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CanonSuper Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen
 
4.5

(based on 128 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (87)
  • Reliable (40)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Durable (12)
  • Easy to install (7)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (71)
  • Macro photography (57)
  • Everyday (49)
  • Landscape photography (34)
  • Studio (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (41), Enthusiast (40), Professional (38)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So good you won't notice it's there

When you really get into photography, it's the little things that really count. This is one of those little things. When you upgrade to a faster lens, and especially a manual focus...Read complete review

When you really get into photography, it's the little things that really count. This is one of those little things. When you upgrade to a faster lens, and especially a manual focus (MF) lens, you will need this focusing screen to take advantage of the faster lenses' increased precision and focusing peculiarites.

Some background: the stock screen is meant to provide an image which is more or less in focus, which aids composition when using autofocus (AF). In contrast, the Eg-S does not refine the focus, therefore allowing the viewer to determine where the focal point is sans AF. Also this screen eliminates the sparkle/dazzle I've seen using the stock focusing screen in the 5dmkii when trying to focus manually. The Eg-S lets in slightly more light, which enables MF in challenging conditions, but if you don't use MF, you won't see much difference with this screen.

It does darken the viewfinder (quite a bit in some situations) for lenses slower than f4, so if you MF with those lenses you're better off getting to know the stock focusing screen.

It's not a split-screen or mesh focus system like on older SLR cameras. There are no focusing aids other than the improved viewfinder image, so if your eyes aren't focusing the shot will still be off. That said, if you really look through the viewfinder when taking a photo and take a second or two to compose, this focusing screen will help a lot.

Nobody gave me any money to write this rave review. Some things are what they are, and this is one of them. No kidding.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had high hopes...

it does what it says it shows true depth of field however it cant replace a split prism and micro-prism collar.

images don't "snap" into focus as older...Read complete review

it does what it says it shows true depth of field however it cant replace a split prism and micro-prism collar.

images don't "snap" into focus as older mf screens do, but it is a improvement over the terrible stock screen for sure.

nothing beats Katz eye screens. i only wish they where available to the 5D II and 6D models.

I use this with a 1.6 viewfinder magnifier.

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5.0

Purchased for Canon 6D

By Dmrrsn1

from Florida

Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

Works as advertised. Can better see depth of field when using faster lenses through camera.

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4.0

Equivalent - to me

By cameraperson

from baltimore md

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Tool Included

Cons

  • Similar To Original

Best Uses

  • Picture Making

Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

Someone I work with somehow knocked out our original focus screen, not sure how, I've never known anyone to ever do that... but it landed in mud and they wiped it to death. Great job. So, we needed a new one. I decided to get this one since it's better with primes and low f numbers, and my only criticism is that its a little darker maybe, and not as good as a split prism, which is what I really wanted but somehow is not available for 5d's? Seriously! Anyway, I was hoping for some magically better viewscreen, but this will do as good as the old one. I doubt I could tell much difference. Maybe 5-10% difference.

It's nice to have, but I could have just as easily gotten the original again, and been possibly happier.

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5.0

Nice little thing

By Tim F

from Los Angeles

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

    I feel that the focus screen improved autofocus by a little and you can see the focused subject in the view finder better.

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    4.0

    It works

    By wv max

    from Morgantown, WV

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Helps focusing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

      The installation into a EOS 6D body was really easy. The focusing of my manual Planar T 1.4/50 improved and, after some practicing, I am no longer using confirmation light. Expect a significant dimming of the viewfinder while using lenses slower than f4.0 in low light conditions. I decided to keep this in the camera for now, but wish it had a microprism.

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      4.0

      Nice screen

      By More ISO!

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 30 seconds to install

      Cons

      • Not A Split Prism

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

        I had a lot of trouble manually focusing with the stock screen - with the Eg-S my hit rate has improved significantly. It's still not perfect, but it's a lot faster than composing with live view. As expected, my f4 lenses are all significantly dimmer (particularly apparent indoors), but not enough for me to want to change back.

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        5.0

        Love this

        By Robert

        from Western Washington

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

          Works great to make manual focusing easier (especially helpful with my Samyang 14mm, where I had a hard time seeing the focal plane with the stock screen).

          I've noticed that I can still focus my 24-105mm f/4 lens manually, despite claims that it's for 2.8 and faster lenses - the screen is a little darker, but not bad for me.

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          5.0

          Canon EG_S Focusing Screen

          By KT

          from San Jose

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

          I use this on my 5D Mark II to improve manual focus through viewfinder.

          This screen helps to enhance the difference between in-focus and out-of-focus areas, which makes manual focus (through viewfinder) possible.

          I tried it indoor at night. Manual focus is possible with regular indoor LED light at even at f1.2 on static object.

          My lenses are all f2.8 and faster so I don't have to worry about dark focusing screen on slow lens (slower than f4.0).

          One thing is not so great is manual focus in bight daylight. Still need some practice to get used to this screen in order to get tack sharp shot.

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          3.0

          Pretty good quality

          By Randy

          from Vancouver, BC

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

          Great quality, however when you use this to 5D Mii and look at your view finder, it is darker than the Focusing Screen that came with the original Mark iii.

