Not A Fan of Viewfinders. Am I crazy?

Started Jan 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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So many reasons for viewfinders

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.
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.
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. 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.
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!

With a viewfinder (preferably a large OVF, but an EVF is much better than none at all) it is much easier to hold a tele and follow action, especially when the action is hard to predict.

If your subject moves into back light it is much easier to see properly, especially with an OVF.

As you said, and LCD is harder to view in bright sunlight, especially against the light. Often interesting images are made in contrasty light.

When you use the LCD small objects, that can make or break the shot are hard to spot, like the walking man here.

When you are doing a reportage you are more involved - you see an almost live size view instead of a few square inches, which makes it easier to shot at the exactly right moment. With very short blackout you are immidiatly ready to catch the next moment.

...and a lot more, which makes a camera without a viewfinder - in my opinion - severly crippled.

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