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Thread started 03 Jan 2009 (Saturday) 07:57
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POLL: "Do you use Live View?"
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Jun 12, 2010 17:31 as a reply to  @ post 10349865 |  #76

It is correct that Live view can give you the wrong impression about what your image will look like. You can set the camera to either show a simulation of what the exposure will look like, or to do its best of showing a "nice" image, even if it's not true to the result.

When using the normal AF during live view, the live view is temporarily suspended.


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Jun 12, 2010 17:54 |  #77

apersson850 wrote in post #10350332 (external link)
It is correct that Live view can give you the wrong impression about what your image will look like. You can set the camera to either show a simulation of what the exposure will look like, or to do its best of showing a "nice" image, even if it's not true to the result.

Inasmuch as the viewfinder is always shows an image even farther removed from the final image, why does an image closer to the final image make Live View unusable?

When using the normal AF during live view, the live view is temporarily suspended.

And why does that make Live View unusable? Ever shoot with a view camera?


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Jun 12, 2010 17:55 |  #78

I have it and use it......but usually indoors on a tripod.


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Jun 12, 2010 20:42 |  #79

Very interesting thread. I have it but have never used it. I will now. I recently got some extension tubes to try some macro. Wearing glasses and looking through the VF to do macro is frustrating. So duh, I didn't even think about enabling LV. Can't wait to try it!


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Jun 12, 2010 21:15 as a reply to  @ MRagon's post |  #80

Sure, I've used Live View on my Rebel. They're rare situations, but indispensable. Mostly I've used it for tripod work with timed exposures, but I've also used it effectively in low light hand held situations with an extension tube (when I simply couldn't get close enough with a tripod). Using Live View with 10x magnification for manual focus is hard to beat.

For MRagon, this is the extension tube shot (12mm). It's a Christmas tree ornament that's probably 2.5" wide. Image is not cropped.

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Jun 12, 2010 21:20 |  #81

I'll toss my hat into the LV users ring. When I first bought the 7D, I thought it would be entirely useless, but as faster glass and higher ISO ranges open up a new world of night-time photography, I'm finding the ability to use 5x of 10x zoom for manual focus very useful. There are lots of time when even the 7D with fast L glass can't catch focus on a subject in low light, so any improvement to manual focus is welcome in my camera bag.


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Jun 13, 2010 00:01 |  #82

For use with a TSE lens, 5-10X Live View is a godsend. Its like using a loupe on the back of a large format camera. My older cameras don't have live view, and using tilt movements with a TSE lens is very, very difficult, even with a good focusing screen. For the landscape photographer Live View is a great tool.
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Jun 13, 2010 00:15 as a reply to  @ Mike K's post |  #83

Recently got the 7D (from a non-live view 30D) and went to a piano concert where I had special and unique permission (from my friend - the one playing!), to shoot.

But even with permission, Live View was FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC!
Flicked onto silent mode-2, put the body under the chair and switched on Live View; up with the camera and fired away, putting the camera behind me just before lifting my finger off the shutter release button and even in the silent sections, nobody could hear a thing!

Excellent system, given a little bit of extra thought so as to be (as good as) 100% silent.

There's NO WAY I could've shot with my 30D under such noise-strict conditions.

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Jun 13, 2010 00:24 |  #84

Metalstrm wrote in post #6994112 (external link)
Choose the option that applies to you. Personally, I'd rather look through the viewfinder than use Live View.

The way you worded that it seems you think LV is for all-the-time use. I only use it on a tripod for accurate focusing. Frankly I consider it a PITA but I get better results so I put up with it.


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Jun 13, 2010 03:05 |  #85

I used to use it with my 50D for macro work. Useful, but a pain in the a$$.


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Jun 13, 2010 07:53 |  #86

Everything I see through my VF is live ... :lol:

Seriously, if my cam had it, I'd use it if I were shooting macro, or low light and tripod shots.


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Jun 13, 2010 07:58 as a reply to  @ LiquidSword's post |  #87

Tripod shots, low light shots, and invaluable with Tilt-Shift work.




  
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Jun 13, 2010 08:00 |  #88

Have it on the t1i, use it when I need to. None on the 5D haven't really missed it yet


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Jun 13, 2010 08:01 |  #89

I don't shoot too much macro or astrophotography, so I rarely use it. I prefer using the viewfinder for sports, portraits, and landscapes when I don't have as much time to setup a tripod and prepare the shot. I recently did a jewelry shoot and I used live view the entire time, at 10x it really makes it easy to manual focus.


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Jun 13, 2010 08:38 as a reply to  @ geoff5093's post |  #90

Pretty much only for macro, although sometimes I'll use it to get a lower POV than is possible using the viewfinder


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