tzalman wrote in post #16400158
A little 3 inch LCD is never going to be "great". You won't find a great one on any camera. It is not intended to be used to examine either color (not color managed and certainly not calibrated) or tonality. Its purpose is to check composition, overexposure (blinkies) and whether Aunt Bertha closed her eyes when the flash went off. If you shoot Raw, it is even less relevant because it shows a castrated jpg version of the capture. But if you must shoot jpg and want a good review, tether to a laptop or Win 8 tablet.
sega62 wrote in post #16400296
Yes im shooting raw, thanks for the advices
I don't have a 5D2, so can't comment on the particulars there. With the 1DM3 that I did own, I found the Live View mainly useful in low light situations, particularly ones where I was going to use a flash and wanted to use Live View to get "some" ambient exposure.
But a comment on shooting Raw:
When shooting Raw, it's important to realize that what we see in the LCD represents the jpeg from our in-camera settings (Picture Style, White Balance, etc.) and, as such, will to some degree differ from how our Raw shoots will be rendered in an app other than the Canon Raw processing Digital Photo Professional (DPP). And so, we get a lot of folks asking questions like "Why doesn't Lightroom show my shots like I see in the LCD?"
That's something to be aware of, but there is also a bit of a "work-around". I have my cameras set to the Neutral Picture Style, with Contrast and Saturation dialed all the way back to -4, settings which are pretty close to the default rendering of Lightroom (and Adobe Camera Raw). So, if I bring the shot into DPP it will be quite similar to the image viewed in LR.
Also, I can use those settings to take better advantage of the Raw latitude of highlight and shadow "renderings", and of the latitude with color tones, because the LCD is less likely to give misleading "blinkies" and such. Plus, the histogram will be more "toned down" than with the default Canon "Standard" Picture Style.
This can be useful when you are shooting scenes with challenging dynamic ranges, bright highlights and dark shadows, (many daylight scenes) when you are "pushing" things. But in these scenarios, having the nice big LCD is less important than having the histogram and the highlight/shadow "blinkies" and then the preview image on the histogram is just an "approximation" of whether your overall exposure is "OK".
I don't use the LCD or Live View to check things like sharpness because I've found my lenses to function quite reliably with the AF. If I was shooting tethered, and doing MF, then I could use a laptop screen. Otherwise when doing MF I stay glued to my viewfinder, but sure Live View can help there if you are using a high magnification to judge sharpness. With my older cameras Live View is not an option though, so if I really want, I can zoom in on the preview after a first shot!