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    Rachael Katz

    I have given some thought to sending a Alpha-700 to Rachael Katz for a split focus screen. Just wondering if anyone had any information on them?

    http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/page--C...ns--store.html
    A.J.

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    I think Don had this done. I miss it for MF. When mt Quantary lens broke I tried to use MF and it was very hard to focus.
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    Ordered a Katz Eye and installed it in my D40 a couple years ago... not a huge fan. Somewhat helpful, but I find the AF confirmation light more helpful and I find the Katz Eye messes up the metering occasionally.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
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    The only reason I ask is the STF Lens. With my Maxxum 9, 9Ti and Alpha 900 the viewfinder is large and bright enough to distinguish out of focus but on the 7 in low light its very hard to see accurate focus at distance. I just thought it would be a good backup.
    A.J.

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    Hey e dawg,

    From the emails I have had with Rachael this is not anything like the replacing a focus screen on the Minolta 9’s. The SI Screen in the Sony Camera has to be altered so the Split Screen can be inserted and work at its brightest potential. I have no idea if I am just being sold some sales pitch but I do know for a fact that the Minolta Auto Focus is a bit unique. Only two manufactures use this. Minolta now (Sony) and Hasselblad have the same foundation in AutoFoucs technology. Only because Minolta sold the technology to Hasselblad.
    A.J.

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    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not for you!

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    Cool Back to April, this year

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Gressette View Post
    I have given some thought to sending a Alpha-700 to Rachael Katz for a split focus screen. Just wondering if anyone had any information on them?

    http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/page--C...ns--store.html
    Here is your link, AJ ... have a read
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Not good under dark conditions...but handy for some situations

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    Thanks Don,

    I am going to give it a try.
    A.J.

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    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not for you!

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    Katz no longer offers service for any of the Sony Cameras.
    A.J.

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    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not for you!

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    Oh geez ... that's not good. Guess they did not get enough response to make it worth their time.

    Makes my jewel worth a bit more, I suspect.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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