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Viewing LCD in bright light

David J Taylor
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Alfred Molon wrote:
> In article <aH3ej.70530$(E-Mail Removed) >, David J
> Taylor says...
>> Perhaps you would like to say a little more about the circumstannces
>> where this has been useful, and just how "precisely" you can choose
>> the blur. Perhaps you have an example online, perhaps which would
>> have been impossible to take without this feature?

> You could be taking photos of a bicycle race. Athletes passing by you
> all the time, you would like to have some motion blur in the image, to
> reproduce speed in the image.
> With the camera in time priority mode, while the bicyclers pass by
> you, you choose the exposure time which gives you the desired amount
> of motion blur.

OK, Alfred, thanks, but I was looking for real example of how it had
actually helped you, not "could be" theoretical ones.

I still think that in those circumstances I would first take a few shots
to establish what shutter speed I wanted, and then want the best possible
view through the finder to take the photos which mattered.


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Ron Hunter wrote:
> Alfred Molon wrote:
>> In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Ron
>> Hunter says...
>>> While I freely admit that there are advantages to an EVF, such as
>>> being able to view a lot of status information, and a histogram, on
>>> the viewfinder, I still would prefer an optical viewfinder.

>> The problem is that a viewfinder on a compact credit-card sized
>> camera will be a tiny hole.
>>> Unfortunately, the vast number of P&S camera buyers seem to consider
>>> this an undesirable feature,

>> For the above mentioned reason - not enough space in a compact for a
>> decent optical viewfinder.
>>> and to put in larger LCDs, the manufacturers have eliminated the
>>> optical viewfinder on the more compact cameras.

>> That was a good decision.

That was a poor decision. Two reasons:

1. Sometimes you cannot properly see the LCD due to bright sun

2. Even with image stabilization you cannot hold a camera using
outstretched arms and attain a sharp photo when using a lower ISO (less
noise) and a slower shutter speed; especially if you want more depth of

> I strongly disagree. It might make sense from the marketing angle,
> but not for getting good pictures.
>>> Also, the trend toward 'superzooms' has rendered the idea of an
>>> optical viewfinder on these models too expensive, and they have
>>> moved almost exclusively to EVF. I have yet to see an EVF I
>>> considered acceptable.

>> Depends on your definition of acceptable. The viewfinder of the Sony
>> R1 is good, but can't be really used to judge precisely focus.

> I really have no need for judging focus, since I never do manual
> focusing, but being able to see detail, and real color, and real-time,
> an optical viewfinder can't be matched.

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