OVF vs EVF put to rest

Started Sep 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Dave Oddie Veteran Member • Posts: 4,129
Re: OVF vs EVF put to rest

DontThinkSo wrote:

Too bad every subject in that video could easily have been shot using LV and cdaf which would allow the same functions such as focus peaking on pentax, magnify, histograms ect. The only thing EVF allows is for you to use LV like functions while peeking into a sun shaded hole with one eye. I can buy a Hoodman and accomplish the exact same thing with an LCD, sans only PDAF (although LV is still quite fast on a K30 for example) and which will not matter once on sensor PDAF takes hold.

SLT is a dying technology. On sensor PDAF will eventually even out LV without losing light in every shot. The fastest LV cameras today are already better in every way other than tracking.

The video wasn't extolling the virtues of SLT's but EVF's v OVF's. If your camera has a viewfinder I can guarantee you will use it for well over 90% of your shots. If so then if it has an OVF you won't get the advantages claimed in the advertisement for EVF's when taking those shots will you?

I can also guarantee what you also won't be doing either is faffing around fitting a Hoodman and using the rear LCD. Whether on-sensor PDAF is perfected or not doing that is a pretty ridiculous amount to trouble to go to when it would be easier to use the OVF on your camera so that is what you will be doing.

The advent of on sensor PDAF won't see the demise of EVF's anyway (as nicely illustrated by the A99) because EVF's have merits in their own rights.

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