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Old 01-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Happy New Year , my eyes don't seem to work as well as they once did and the image I see thru a D80 viewfinder seems tiny and hard to get sharply focased shots . Is there anything on the market that would help ( other than buying one of them really expensive digitals ) in this matter ? Thanks in advance for any suggestions .
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find that the modern auto focus systems built into the dSLR cameras are very good about precise focusing. If you use them properly, you'll get tack sharp focusing without having to worry about the viewfinder. The only time the viewfinder would be an aid is when manual focus is used and for that you really need the old splitimage viewfinder.
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Thanks for your responce , The camera (nikon d80 ) works fine when in auto-focus mode but in manual is where the problem comes into play with using A-bees as lites ? I'm not really sure if split screen is available for the d80 unless you know alot of things I don't and I'm pretty sure you do !
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I doubt you can easily add a split screen to the D80 unless you are a wizard at that type of work. But I assume the problem is that the ABs to have a powerful enough modeling light for accurate auto focus. In that case add a hot light to the mix beside the main AB to boost the light level. It won't usually effect the lighting since the fstop will usually be in the 5.6 to 11 range and the shutterspeed at about 1/125th.
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The camera (nikon d80 ) works fine when in auto-focus mode but in manual is where the problem comes into play with using A-bees as lites
I have never had any problem with autofocus with any of several cameras when using my ABs with 150W modeling lights. Perhaps you could try those instead of the 100W lights that they came with. The ABs are rated to use 150W lights.

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I'm not really sure if split screen is available for the d80
You can get a split screen for manual focusing for the D80 here:

http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/item--N...-prod_D80.html

Make sure to read the notes about metering and the optional brightness treatment. They can add optional composition grid lines. They can install the screen for $50 instead of shipping it to you if you send your camera to them.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have experienced many AF problems when my AB-800's are at a low setting. The modeling lights are doing what they are supposed to do...just too dim for the AF on my Canon EOS Rebel XT. I have read that another hot light as RFS suggests will work...but have not tried that. As I am using reading glasses now, I find it difficult to manually focus via the viewfinder too.
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I have experienced many AF problems when my AB-800's are at a low setting. The modeling lights are doing what they are supposed to do...just too dim for the AF on my Canon EOS Rebel XT. I have read that another hot light as RFS suggests will work...but have not tried that. As I am using reading glasses now, I find it difficult to manually focus via the viewfinder too.
You can change that setting on the ABs so that the modeling light does not track the power setting of the flash. This leaves the modeling light at full power.

There is usually a diopter adjustment on SLR cameras that lets you adjust the viewfinder and this is useful for people who wear glasses. I use reading glasses, but I can not clearly see through the viewfinder while using them. So I adjust the diopter setting so that I can see the viewfinder perfectly without the reading glasses (but I have to put the reading glasses back on to chimp - etc).
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Is there anything on the market that would help ( other than buying one of them really expensive digitals ) in this matter ? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Ahh, sounds like someone else is approaching the "golden years..." Pardon me while I chuckle cause I've been there, and am still there...

I've seen magnifier eyepiece things that fit on viewfinders. They're mini-loupes or some such and I'm not sure how convenient they are to use since they keep the camera well off your face. I'd look in a Porter's Camera catalog.

The other thing I've seen is a right angle viewer with some magnification. I think Hoodman and Adorama have recently advertised these for roughly $100.

And finally, there's Zigview which does much the same thing only it's purely electronic and you can really zoom in on a somewhat larger LCD display. But last time I saw it advertised it was something like $250 or so.

One final comment on the AB's. If you have the modeling lights set to track the flash level, turn that function off so it gives you the full modeling light.
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