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    Question FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Hi there folks,
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    Hope things are going well, I have been having a hectic time sorting out Bike lessons! Hopefully though it will all turn out OK and I'll have another mode of transport to get me to some great shots with my Oly kit!
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    I was hoping to get your opinion on the FS2 grid screen for the E1.
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    I have had my E1 for just over 2 years now and have enjoyed using it. I remember spotting the FS2 replacement grid screen soon after I bought my E1 but I didn’t really think any more on it.

    Since then it has simmered somewhere in the back of my mind and has arrived fresh and baked to perfection this morning (strange thing to wake up thinking of camera equipment!) ready for further action to be taken to rectify it not being a part of my kit.
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    What I want to know is whether it actually improves the E1 experience... I upgraded my eyecup to the larger size (EP2 I believe it's called) and have a great time with it (when it doesn’t go walkabout!), I consider this to be a great investment as it really helps me to focus on the image through the VF rather than “outside information” and has improved my "E1 Experience". Does this happen with the FS2? Has it become an invaluable piece of kit on your E1 setup?
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    How difficult is it to install? Should I send it to Oly and ask them to put it in for me or is it something I can do at home?
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    Finally, have you noticed a difference in images taken with the FS2? Are you able to accurately line up shots with the grid lines or are the faint / mainly for the "rule of 3rds"?
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    I hope you can help me with this as I can imagine it selling out at some point and all that “baking” will have been for nothing!
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    Cheers,
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    Harv
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    Cheers,
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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by theenigma View Post
    is it something I can do at home?
    YES,

    and it worths to invest for your E-1.

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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Hi Johannes,

    Many thanks for the reply, nice to know its a worthy investment.

    You mentioned I could do the "procedure" at home. Does the FS2 come with an instruction book / installation tools? How do you install it?

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    Harv
    Need to find more time to enjoy my photography, I can feel my E1 boring holes in my back!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theenigma

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    It comes with tool, instruction, etc, easy DIY.
    Its like a flip out frame holding it, and you use the provided tool to pick it out and put back the FS-2, thats all.

    The Manual.

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    I bought one not too long ago. Installation is certainly very easy. As to how useful it is, I'd say that it depends on what you shoot. For architecture and things like seascapes that need a perfectly level horizon, it's great. For typical people photography, I don't think it adds anything positive, and there is a tiny bit more visual clutter. I've considered switching back to the regular screen, but I find it useful in enough situations to put up with the clutter.

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    one of the best things i bought for my E-1 was the FS-2! i am wondering why the FS-3 is not user replaceable for the E-3
    Dex

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    Once I installed the grid screen on my E-1, the constant need for 1-3 degree corrections just went away. It makes a big difference. I like it so much that I surrendered my E-3 for a week to have the service centre install a grid screen in it, too.

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    I have nothing to add to all the above positive comments about the FS-2. It is indeed a good investment.

    Maybe I have something to add: the installation process actually allowed me to blow off some dust specks lodged between the screen and prism.
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    YES! It's absolutely a wonderful investment. It was one of my favorite add-ons.

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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    YES!

    Especially if you are shooting with wide angle lenses (like the 11-22, or now the 12mm side of the 12-60).

    So, there is a grid screen for the E-3? And it isn't user replaceable?

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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by de2000 View Post
    So, there is a grid screen for the E-3? And it isn't user replaceable?
    That is correct. However, the E-3 has three rows of AF points so I use those to level my horizon.
    Good shooting,
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    Quote Originally Posted by E B View Post
    That is correct. However, the E-3 has three rows of AF points so I use those to level my horizon.
    Yes, that is what I currently do as well, but I miss my E-1's FS-2.

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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Yep, I still have my E-1 with and FS-2 screen also.
    Good shooting,
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    I've always been very anti screen clutter in the past until I bought and E-1 that happened to have the grid screen installed already and all I can say is that I should have always had a grid screen installed on all my cameras. I find I use it quite a bit for composition (rule of thirds) and for making sure horizons are level. I also use it occasionally to ensure there's no keystoning when I take pictures of buildings.

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    Default Re: FS-2 Grid Screen for the E1, is it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by E B View Post
    Yep, I still have my E-1 with and FS-2 screen also.
    Yes, I do too. I still have an E-1 with FS-2 and also a second E-1 with no FS-2. E-3 is new to me, and I am trying to master it right now. But I do miss the grid screen. While the many focus points inline helps, but I am still having a hard time leveling a shot when I shoot wide (either with the 12-60 or the 11-22) when compared with a real grid screen. And yes, checking for keystone helps with a grid screen too.

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