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I'll post a dissenting opinion.

I've purchased just about every screen available for the 5D2. I have tried precision matte screens, split focus, the original, microprism and a few others. The prices varied from $15 to $200.

The short version is that none allowed my to achieve critical focus with my Zeiss ZE lenses.

I then tried a Zacuto Z-finder Pro loupe and mounted it to the lcd on a clip-on frame (pn Z-FRM or Z-FRM32 depending on your camera.) I can nail critical focus almost every time. Yes, it's a little unwieldy but the camera is pressed against your eye and it's stable. The second issue is that this goes through batteries, so you need a few in your pocket. It does however work.

If you replace a focus screen, and you need very accurate AF you must use shims to adjust the position of the focus screen.  Canon sells the shims you will need for your camera.  There is a procedure in the service manual, or you can use trial and error.  Some of the focus screen manufacturers include a shim, but it is no guarantee of accurate manual focusing with your camera, each camera can have a different variation.
Focus screen manufacturers usually purchase 1 series or even focus screens from MF cameras, and mill them to the dimensions to fit.   This results in inaccurate exposures, so you need to add exposure compensation in many cases.

I have bought lenses and bodies, and all were fine.  I bought a SX 50 in early January for $200, it was not working right.  I had a hassle from them about replacing it.  Finally, I got thru to someone who issued a RMA, and ordered a replacement with free overnight shipping, and the price had dropped to $180, so I'm happy with it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 28, 2015, 01:13:25 PM »
I also had trouble with photostitch, even with distant objects and many shots.  It was just a trial, I tried 2-3 times and lost interest.
If I still have the original photos, I'll try photoshop and compare.

Reviews / Re: Herringbone camera strap.
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:16:12 PM »
The yellow stitches are cool but I like red ones better!

I found it on Amazon, I will think about it a bit, my had is usually way too large for hand straps, They come with and without the plate.  I'm not sure how that is supposed to work.

Reviews / Re: Herringbone camera strap.
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:05:26 PM »
There are a ton of knockoff Canon Hand Straps, the original E1 strap was very popular, but is now replaced by the E2, which is not well liked.
There are still E1 straps available, odds are that they are not authentic.  They all come from China ;) 

Technical Support / Re: Dust on sensor.
« on: January 27, 2015, 03:32:50 PM »
Not to ask the stupid question, but have you tried another lens?  Sometimes it's in the lens.  Don't ask how long it took me to figure this out...

Yes, a hair on the rear of the lens will show up and look awful. 

Michael Reichmann of "The Luminous Landscape" also has a extensive review of the 645Z which made me want to go out and get one, but then, I came to my senses since it does not match my usage very well.  I'd still like to have one.

Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:46:11 PM »
I'm left handed and use my right eye.  I could use my left eye as well, but I don't like my nose in the middle of the controls on the right side.

Site Information / Re: Underneath my name
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:41:05 PM »
Underneath my name it shows "SX60 HS" What is it and can I change it?

Go out and buy a Canon 1DX and send the camera to the owner of this site.  They will be glad to update your label.  :)

Or Send in a 50mm f/0.7 IS like I did ;)
An alternative might be reading the site information area.  Its a bit obscure, and should be at the top.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:18:15 PM »
Interesting, but I'm in doubt about my need for a high MP camera.  A camera needs to have a attractive set of features before I upgrade.

Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:29:45 PM »
It probably won't happen since they would have to redesign the manufacturing process to so it, and there likely isn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.

Its not as simple as manufacturing, since almost every one of the 100 more or less sub assemblies would be affected, service stations and spare parts would need to be stocked, the cost would be huge.  I also think a adapter would be the answer.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One single reason to never buy Nikon DSLR
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:08:01 PM »
I have never had a issue with that 10 pin connector.  However, a cheap third party connector from China could be way out of tolerance.  I still have one in my studio, but no longer have the camera.
I've also had some junk 3rd party accessories for my Canon cameras, many of the 3 pin cables are crap.

Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:00:21 PM »
Before I retired, I was asked if I knew where I could find a left handed phone for Bill Gates, or even someone who would build one for him.  One of his employees has contacted my company thinking that we might know, and I had dealings with many electronics companies around the world. Yes, THE Bill Gates.  I'm left handed but since I only have hearing in my left ear, I use a Right Handed one and had never considered a left handed one.  This was in the early 1990's before cell phones became popular.  Cell phones were Analog then and were not secure.
I have no issue with a right handed camera, and I shoot my hunting rifle right handed, but my pistol I use left handed.  I can hit a baseball left or right handed, but prefer to bat left handed, and cannot throw a ball with my right hand. 
Its easy for me to understand that there are different degrees of left handedness, so some might have a real issue, and its nothing to laugh at even if its not a problem for me.

Lenses / Re: Auto Focus MicroAdjust--Why the Stigma?
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:59:41 PM »
I'm not sure I follow this thread.  I think perhaps the word "stigma" is being used incorrectly in the title.  When I think of AFMA I think of there being a lot of confusion out there about what it is and how it works, even though it's pretty straightforward IMO.

I've also never seen a thread where somebody claimed to send the lens back to Canon for AFMA.  I'm not saying it hasn't happened, $20 says it has - I've just personally never seen somebody claim to do so on a forum.

Many send their lenses and bodies to Canon to have them adjusted.  Canon does not do a AFMA, they adjust the lens and the body if required.  Its expensive.
Some do take their lens and body to a Camera Repair service which does not have the ability to make the internal adjustments, but will do a AFMA for $60 more or less.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:49:19 PM »
occasionally it works for me to view as long as  its subtle and functional.  Its really difficult to do, I've only seen a very few images that impressed me, and I am a total failure at producing anything I like.  A lot of it is personal opinion and preference.
Sometimes, like last week, there was not enough light, so I had a shutter speed that was not fast enough.   However, I was not trying to show a blur



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