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Who cares about viewfinder size?

 
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Sep 16, 2009 17:12 |  #31

I'm for big on viewfinders. Better for manual focusing and less strain on my eyes.


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Sep 16, 2009 17:14 |  #32

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Maybe it's me, but I am a bit surprised by the amount of marketing efforts and seeming importance people place on the viewfinder. Canon and Sony literally have pages on their brochure boasting the size of the pentaprism. To me, that just means you get more of an ache carrying that extra bulk.

I mean, does it really matter to you if it's that slightly larger? I don't notice much of a difference between cameras of the same sensor size anyway. It's not like it will affect image quality or my composition, why such a big deal over it?

Viewfinder size and quality is one of the most important items to me. It is the single most important connection between the user and the camera.

Without a good viewfinder it is hard to study the photo before you take it.


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Sep 16, 2009 17:47 |  #33

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I even notice a big difference between how the XSI viewfinder compares to the 40D when I switched, even and when they both cover roughly the same area and have the same size of sensor, but the 40D carries a pentaprism viewfinder

For me that is important

For me, too. When I was shopping for my first DSLR back in February, I was looking for a basic camera on a budget. My criteria were: 1) superb IQ; 2) durability; and 3) comfortable handling. Nothing else mattered.

(My eyesight is failing, so I need big viewfinder and big LCD.)

I tried the XSi, D60 and D90, and I found them very uncomfortable to hold and operate. I also didn't like the plastic construction.

But when I tried the 40D, I instantly fell in love with it! Perfect grip, fantastic ergonomics. All-magnesium body. Large and bright viewfinder. And at CAD$1180, it was easily the best photographic bargain on the market. Well worth the price difference. And this is for a basic DSLR camera.

(I'm still on a budget.)

Yes, the viewfinder definitely matters.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 17:58 |  #34

I care a great deal. Having to peer through a dim, cramped tube and not seeing everything that will be captured when making the most important decision relating to any image, that is, composition, was the biggest shock I received when changing from my OM2 to my 30D.

It is a big driver in my desire to move to full frame, and I hope that there will be 100% coverage by the time I can afford that.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 18:03 as a reply to  @ post 8655389 |  #35

I've worn glasses for 60 years :( and I'm the mad cropper :) , so I can't see any difference and, thus, don't care.


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Sep 16, 2009 18:19 |  #36

kasey wrote in post #8654143 (external link)
Maybe it's me, but I am a bit surprised by the amount of marketing efforts and seeming importance people place on the viewfinder. Canon and Sony literally have pages on their brochure boasting the size of the pentaprism. To me, that just means you get more of an ache carrying that extra bulk.

I mean, does it really matter to you if it's that slightly larger? I don't notice much of a difference between cameras of the same sensor size anyway. It's not like it will affect image quality or my composition, why such a big deal over it?

the first DSLR that i've had with a big viewfinder was the 5d. i noticed it right off. i was also shooting the 30d. when i went back and forth between cameras i really wasn't noticing that much difference tho.

both of my cameras now have large viewfinders. one is larger than the other and i really can't tell difference. maybe if i thought about it or did a comparison but that just isn't what i do :D.

sooo....for me bigger is better to a degree but then it doesn't make that much difference. my old eyes tend to acclimate quickly to whatever i'm using.

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Sep 16, 2009 18:28 |  #37

ed rader wrote in post #8657717 (external link)
the first DSLR that i've had with a big viewfinder was the 5d. i noticed it right off. i was also shooting the 30d. when i went back and forth between cameras i really wasn't noticing that much difference tho.

Yeah - that worries me a bit too. Canon's FF viewfinders are still puny compared to the OM ones that set my standard, even if they are better than the APS-C ones. I did take a look through a 5D2 yesterday though, and it looked pretty decent; totally beyond my means at the moment.

Many is the time I have wished that Olympus had not gone for the 4/3 digital format.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 18:41 |  #38

xarqi wrote in post #8657752 (external link)
Yeah - that worries me a bit too. Canon's FF viewfinders are still puny compared to the OM ones that set my standard, even if they are better than the APS-C ones. I did take a look through a 5D2 yesterday though, and it looked pretty decent; totally beyond my means at the moment.

Many is the time I have wished that Olympus had not gone for the 4/3 digital format.

The OM-1 VF was about the best 135 format viewfinder on a manual focus camera. It's unfair to compare autofocus viewfinders to that standard though because of the light lost to the partial mirror. If Canon made the 5D VF that big everyone would **** about how dark it is.

To be more fair we should be comparing the 5D and 1Ds viewfinders to the better ones of the autofocus film era. In this contect the 5D is middle of the road and the 1Ds is pretty good.

On another topic, a different great viewfinder experience comes from using a high quality rangefinder with a wide or normal lens. It's a different approach to composition when you can clearly see what you are about to shoot and also the stuff that is around the frame.


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Sep 16, 2009 18:47 |  #39

Who cares about viewfinder size?

Hmmmm........me.
Others have stated the reasons. One more reason to upgrade. Not by itself, but it adds to the accumulation of features that are behind me giving a little nudge.


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Sep 16, 2009 18:48 |  #40

For the first time, viewfinder size was a major consideration for me too, because I wasn't really sure how much I was gonna rely on Live View.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 18:54 |  #41

When I had the XT I felt like I was looking through a tunnel. It strained my eyes and gave me headaches.

With the 30D and especially the 1D II, it's no issue.


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Sep 16, 2009 19:00 |  #42

yogestee wrote in post #8655112 (external link)
A bigger, brighter viewfinder makes for easier manual focusing..

+1 ... try manually focusing on a 5d then try and do it on an xti bigger is definitely better!




  
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Sep 16, 2009 19:07 |  #43

My dad's OM-1 definitely has an amazing VF....my 5D VF is much better compared to my old XT's. It just makes shooting a whole lot more easier/fun!


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Sep 16, 2009 19:07 |  #44

Oh it definitely matters! It's great! Jumping from a 40d to a 5dii, I've noticed such a huge difference in viewfinder size. It definitely spoils you like crazy!


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Sep 16, 2009 19:26 |  #45

the xti has a horrible view finder, it's so dark and crappy... this is going to be a huge upgrade for me.


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