Not A Fan of Viewfinders. Am I crazy?

Started Jan 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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Not crazy, but it's not as bad as you think

KyleSlamchez wrote:

Okay, I've definitely noticed in reading camera reviews and forums that a lot of you love your viewfinders, particularly of the optical type.

People like what they are used to. That includes you.

Now maybe I'm a young whippersnapper who basically got started on a digital point and shoot that couldn't be bothered to have a viewfinder (a Canon S30), but I like composing with a screen. I don't see what the problem is.

The problems a mainly just two. The screen is not easy to see in bright light, and holding the camera away from the body makes it harder to keep steady.

Furthermore, I have a Pentax K20D with an optical viewfinder, and I suck at composing with it. I don't feel like I can see the entire scene, so even a simple photo of a room tends to come out crooked.

You are right. Most optical viewfinders do not show the whole scene, but, since you get in MORE than the viewfinder, there is a built-in safety factor.... which may, or may not, be useful in the kind of photography you do.

Not only that, but because I wear glasses, I don't feel like I can get the thing comfortably up to my eye. My nose ends up mashed up against the LCD screen, one eye squinting, and it's just no fun at all.

Glasses can be a real nuisance with eyelevel finders whether optical or electronic. That's why they have dioptre control, so that they an be adjusted to stand-in for the spectacle lens... you then do your viewing with the glasses OFF.

For the most comfortable use whilst wearing specs, and in order to get a view out to the edges, look for viewfinders with a "high eye-point".... the whole view can be seen from further back.

Therefore, I prefer to use a camera with a Liveview LCD screen, because as far as composition is concerned, what you see is what you get. And I get to use it with both eyes open!
Now I understand that many screens can get washed out in bright sunlight. As far as I can tell, this is the only disadvantage. Is there something I'm missing here?
I feel like I might be out to get hammered by some old pro's, but what the heck. Bring on the hammer!

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