D7000 pentaprism OVF not as bright as my D5100 pentamirror OVF?

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D7000 pentaprism OVF not as bright as my D5100 pentamirror OVF?
Sep 25, 2013

I just acquired a D7000 and comparing the viewfinders inside my house (looking at the same object in the kitchen with same lenses at same focal points) the D5100 is considerably lighter than the D7000.

There sure is a OVF size difference (the D7000 dwarfs the D5100's OVF imo) but it's just not as bright. It's a very little used D7000 vs the D5100 is brand new.

any thoughts as to why this is? I thought I was going to get even a brighter image with the pentaprism vs the mirror.

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