Manual focus on small viewfinder is difficult especially with bright
screens, it is hard to confirm if subject is in focus. I always have the
type "S" screen on the 5D II as it is easier to focus although much
darker with slow lenses.
It is a nightmare if the focusing screen is off, I had messed up with the
focusing screen mount at the beginning of using 5D II after playing with
some third party screens. I had to release-remount the screen a few
get it in right position but it went off after some uses. Fortunately
the symptom disappeared in these two years.
The ultimate solution is FF with high resolution live-view viewfinder, LCD
screen won't work.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ken Norton" <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx>
DD#2 is a far better portrait photographer than me. We're just still
getting her up to speed on using a real camera. And manual focusing
was rough for both of us. I blew focus with the 100/2 as the DoF is so
narrow and the focus screen is not exactly positioned right. (It's
worse in the DMC-L1 than in the E-1, but that was off too). Because of
the bright sunlight and handheld camera usage, I didn't use live-view
to check focus except for a couple of times.
The 35-80 earned its keep again. If you nail focus, the lens just
whomps everything else with extreme sharpness and perfect bokeh.
But I'm starting to get the itch for a FF camera with awesome