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5d MkII vs. 5dMkIII viewfinder

 
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Apr 29, 2013 17:02 |  #1

I've been reading reviews and comments about the 5dMkIII.
Just wondering (can't seem to find this)....it's difficult to see the information in the viewfinder of the 5dMkII when it's bright outside. Is it the same with the 5dMkIII?
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Apr 29, 2013 19:07 |  #2

I haven't had any problems in bright light.


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Apr 29, 2013 19:10 |  #3

Wait, what? It's difficult to see info when it's bright outside on a 5D2? That's news to me... I've had mine for a year and not once had any issues with it...it's as visible as any other Canon DSLR.


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Apr 29, 2013 19:21 |  #4

Hmmm....it seemed darker to me than my 40d. That is, I used to be able to see the shutter speed, etc. on the bottom of the screen much better (brighter) than on the 5d MkII.
When I am shooting in Manual with the 5dMkII in bright daylight, I can't see the information on the bottom and I move the dials.


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Apr 29, 2013 19:32 |  #5

sml wrote in post #15880587 (external link)
Hmmm....it seemed darker to me than my 40d. That is, I used to be able to see the shutter speed, etc. on the bottom of the screen much better (brighter) than on the 5d MkII.
When I am shooting in Manual with the 5dMkII in bright daylight, I can't see the information on the bottom and I move the dials.

I have the exact same issue with my 5d2. Extremely hard to read the information in the viewfinder under bright outdoor conditions.




  
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Apr 29, 2013 19:33 |  #6

To make it clear, I was talking about my 5DIII, not the 5DII.


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Apr 29, 2013 19:39 |  #7

Ah! So that, effectively, answers my question!
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Apr 29, 2013 19:42 |  #8

Lol yup...one person saying "it's dark" and one saying "it's fine" sounds like exhaustive research to me!


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Apr 29, 2013 19:50 |  #9

Haha....
I was responding to Sirrith's experience with the MkIII. The part about no issues with the brightness. And Hogloff apparently has the same observations with me with the Mk!!.

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Apr 29, 2013 22:22 |  #10

I thought that the screen brightness could be adjusted.


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Apr 30, 2013 03:44 |  #11

Rafromak wrote in post #15881246 (external link)
I thought that the screen brightness could be adjusted.

It can...but he's talking about the VIEWFINDER info...you know, the line of green stuff on the bottom of your VF. :)


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Oct 08, 2014 15:43 |  #12

is there a fix for the 5d2 dim info display in the viewfinder? i'm havins the same issues


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Oct 08, 2014 16:38 |  #13

No experience of the MkIII, but the MkII viewfinder info is detectably dimmer than the original model. I have both those bodies and an A/B comparison right now confirms the impression gained shooting in bright light. I wear varifocals and the MkII VF info also drifts 'out of shot' far more than the 5Dc if you're slightly off-centre.


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Oct 08, 2014 17:00 |  #14

If your eye is up to the viewfinder blocking the ambient whst difference would the brightness make?




  
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Oct 08, 2014 17:19 |  #15

It's the spectacle thing ~ my most recent varifocals seem to stand off my face more than previous specs, allowing far more light leakage. Perching specs on top of head no longer works, since my eyes are way past the standard dioptre adjustment; maybe it's time to get an additional adjustment lens and lose the specs.


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