What is the point of the HYBRID OVF?

Started Jan 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
junyo Regular Member • Posts: 321
Re: What is the point of the HYBRID OVF?

shigzeo ? wrote:

Anyone who uses non-X lenses knows this: there is no way to focus a lens using the X-Pro via the OVF. You can do hyper focal guesses, but never be 100% sure of focus because the 'HYBRID' OVF employs no focus aids.

Why is this?

Horizon, white/black levels, ISO, etc., great, but what about focusing?

Why is there a camera that looks like a rangefinder with a glass eye that doesn't allow focusing of a lens manually through that bit of glass? The information about the split image in the new 100s was fun until it seemed it only works in the EVF or the LCD.

They HYBRID portion of the OVF should bear out like this: overlay the split image onto the glass. Keep it in the centre, fine. But make it possible to look into real light, not bloody pixels, to focus.

Fuji's lenses are 100% SLR style lenses with coupled/automatic aperture, but the camera looks like a rangefinder. The problem is that the niceties of a rangefinder are completely absent unless you pretend your fuji lenses are rangefinder lenses and you use AF. If not, you are out of luck and have to resort to the EVF.

The look of the X-Pro is the only advance I can see for users of non-Fuji glass. Otherwise, X-E seems the obvious choice. It shouldn't be. Some of us want the metal body and would love to use the (okay so it's small and chintzy and looks like looking through a tunnel) OVF in some meaningful way other than a reason to keep a glass cleaning cloth handy.

Will this functionality ever come? If not, what is the bloody point of the OVF other than looks.

They make the camera you're looking for. It's called a Leica.

People complained about how much the XPro originally cost, and adding a coupled rangefiinder to the OVF would have made that cost much higher. So Fuji made the decision to introduce a lower cost version that has the framing ability of a bigger than frame OVF but leaves the rangefinding to the AF system. And to modernize the system, to deal with parallax and allow it to be used with 3rd party and zoom lenses there's the EVF.

It you can't live with it then don't. What good does quizzing a bunch of people who don't work for Fuji do?

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