A Pro's opinion of EVF vs OVF

Started May 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: A Pro's opinion of EVF vs OVF

chlamchowder wrote:

Why would a D300 comparable DX version of V1 be desirable rather than a D5100?  A D300 isn't strictly for action shooters.

Let's assume the AF is improved.  V1 already beats my D300 in light down to dusk for speed of acquisition.  Accuracy is at least as good...if not better.  Hopefully, that could improve as could ability to track moving objects.  V1 is already capable of following moving children, people jogging. etc.  Improvement may not match a D300, but would certainly beat a D5100.

IMO, the biggest standout feature of DSLRs is the ability to offer shallow DOF for excellent subject acquisition, and back that up with AF capable of keeping moving subjects in focus (so you can actually take advantage of the shallow DOF). Otherwise, if fast action isn't a priority, any mirrorless camera can do a similar job with less bulk.

DSLRs do NOT offer shallow depth of field, per se, it is the sensor size (FF) vs focal length.  DX with a 50mm f1.4 lens has deeper DOF than the same lens on FF, but that lens on a DX D300 would be the same as on a DX mirrorless camera.  DSLR advantage gone - minus D800, etc..  Again, in reality, as a non-pro photographer, I've not found, at least with MY equipment, a significant number of shots where slightly shallower DOF was a make-or-break difference in the photo.  Perhaps a casual photographer with slow kit lens shooting on DX vs the same kit lens on a D600 may see a side-by-side advantage at f5.6 between two 8x10 prints.  But, we're talking DX vs. DX here.   A 105mm (equivalent) fast portrait lens on DX works perfectly for me.  And, there are times where greater DOF is actually an advantage!

The other major feature that I think is really important is the long battery life. Even if your DSLR battery does run low, it's easy to conserve power by avoiding rear LCD screen use. A camera like the V1 would be like leaving your DSLR in live view mode (lots of unavoidable battery drain).

I've shot hundreds of photos on V1 battery (same battery as D7000).  2nd battery in my pocket - zip pop!  No significant advantage for DSLR, IMHO.  Where thousands of shots are taken rapidly today by DSLR users, or long videos, they're probably using battery grips.  (I'll add that to my wish-list! :-D)

Then add silent shutter, 10fps.  I find that immensely useful in candid photos, or group pics.  How often I find the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th group shot the perfect one.  The movie mode is quite useful as well.

Silent shutter would be great. I can't wait for them to add that to DSLRs, even if it only works in LV mode.

I wonder...why is the mechanical shutter still needed today?

It's the clacking MIRROR mechanism that makes most of the noise which is then added to the mechanical shutter noise.  Perhaps the mechanical shutter COULD be eliminated, but then you've still got a very slow focusing, quite large, "baby dirty diaper" holding camera.  Advantage?  Hmmm.

Add D300 external controls for WB; exposure comp; mode; focus point; quality; ISO etc.; and on camera flash compatible with Nikon's complete flash system which the current V1 lacks and we're talking about a camera WAY above a D5100.  And, possibly, a camera which many current dSLR users would find superior in importantan ways  (TO THEM) than even a D7100.

For some photographers, yes.

But for others, the D5100's ability to track in low light, low power consumption, and superior image quality might be desirable.

I'll give you low-light tracking....as yet unknown, unproven.  Low power consumption as well, though I feel that's inconsequential in most situations.

As for superior image quality???  With comparable sensors?  I don't THINK so!

There are numerous EVF cameras available today.  Many have rabidly devoted users.  Visit the m4/3 forum.  There are strong reasons why people like them.  I have found, I like them...with reservations.

However, were Nikon able to produce a camera such as I described, those reservations would be eliminated for me.

There are rabidly devoted users on every forum.

But for me, traditional DSLRs are still superior in so many ways that a transition now would be premature...

I understand.  To each his own.

Best regards,

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