The LiveView Poll

Started Sep 5, 2007 | Discussions thread
Jim Ogilvie Contributing Member • Posts: 799
Re: Live view uses

Auksnapper...

So you're going to get yourself a D300, and shoot almost exclusively with liveview?

This means of course that you're going to be holding the camera body away from you. You likey won't be able to get your hands on the lens barrel easily from this position, so manual focussing is out - unless you use a tripod.

The unnatural posture one is going to have to adopt to use liveview off of a tripod is going to make this feature very rarely used indeed. But I can definitely see it being useful if you're doing macro work or your subjects are absolutely still (mine never are, I shoot models almost 100%)

I guess thats where I am coming from. I forget often that a lot of people don't use their cameras to shoot people, so liveview might be useful to them.

There is no way you could free-hand hold the camera with a heavy lens using liveview and making adjustments.

auksnapper wrote:

With live-view you see 100% of the image area not 95% as your would
if looking through the viewfinder. All viewfinders should have 100%
field of vision not 95% which seems to be the norm. I find the
viewfinder on the A100 to be poor and I find it annoying that when I
compose in the viewfinder, the resulting image doesn’t correspond to
what I saw with my eyes. My cameras of choice are large format view
cameras, & I use the whole of the frame to compose and I get exactly
what I see on the groundglass. I don’t get this with the A100 & this
will be the same with the A700, with it only having 95% coverage & no
live-view.

With live-view you can also 10x zoom on the screen to aide manual
focusing & I have been told you will be able to stop down the lens to
check depth of field without the LCD darkening, but if this is
incorrect would somebody please correct me. You should also get live
histogram

The most important feature on any camera as far as I’m concerned is
the viewfinder, so the D300 with its 100% viewfinder plus its high
resolution live-view 3” LCD, which still auto focuses in live-view is
probably the way I will go. To most people this isn’t a deal breaker
but to me it is!

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