Focusing Screen, Olympus FS-2 for E500.

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Peter Jason, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    I want to buy one of these for my Olympus
    E500 to make manual focusing easier.

    Does anyone have any experience with this
    item?

    Regards, Peter
     
    Peter Jason, Mar 26, 2007
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  2. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    The original screen is removable and there is
    no grid built into the system as standard.

    I did buy the "Varifinder" clip-on accessory
    which is a 90deg viewfinder magnifier, and
    this does make the focusing easier, though
    the field area within this device varies in
    focus for some strange reason.

    The focus ring on this camera is attached to
    the actual focus by some sort of servo
    mechanism, and so is slightly indirect.
    When I do test focusing there is a very faint
    'click' from within the camera body and each
    individual click is the smallest adjustment
    possible.

    I am not sure whether the sharpest image in
    the viewfinder gives the sharpest image in
    the camera and so I seek someway to calibrate
    any offset between the viewed and actual
    focus result, and this may involve tweaking
    the software - if this is at all possible.

    I'm a bit obsessed about focus and I use the
    focus bracketing quite a lot. Still, it
    would be nice to have some confidence that
    the focus in the viewfinder is the same as
    that in the end result.

    E.g. when I focus bracket, the optimum
    picture is never consistent; that is it may
    be the 2nd or 4th in one instance, and the
    6th in another.

    Peter
     
    Peter Jason, Mar 28, 2007
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  3. Peter Jason

    JG Guest

    Pete,
    Difficult to comment on the focus situation and to whether the grid
    screen is going to help you. Certainly for composition it does but the
    description of the MF operation you give leads me to think that an FS-2
    might actually be detrimental in use. take a look here
    http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/e1-find-acc.html

    There is mention of "snap to focus issue " with 35 mm and the user
    experiencing the same effect with FS2 on digital. Having said that it
    may actually help you pinpoint exact spots in the frame and adjust the
    camera accordingly.

    Good luck

    John
     
    JG, Mar 29, 2007
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