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          5.0

          One of the best add-ons for a 6D

          By Butter

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Depth Of Field
            • Everyday use
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

            This is one of the best additions for a 6D (or 5Dii), especially for the price. Some reviews aren't so enthusiastic, but they tend to mention that it's not a replacement for a split prism. I'll take their word for it, so moving on.

            This screen makes it *much* easier to manually focus on a f/2.8 lens or faster. It also makes it easy to see if AF is focusing on the right thing without checking the shot after you take it.

            Note that it does make the viewfinder noticeably darker at f/4 and up. If you shoot those lenses in bright environments or outdoors, it's not an issue. However, if you shoot with f/4 or slower lenses with indoor lighting, it could be distracting.

            Remember to set the focusing screen in your custom functions for auto exposure to work properly.

            This focusing screen is one of the reasons I'll be keeping my 6D for a long time.

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            3.0

            Difficult to change; works well

            By Justin Scholar

            from Shanghai, China

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Works well

            Cons

            • Difficult To Change

            Best Uses

            • Cameras Lower Than F18

            Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

            It does work, although it's a difficult change to see. Not to mention it is very difficult to change without proper tools, do be careful.

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            5.0

            Just buy it!

            By sobo snapper

            from Maine, U.S.A

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Works great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

              Almost like focusing your old 35mm again. You can see what's really going on. What you want in focus gets in focus. Way better than auto focus for still life landscapes and relaxed portrait sessions. I have an f3.5 18mm Zeiss and in good light even then this screen is helpful getting accurate focus, especially when you are working up close. For the money you can't go wrong especially if your lenses are f2 and wider. Watch a youtube video before you install this thing, but it really is easy and just do exactly as the directions tell you.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By JL Thomas Photography

              from Lillington, NC

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

              Works beautifully. Very accurate DOF.

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              • No

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              2.0

              Not all that...

              By Viktor

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                  Used it with my Carl Zeiss 35mm Distagon F/2 - got it hoping it would make manual focusing easier and faster BUT I ended up returning the product because It didn't make it all that easy. I focus better with my default focusing screen better then with Eg-S. Maybe it's just me. Too bad Canon doesn't have split prism for 6D

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                  5.0

                  Essential for MF with fast lenses

                  By GW

                  from Boston, MA

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                  Pros

                  • Aids Manual Focusing
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Priceusefulness Ratio
                  • Price-usefulness Ratio
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Darken's Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                  If you're trying to manual focus a wide aperture lens (f/2 and wider) at close to medium focusing distances, you need this screen. The standard screen will only show depth-of-field up to f/2.8, so beyond that you're essentially guessing. This brings the visible depth-of-field down to about 1.8, which is much better.

                  The trade off is the EG-S "super precision" screen will darken your viewfinder somewhat. This isn't really a problem with wide-aperture lenses, but if you have slower zooms you may have some trouble in darker shooting conditions. It's possible but not practical or advisable to switch screens on the fly (they damage very easily), so that's something to keep in mind.

                  In sum, if you have fast glass and you're shooting even relatively close, buy this and you'll be happier.

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                  5.0

                  A must have for fast glass

                  By emaphoto

                  from Palm Coast, FL

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                    When using fast and/or manual focus lenses this is indespensible. Really makes a difference and is a great aid in manula focusing. My Zeiss lenses are much easier to focus now, especially in lower light.

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                    1.0

                    It does not help to focus manually

                    By Evgeny

                    from Suisse

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                        I bought this screen to focus my canon 85/1.2 and 50/1.0 manually wide open on canon 6D. Right from the beginning I found out that this screen does not make it easier to focus manually as compared to the standard screen. At least, this was my immediate and clear subjective impression. Then, I did a blind test by taking a large number of photos, half with manual focus and half of them taken with autofocus. Surprisingly, with autofocus on I have got sharper photos in 100% of cases. Unfortunately, my conclusion is that this screen is useless. I give it one star for the fact, that with the lenses I use regularly, I do not need to change back. The shipping was fast and careful.

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                        5.0

                        Have fast lenses.. You NEED this

                        By FMPhotography

                        from Ottawa, Ontario

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • price
                        • True Focus With Fast Lens

                        Cons

                        • Not For F40 Or Slower

                        Best Uses

                        • 28 Or Faster Lenses

                        Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                        I do not know why I waited so long to pick one of these up. It makes a huge difference when using lenses that are faster then f2.8 and has greatly improved my hit rate when using my Canon 85mm f1.2, Canon 50mm f1.4 and Lensbaby 3G lenses. It does make the viewfinder using slower lenses (f4.0 etc..) a fair bit darker, but this is not an issue for me. If you have any lenses faster than 2.8 and not many slower lenses, then you need this screen.

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                        3.0

                        gives a little sharper focus point

                        By jmcafee

                        from tucson, Az

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                            I use this with some Mamiya 645 lenses on a Canon 6D. Since the lenses are f2.8 they are right at the aperture limit of the focus screen's usefulness and the gain in clarity is small but still useful. The view is pretty dark beyond f5.6.

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                            4.0

                            Takes the guess work out of focusing

                            By Lil Chrissie

                            from Toronto Canada

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                            Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                            Would prefer a split prism. Wish this screen came standard with camera.

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                            5.0

                            Love it

                            By agjohnnie

                            from New Orleans

                            Comments about Canon Super Precision Matte Eg-S Interchangeable Focusing Screen:

                            Best upgrade ever

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