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02 Nov 2010 05:48 AM  
Hi Steve I like the idea of having a grid on the view finder of my camera to help me think better about composition before I push the shutter but I dont understand why the optional Canon "Eg-D precision matte with grid" has 3 horizontal and 5 vertical lines. I was looking for something that would give me a grid aligned to the rule of thirds (ie 2 horizontal and two vertical - or 9 boxes. Is the EG-d grid designed for an entirely different purpose? Peter
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02 Nov 2010 08:37 AM  
Well.. it's like this..

I wouldn't want a grid in the rule of thirds theme.  I think if you keep with foreground, mid-ground, background.. the rule of thirds will follow naturally.  The biggest skill is learning to "see" the scene.  You'll 'see' with the naked eye, frame with the viewfinder, and add to the creation process with camera controls like depth of field.

The lines you refer to are there to help "level" the horizon.  The vertical lines help you do this by lining up a vertical line with a vertical feature in the scene, and the same with the horizontal lines.  Ideally you'd check both vertical and horizontal at the same time.

Yet, you can certainly get a rule of thirds grid custom etched.  I wouldn't bother with the Canon models though.  They're lacking in many ways.  Instead visit www.brightscreen.com and check out their awesome focus screens.  The professional #5 model features a HUGE split diagonal prism which makes accurate manual focus fast and easy.. and you can custom order any line etchings you wish at the time of order.

I have several for each camera body I own.  They all have the large #5 Pro diag split prism because while Autofocus is great, the next level up in skill and creativity will be when you override the AF with manual focus.  And I have screens with 5x7", 8x10" etchings depending on what my client wants their wedding album or senior book to be sized.. and I have another with simple crosshairs that I use line up horizons.

Yes, they're pricey.. but well worth it.  Remember, the focus screen affects the accuracy of your AF, MF, and light metering.  When something can affect that much of the process you'll want to get the best and Brightscreen is the best without question.

Next time we get together remind me and I'll show you a 1 series body with one of these screens mounted.
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