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Overpowering the sun - Viewfinder or Live View

 
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Feb 18, 2013 09:48 |  #1

Just a quick poll. If you guys are shooting without ND's and using f16 / f22 to block out the bare sun (using strobes to overpower and light your subject) how do you manage framing through the viewfinder without being annoyed by a magnified mid day sun attacking your retina? Or do you tend to use live view in those situations?


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Feb 18, 2013 10:29 |  #2

I'd imagine that aiming your camera at the sun in live view would not be good for the sensor.


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Feb 18, 2013 10:39 |  #3

I don't understand. What's the difference between looking at a scene through your camera viewfinder and just looking at a scene with just the eyes at midday? Do you wear sun glasses during the day whenever you go out?  ???


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Feb 18, 2013 10:53 |  #4

I should have elaborated! I meant looking through an 85mm lens with magnified bare sun in the frame! I don't mean ambient diffused light!! The point made above about the sun damaging a sensor pretty much sums up what can happen to the human eye! If anyone here can stare directly at the sun without squinting or feeling uncomfortable then I salute them!!!


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Feb 19, 2013 08:40 |  #5

For the last few years I have been using live view with a zacuto viewfinder for almost everything including the scenario you describe. However I would use NDs and a pola to get a more respectable stop.


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Feb 20, 2013 01:16 |  #6

I usually use the viewfinder. Block the sun with my left hand,focus,move my hand away, and snap.


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Feb 20, 2013 10:34 |  #7

whoty wrote in post #15630622 (external link)
I usually use the viewfinder. Block the sun with my left hand,focus,move my hand away, and snap.

do this ^^.

your manual should tell you that live view and the sun don't mix.


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Feb 21, 2013 05:30 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #8

Thanks for the tips! Will give it a shot and steer clear from using live view!


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