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- Changing Focusing Screens -


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When you are reading up to this page, either you have been tempted to buy one or you have already have one in your camera bag. Before we continue, a word of caution: Focusing screens are made of plastic, it is not optical glass. Scratchable and their surfaces are ground and/or etched and so they are very easy to accumulate dirts. Avoid at all times to allow any alien particles to fall on to the surface and never use your finger to touch them - especially the split image rangefinder. When you buy a new screen, other than the standard K screen supplied to you when you bought your camera new, the screen will come with a holder. IF you are not very seasoned at changing screen using your fingers, please use the tweeter/holder to perform this task.

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Evenly shaped surface can distribute better light, thus, the principle behind the K2/B2/E2 brighter screen transmission. (Note: These two illustrations are from the Canon's New F-1 site in MIR. Although these are not the original magnification of the Nikon screens, the Principle applies here).

Remove and changing a Focusing Screen

After removing the lens from the camera body, look into the mirror box. At the top front of the mirror box casting, there is a latch (
1) for snapping open the focusing screen frame holder. Then slip the small tip of the special tweezers (3), which are supplied with the accessory focusing screen, under the latch and pull outward to spring open the holder. Take the screen out of the holder by grasping the small tab with the tweezers. To avoid getting smudges or fingerprints on the screen's optical surfaces, do not remove the screen with your fingers. To mount another screen, carefully place it into position with the flat side facing downward and the tab out (2) (closer to the right side, facing the camera), then push the front edge of the holder upward until it clicks into position.

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Whatever, after a few rounds, I know you won't listen what I have said. Should you use your finger nails and fingers to change screen, just be careful. Although dirt marks on the screen will not affect actual image capture on films, but it can be very irritating when you you view through the viewfinder. Note: Sometimes when you have noticed some dirts in the viewfinder, it could be in your eyepiece. Further, when you have acquired a used camera, make sure the foam/sponge just above the reflex mirror (Use to absorb/reduce impact of the mirror when flip up during an exposure/tripping an empty shot) are not melt (If the camera was kept un-attended under high humidity condition for few years, this may occur). These are the most difficult lots to clean when fall onto the screen. NEVER attempt using a lens cleaning tissue or cloth to wept them, use a blower first or can air instead, as they are melt plastic materials and may take extra attention to clean them.

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Relative: Nikon Focusing Screens for Nikon F, Nikon F3, Nikon F4, Nikon F5 & Screens for MF-Nikon Mid-compact Bodies.

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Credit: Chuck Hester for some of his untiring effort in te development of these sites; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input; Lars Holst Hansen, Danish 'Hawkeye' who shares the same passion; Ms Miss Rissa (Sales Manager) & members of the Technical Service dept. of Shriro Malaysia, local distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia & Singapore, in providing so many useful input to make this site possible. Special thanks to Mr MC Lau, who has helped with his images of the MF-12 databack. Michael Tan, Pertama Photo (603-2926505) for lending his original Titanium Shutter Display Unit. Hiura Shinsaku, Nikomat ML, Japan for his contribution on all the various images; A contributing site to a long lost friend on the Net. Note: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work to publish in this site based on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such possible dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Made witha PowerMac.