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    Beattie Intenscreen

    I have been contemplating putting one on my RTS II. I'm wondering if anyone has experience before and after installing one. The RTS has a fairly bright screen to begin with, and pretty good snap. That said, I still sometimes have trouble finding the focal point when using wide-angle lenses with already-large depths of field (namely my Distagon 28mm 2.8).

    I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has installed an Intenscreen on any camera (preferably 35mm but not necessarily a Contax).

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    If the viewfinder of the RTS II is the same as the RTS which only has a magnification of 0.87X then perhaps you need a different camera with a larger viewfinder instead of just a screen?

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    I don't understand how that would affect anything, Les. Are you saying that magnification nearer to 1 would make focusing easier than having a brighter image inside the viewfinder at .87?

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    trust yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    I don't understand how that would affect anything, Les. Are you saying that magnification nearer to 1 would make focusing easier than having a brighter image inside the viewfinder at .87?
    To be sure, you have to try it yourself but the larger the magnification the better the ability to manual focus. An obvious example is by using a magnifier as shown below.


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    Thanks!

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    Thank you, CJ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    To be sure, you have to try it yourself but the larger the magnification the better the ability to manual focus. An obvious example is by using a magnifier as shown below.

    Well ... the magnifier for my RTS is a bit cheaper than a new focus screen but it's more conspicuous than I'd like. I've looked into it before, used to use a magnifier on my Pentax 6x7 ... but i quickly learned that its only practical value is in controlled situations such as studio portraits, long-exposure tri-pod work and the like. I shoot predominantly street and documentary work. I also have no intention of abandoning my RTS system.

    Still would like to hear from folks who have installed Beatties in their 35mm ... come on ... i know you're out there!

    If/when I end up installing one, I will post my impressions here (for future folks like moi)

    Analog power!
    Last edited by pstake; 03-10-2012 at 11:47 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    Well ... the magnifier for my RTS is a bit cheaper than a new focus screen but it's more conspicuous than I'd like. I've looked into it before, used to use a magnifier on my Pentax 6x7 ... but i quickly learned that its only practical value is in controlled situations such as studio portraits, long-exposure tri-pod work and the like. I shoot predominantly street and documentary work. I also have no intention of abandoning my RTS system.

    Still would like to hear from folks who have installed Beatties in their 35mm ... come on ... i know you're out there!

    If/when I end up installing one, I will post my impressions here (for future folks like moi)

    Analog power!
    I don't have a 35mm SLR with a Beattie screen, but I have one for my Mamiya C330F TLR. and it's two stops brighter than the standard one, the only disadvantage is for what it cost me when I bought it new I could buy another Mamiya TLR.
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    Yes ... they are pricey, Ben ... did the increased brightness make it easier to focus? Does your TLR use a waist-level finder? (forgive me if that's a stupid question; i've never used one)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    Yes ... they are pricey, Ben ... did the increased brightness make it easier to focus? Does your TLR use a waist-level finder? (forgive me if that's a stupid question; i've never used one)
    I have the waist-level finder, and the prism finder and it works equally well with either, but since I have used the camera successfully for about twenty five years with the three Mamiya screens I already own, and have become used to focusing with them, in retrospect although the Beattie is two stops brighter and easier to focus with in low light and it's great to use I could have put the £200 ($380 US D) to a better use.
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