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My new Canon doesn't have anythinglike it. If I want to manually focus, there is no reference in theviewfinder to tell you for sure that you are focusing accurately.
If you half press the shutter while focusing manually, the appropriate focus LED will light and you'll get a beep when you've reached what the camera thinks is perfect focus..
This isn't quite the same thing as you're talking about, but it is useful..
To get a split circle, you could always buy a Leica M8... but then you have no autofocus. Autofocus is so good these days that you can't blame SLR makers too much for not paying much attention to manual focus..
There are some options for some cameras. Usually not from the manufacturer, but only 3rd party. I've seen this topic discussed on the Minolta SLR forum (or at dyxxum.com?) a year ago, but I don't remember exactly..
Maybe you should search the forum(s) for split screen or split circle (or not just these forums, but all around the net), if you are really interested..
I just got one for my 40D - haven't had a chance to use it much. Primarily got it for use with my 400 5.6 with 1.4 converter..
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So I was given a 35mm Minolta quite a few years ago by my grandfatherwho used it for professional photography. I really got used to theeasy way of focusing on subjects manually. There was a small splitcircle in the middle of view and you could find an edge of whateveryou wanted to focus on (edge of a flower, edge of an object etc.) andif it was out of focus, the split circle in the middle of view would"cut" the edge....so to focus you would simply line up the edge so itwas a straight line. Very easy. My new Canon doesn't have anythinglike it. If I want to manually focus, there is no reference in theviewfinder to tell you for sure that you are focusing accurately, itseems that it is just a matter of a "best guess." Why don't theymake it easier like the older Minoltas?.
Katzeye makes a focusing screen for your Canon. I just put one in my Oly. e510 and really love it. It compares with the split screens of old. I use several manual lenses and it works great..
I'm gonna have to sell some of this stuff so I can buy more stuff! Mummm, more stuff!..
Either third party focusing screens (KatzEye) or certain first-party ones (the Canon 5D and the 1 series have replaceable focus screens with a MF-tuned one)..
The big problem with DSLRs is the smaller viewfinder will get a fair bit darker...