format lines - a feature I would pay for...

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cheapguy Junior Member • Posts: 43
format lines - a feature I would pay for...

I would love to have format lines in the viewfinder.  By this I mean that I would like to see 4x5 or 4x6 formats, etc. to help my composition.  If it could be programmable to any format or aspect ratio it would be ideal.  I used to mark off the format lines on a clear piece of plastic and drop it onto the waistlevel viewfinder on Hasselblads and this always made composition easier and I was able to confidently fill the frame.

What do you think?

Can anyone make Nikon add this feature on their cameras?

Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 12,918
Re: format lines - a feature I would pay for...

cheapguy wrote:

I would love to have format lines in the viewfinder. By this I mean that I would like to see 4x5 or 4x6 formats, etc. to help my composition. If it could be programmable to any format or aspect ratio it would be ideal. I used to mark off the format lines on a clear piece of plastic and drop it onto the waistlevel viewfinder on Hasselblads and this always made composition easier and I was able to confidently fill the frame.

What do you think?

Can anyone make Nikon add this feature on their cameras?

Don't worry. When Nikon eventually go mirrorless then you'll get your WYSIWYG view, showing the format as it will be captured.

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Pontoneer Senior Member • Posts: 2,407
Re: format lines - a feature I would pay for...

Just buy a new focussing screen , from makers like Katz Eye or similar , and replace the one in your camera .

I know the screens in Pentax DSLRs can be changed ( in fact Pentax offer a choice of screens with different markings ) , so I imagine Nikon probably can too .

Edit - here's the link

http://katzeyeoptics.com

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Glen Barrington
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With a little practice, you won't need them. . .

Eventually, you will be able to 'see' them without any artificial assistance.  I wouldn't pay anything extra for something like that

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rurikw Senior Member • Posts: 1,663
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Some cameras not only show the format but do the cropping as well. 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, not sure about 5:4.

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joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: format lines - a feature I would pay for...

rurikw wrote:

Some cameras not only show the format but do the cropping as well. 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, not sure about 5:4.

Nikon's DSLRs will darken the edges of the viewfinder to show the various crop modes, including 5:4. As far as I know though, the 5:4 crop mode is only available on the D3, D3S, D3X, D4, and D800. Any Nikon full frame DSLR (including D700, D600, and D610) can shoot in 1.5X crop mode. The D800 and D4 add a 1.2X crop mode while the new D7100 has a 1.3X crop mode.

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OP cheapguy Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: format lines - a feature I would pay for...

Thanks all for your responses.

Happy holidays.

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