Sigma dp3m short impressions

Started Mar 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
HBowman Senior Member • Posts: 1,237
Re: Composing at arm length

mroy wrote:

Richard Franiec wrote:


For people with less than perfect eyesight, composing and shooting at arm length is sometimes frustrating if not next to impossible. No matter how good and bright the LCD screen is, except for using camera on tripod in Live View mode and image review, there is no advantage of LCD screen over good viewfinder. No amount of adapting on user part will change that IMHO.

Why keep people saying that using an LCD screen requires holding the camera at arm lenght?

That's nonsense.

And one of the greatest advantages of an LCD over a viewfinder is the freedom it allows when composing an image: the freedom of not having your eye glued to the viewfinder can be very liberating.

Exactly. The new generation of photographers (13-16 years old), who use a lot smart-phones, know perfectly how to frame with the phone's screen. The future of reportage is also in this way since Reuters and big info agencys rely more and more (and bet on the future) of "smart-phone" reportage. Dpreview have done some articles about that some months ago.

Of course, professionals will always have tools equipped with VF but, in the mass of the camera sold today, VF camera are almost a "niche".

My students use a lot of gear with me, big FF dslr to DP, passing by 135 and 120 film cameras (reflex and telemeter). They enjoy a lot the film cameras because of the "surprise" of the film and also a lot the DP because it is tiny and almost as functional as a smart-phone, at the end.

VF users are a niche, split between the pros who really need it, the advanced amateurs who think they really need it and the old school photographers who were educated with 135 film cameras.

The future "google glass" might be the real game changer in photo world, even reportage.

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