super Precision screen in (after much apprehension about tinkering around inside my camera) and mounted my 50mm, I realized right away there was a major difference. I could clearly see when I had the focus just right. I took 5 pictures of my dog, just to test it. Each came out sharp. Even in poor light, I could still see clearly when I had the shot in focus. This was absolutely what I needed to be able to use my old Super Tak.

There is a slight downside. When I mount my 70-200mm f/4 lens, I can see the viewfinder is slightly darker than before. It's still brighter than my old Rebel XTi's viewfinder, but I can see a difference. It's really not much of an issue, especially in good light. I'd estimate it's no more than a one-stop light loss. So if you have an f/4 lens and want to see what the viewfinder would look like with the Eg-S screen, set your aperture at f/5.6 and hit the depth-of-field preview button on your camera. That should give you a good idea of how much darker it will be.

The Eg-S screen does what it's supposed to do. Installation is relatively easy, once you get up the nerve to do it. No regrets on this purchase.
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