panasonic EVF's - have they improved a lot?

Started Jan 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
panikspace
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Re: Panasonic EVF for focusing
In reply to rrr_hhh, Feb 3, 2012

I see what happened - there's a missing word. What I intended to write was:

"This isn't unique to EVF cameras, but somehow it seems worse with the G3 than any other CAMERA I've used."

The G3 is the first camera I have ever used with an EVF, and I am not especially enjoying using the EVF compared to all the various cameras I've used over the years, which include rangefinders and SLRs in various formats, film and digital. I didn't expect the G3 to be better or worse than my previous cameras - I didn't have any expectations at all. Nothing to do with cost, value for $, or comparing apples to oranges - sure it's a useful tool, but I don't love it the way I loved my Contax 139!

rrr_hhh wrote:

Well, the thing is that I wasn't expecting the G3 to match my 5D, so I found it perfectly useful, even for MF. But I didn't pay the same amount for the two cameras.

So why did you write that the G3 seemed worse than other EVF in your previous comment ?

panikspace wrote:

Well, obviously "acceptable" is subjective - I'm just making some observations on my experience using an EVF for the first time. I also use a Canon 50D, and it's difficult to focus manually as well! You're lucky with the 5D - I miss the old days of big bright viewfinders. I'm sure my comments would apply to any camera with an EVF, not just the G3.

rrr_hhh wrote:

panikspace wrote:

I have found, in moving from Canon DSLRs to a G3, that the EVF is barely adequate, especially for manual focusing. There are a few reasons for this - one is obviously resolution - I think there's just enough to get the job done, but I do a lot of hunting back and forth because it never really pops into sharp focus - there just aren't enough pixels to look sharp.

Well I don't know what is your main camera, but I own a Canon 5d mk1 which has a big bright VF, but I haven't the feel that the VF of the G3 is barely acceptable. On the contrary, I was happily surprised to find a good VF.

As for contrast and brightness of the VF they can be adjusted to fit the users' preferences.

Also, on a bright day, I need to shield the top of the finder to see what's going on - hard to explain exactly, but I feel like I need a wide-brimmed hat, or a deep rubber eyecup, or something to shade the top of the camera - I find myself adopting an awkward position to shade the EVF from the sun with my hand. This isn't unique to EVF cameras, but somehow it seems worse with the G3 than any other I've used - perhaps the EVF is just that much dimmer than daylight compared to a SLR?

This s true, but I don't think it is worse with the G3 than other cameras : with what are you comparing ?

Thirdly - there is a sort of jerkiness when using a long lens - don't know if this is due to refresh rate or something else, but it almost makes me dizzy trying to frame with anything over 100mm - it's worse with manual lenses that don't have OIS, but even the kit 45-200 with OIS doesn't seem to stabilize the image as well as my 70-200 on a Canon.

Well the jerkiness is due to the focal length, the 45-200mm is a 90-400mm compared to the 70-200mm Canon ! Depending on the camera you are using, you can set the OIS to be continuously on, or only on when you take the shot. in the first case you will have less of that jerkiness, but you will drain the battery more quickly.

I haven't looked at a Nex 7 yet - I wonder if it's any better?

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