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Apr 21, 2014 15:27 |  #1
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Maybe a stupid question but the 5d Mark III has the option to show grid lines and also the electronic level in the viewfinder.

Which do you use? And why?

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Apr 21, 2014 15:57 |  #2

I have the grid on all the time, that help my level stuff out and compose the shot a little better, I haven't used the level that much, the grid does what I need it to.


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Apr 21, 2014 16:10 |  #3

I used leave the grids lines on most of the time on my 5DIII in both the view finder and live view. I've never even tried using the view finder lever outside of seeing how it worked.

I usually level my tripod off the level on my RSS pan clamp because it's pretty accurate and I've only turned on the camera's level to see if I got one that's accurate(they have a pretty loose spec and some don't even fall into it). I think I can trust mine.

I think all depends on the shot which is better. I think for general hand held shots the lines would normally be best, especially since not everything in the world is level but you might want it that way in your photo, but for things like stitching having everything level will make things line up better.




  
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Apr 21, 2014 16:11 |  #4

I wouldn't use either. "Level" is a relative term. The only time I care about being level is if shooting panorama. Any other time I'll just shoot what looks right. My tripod is hardly ever level. Why bother?


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Apr 21, 2014 16:12 |  #5

The grid is normally more useful.

If your wall paper is slightly off and you then hang a painting on the wall it doesn't matter if the painting is perfectly level - it will look off because of the wall paper.

So it's better to arrange the camera after the lines you see in the scene than to hold the camera perfectly level and get a photo that looks off because something in the scene wasn't perfectly level.


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Apr 21, 2014 18:00 |  #6

Numenorean wrote in post #16851044 (external link)
I wouldn't use either. "Level" is a relative term. The only time I care about being level is if shooting panorama. Any other time I'll just shoot what looks right. My tripod is hardly ever level. Why bother?

Actually "level" is not relative . . . especially in engineering or construction. ;)

I use both grid lines and the electronic level if I am shooting landscapes. If I am not shooting landscapes I don't worry too much about what is level.


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Apr 21, 2014 19:20 |  #7

The real question is not what we use, but what you would find useful, given what you shoot.

I find the levels (there are two) quite handy. When using a tripod, I often us the level that shows up on the lcd, which is much more precise than the internal one. I sometimes use the internal one as well. One reason is that I wear glasses, which makes it hard to see the edges of the frame. I also use it when the scene makes it hard to see what should be level.


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Apr 21, 2014 19:34 |  #8

Richie1978 wrote in post #16850935 (external link)
Maybe a stupid question but the 5d Mark III has the option to show grid lines and also the electronic level in the viewfinder.

Which do you use? And why?

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Electronic level in the viewfinder or live view?




  
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Apr 21, 2014 19:57 |  #9

I also use the grid for Rule of thirds and composition , never really used the Level except once doing some Landscape shots .

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Apr 21, 2014 21:13 |  #10

benDEJOpritchard wrote in post #16851019 (external link)
I have the grid on all the time, that help my level stuff out and compose the shot a little better, I haven't used the level that much, the grid does what I need it to.

Ditto


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Apr 21, 2014 21:19 |  #11

Grid lines are always useful for lining up your framing with the subject.

Two levels are paramount to avoid distortion when shooting my rectilinear Sigma 8-16 at the short end.

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Apr 22, 2014 03:36 |  #13

Numenorean wrote in post #16851044 (external link)
I wouldn't use either. "Level" is a relative term. The only time I care about being level is if shooting panorama. Any other time I'll just shoot what looks right. My tripod is hardly ever level. Why bother?

What a bizarre response...

It matters, because nothing looks more amateurish and better guaranteed to spoil an otherwise OK image, than a wonky horizon.




  
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Apr 22, 2014 04:40 |  #14

Keith R wrote in post #16852108 (external link)
What a bizarre response...

It matters, because nothing looks more amateurish and better guaranteed to spoil an otherwise OK image, than a wonky horizon.

That's why he uses it for pano's.

I agree with him, when it makes no difference, I tend to compose a shot by eye only.


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Apr 22, 2014 04:46 |  #15

I have the grid lines turned on in my 1DX - i havent used the level yet other than playing with it.

Had the grid and level turned on in the X100 VF (optical and electronic) but rarely look at the level


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