Mirrorless DSLR..sorry but they are pretty crap

Started Oct 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
windsprite Senior Member • Posts: 2,554
Re: Don't know about "crap", but...

marike6 wrote:

Don't know that EVFs are crap, but they aren't equal to good 100% Pentaprism OVF like the one on the D700 or D800 for all of the reasons you mentioned.

I love my D700 ... it is many times over the best camera I have ever used ... but one of the things I dislike about it is that the OVF is NOT 100%.

I'm happy that they fixed that with the D800, though, and I'm looking forward to eventually upgrading to that body.  I understand full well that certain benefits come with an EVF (I have a couple of Panasonic mirrorless bodies, and I had an Olympus bridge camera before I got into DSLRs), but I simply find the experience of using a nice, big OVF more enjoyable.  Even one that is not 100%.


Also in low-light, EVFs when they gain up get quite grainy which makes low-light

The EVF on my Fujifilm X-E1 is useable, better than no VF, but I don't frequently shoot fast action where VF blackout can be a huge problem. The OVF on my D800 is just a pleasure to shoot with, like Mozart compared to Britney Spears.

Where we differ is I don't consider my D800 particularly heavy, something that I feel like I'm "lugging" it around. But I don't use standard 24-70 f/2.8 zooms, which are the true source a lot of extra, often unnecessary extra weight. A FF DSLR with a high grade f/2.8 zoom can get heavy, for sure. But they also can cover about 80-90% of all general shooting, so it's not really such a big deal.

But if you have time to work, you could cover the 24-70 f/2.8 standard zoom focal lengths with lightweight primes. I use the 28-50-85 f/1.8G and a 70-200 f4 VR, and I'm loving life. Excellent optics, totally manageable kit. YMMV.

All the best, Markus

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