Focusing Screen for Nikon FM10

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  1. Apertureman

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    Hey guys,

    Can anyone please suggest a good focusing screen for the Nikon FM10 manual camera? Not that I don't like the one I have, it has split spheres in the center that allow for precise manual focus, but it's matte all around the center, and I don't like that. It doesn't make composing enjoyable.

    I would appreciate all the suggestions. Thanks!
     
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    I don't think the Cosina-made Nikon FM-10 actually allows interchanging the focus screen. As far as I know, the manual focus Nikon cameras with that feature include the F, F2, and F3 pro bodies, the FM2, FM2n, FM3a, FE, FE2 and FA, and with a technician's help, the original FM body.
     
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    Thank you. Not that I can't focus, on the contrary, the split spheres allow me to achieve a razor sharp focus, with practice, I can even shoot action.... but the matte bothers me a bit, but I can live with it.

    On the other note, to comment on your signature: The quote there that says "the camera sees more than the eye..." from the technical standpoint I have to argue with that :smile: The human eye dynamic range is far far superior to that of film: film doing 6 stops at best, while the eye can accommodate 14 stops.
    However, our eyes cannot vary focal length and we can't really control the "aperture" unless we change lighting, so in that case, yes, the camera lens can do more interesting stuff. :D
     
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    that's an edward weston quote...

    I wouldn't be fronting :smile:

    and yeah, the screens in the FM10 are non interchangeable, but you can always get an F3 body for like 150 dollars or something and have a real nice alternative body.
     
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    Here's another Weston quote for you: "I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect." I think that is what he meant by the quote in my signature. As part of my Master's degree I did a semester-long research project on dynamic range in human and animal vision, comparing them to film and digital capture (including HDR techniques). My signature has more to do with the aesthetics, and not the technicalities, of vision.

    Take a look at the Nikon F2 - there were many focusing screens for that camera and you might find one you like.
     
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    Wow! I bet you enjoyed your Master's degree courses.

    I will look into the F2 or F3. I was considering a purchase of an additional 35mm body, so now I know what to look for. Thanks for all the helpful comments.