Not A Fan of Viewfinders. Am I crazy?

Started Jan 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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So many viewfinders; all have their merits.

coudet wrote:

GodSpeaks wrote:

PerL wrote:

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

Absolutely agree. Any camera without a builtin viewfinder is severely crippled.

..and not worth buying.

Errr... "Any" camera? That's a bit of a sweeping statement, isn't it?

There are many cameras of older form still sold that work exclusively with a rear screen for a viewfinder, and I'm sure their buyers think they purchased worthwhile photographic instruments.

I'm thinking of large format cameras (sheet film, say, 10x8" and 5x4" ) with a ground glass for composing on. With this type of camera the image is large but also upside-down and very dim...

... and visible in bright light only by enveloping the back of the camera, and the photographer's head, in black cloth.

By comparison, the LCD on the back of a digital camera is a paragon of easy usefulness.

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