Viewfinders: I am puzzled.

Started 2 months ago | Discussions thread
Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 6,147
Re: It's the image in the viewfinder that matters, not its physical size.

Tommi K1 wrote:

Tom Axford wrote:

Tommi K1 wrote:

The eye-level viewfinder magnification is not altered by format.

The viewfinder magnification is not altered by format.

I'm not sure why you introduce the term "eye-level"? That's irrelevant.

Because there is difference what viewfinder people are talking about. Just a side note.

It is measured by using 50mm lens focused at infinity.

Only if you are using a full frame camera. The OP is using a Micro Four Thirds camera, for which the normal focal length is 25mm, not 50mm.

Wrong. If is always measured using 50mm regardless the format.

Be it a medium, large, small or what ever format, it is always measured by using 50mm lens focused at infinity.

I have checked and I was wrong and you are correct about this.

I had assumed that the definition of viewfinder magnification was the more sensible and traditional definition obtained by using the normal focal length for the camera.

Always sticking to a 50mm lens is quite perverse and means that smaller format cameras automatically have larger viewfinder magnifications, which is not helpful.  I suppose it is in line with what is done for image magnification on the sensor, which is always absolute rather than relative to the sensor size.

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