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To live view or not to live view.
I prefer to use the viewfinder. 56%  56%  [ 10 ]
I prefer to use live view. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
I (would) switch from vf to live view depending on the situation 44%  44%  [ 8 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:24 pm 
It seems the industry is pushing for the live view feature on DSLRs. Do we really need this? Isn't looking through the viewfinder part of the joy of using a DSLR?

I previously owned a point & shoot (Canon Ixus 75) and being able to use the viewfinder was actually one of the reasons I changed to a DSLR.

I remember when the equivalent screens were introduced on digital video cameras. The argument back then was that you could be filming something and sill enjoy looking at what was happening, without "having your eye stuck on the viewfinder". Which is a perfectly good argument for video cameras, I guess.

So, will you consider live view as a valid buying argument, or prefer continue to use the viewfinder?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:29 pm 
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I only have a viewfinder, guess what I voted for.

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Luis, nice poll! I extended it with a third option to capture all opinions. I also supressed my urge to add a fourth: "View finder? Live view? Bah, I never look at anything when taking a photo!" :wink:

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Well, for the 350/400d, Live view with a high res screen would kick ass since the viewfinder isn't that big.

I'd use LiveView without a doubt in some situations, so I voted for the 3rd option :D

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:00 pm 
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Luis, nice poll! I extended it with a third option to capture all opinions. I also supressed my urge to add a fourth: "View finder? Live view? Bah, I never look at anything when taking a photo!" :wink:


LOL I actually do this once in a while due to my agility when shooting wide and macro close to the ground :) So since you didn't add this option combined with "occasionally" VF, then I had to vote for what I think I would do if I had Live View.


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I'd like a flip out screen :D

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:41 pm 
I think the VF is a big part of having a DSLR, I mean it takes out the feel of a real camera to have live view. I would never base an upgrade on wether or not a camera has live view. even when I hada a kodak super zoom i used the digital VF.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:24 pm 
Up to this moment, it seems no one would use live view exclusively. It's a close call between die-hard viewfinder users and those who would try live view at certain circumstances.

Please cast your vote. You don't have to explain, if you don't want to. And the names of the voters won't show at the end. :)

So many forum users, so few votes...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:04 am 
I have two camera's now with LIVE VIEW, and I always use the viewfinder. However it REALLY is a nice feature to have for framing arkward shots and test shots etc!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:22 am 
The very reason I switched to an DSLR is because I wanted an optical viewfinder. No lag and it is easier to check focus.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:03 am 
Well, I don't have Live View but if I did have it I am sure I would use it in many circumstances. It would not be a reason at all for me to update or buy a new DSLR though. I would prefer to spend my money on a new lens or flash or tripod


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