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My first post and one of which starts with a question. I photograph my own Bonsai trees. Not tiny trees either, they are quite large ...some anyway. During the year they go through many phases and for 20 years + I have maintained a photographic record, in latter years with the compact below..
I was all set to upgrade to a Nikon D5000 or a Sony a350 DSLR after being disappointed with the feel of the NEX3. I am no professional for certain. I've included one at the end taken with my Sony compact.
Where I am struggling, is I now find that live view on a DSLR is battery hungry and quite different to the way four thirds and compacts work. I wear varifocal specs and so a view finder horrifies me. (I tried looking through one earlier today).
I very much like and prefer the feel of a DSLR ( I used to use a Canon AE1 eons ago). Those days I did not need glasses. Oh the pleasure of getting older, GOD it is so downhill.
Is there such a camera in the four thirds range that is a big step up from a compact (more features etc) with an image quality as good as a DSLR? I say this because I can still continue to use what is now known as traditional live view.
My final gripe against my current Sony compact is the lens, it is the wider angle that gives problems, I really need to play with distance and zoom to get the tree in the frame perfectly; then EV settings etc are pretty meaningless.
I'm right now utterly fed up with cameras because I do not seem to be able to find one that will work for me.
I should add. I don't print, it is for viewing on my computer screen and on my blog. Also I use flickr and PB to include on Bonsai discussion forums.
I'm now lost and cannot see the wood for the trees. HELP!
This was an outside shot, black cloth background, dull day, EV @ -1.3, WB on auto, 100 iso. Two lights used for additional effect to show early autumn needle colour changing.
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Wouldn't a DSLR in liveview with 1 or 2 spare batteries mostly do the job.
D5000 does exactly what you want, as far as I can tell.
That is a point I suppose. May I ask a really stupid question? When in live view, and the mirror being shifted out of the way; how does this affect the overall quality of the camera in terms of longevity, I mean it just does not seem natural.
Is it a clunky kind of noise when it does this and can you be assured the mirror drops back to the sweet spot?
The same happens during a normal shutter actuation anyway...
I also wear varifocals and I use a DSLR. I find that theywork well if you use the viewfinder when you're taking pictures at a distance, but not for close-up and macro.
As most of my pics are close-up or macro, I ofen resort to live-view to make get things in focus. I get the composition right, and the best focus I can through the viewfinder, and then turn on the live view to fine-tune the focus. This gives me the benefits of both worlds, and places less drain on the battery, although battery life is stil much reduced, it's not as bad as using live-view all the time.
Give the DSLR a good go. You'll find it's worth the effort.
Playing with the viewfinder dioptre adjustment might help too
Also try the new Canon EOS D60. Its LCD screen flips out and can be angled to suit.
I think you mean the 60D - the D60 is far from new
Unlike Alan, I have no problem at all with vari-focal specs, even for close-up and macro.
Also, as your specs are already correcting your eyesight, no major adjustment of the viewfinder dioptre wheel should be required.
I guess I am the opposite to you. With 50+ years of experience looking through the viewfinders of SLR cameras, I absolutely detest using the rear LCD as a "viewfinder" and simply never use "live view". It's horses for courses I guess.
The purpose of my post is not to change your own personal preference but, rather, to assure you that there is absolutely no incompatibility between vari-focal spectacles and a normal eye-level viewfinder. Do be sure, however, that you are looking through the "distance" area of the spectacle lens. In my case, the natural position is to look through the lens just above centre. The easy test is that the exposure data in the viewfinder should appear sharp and clear.
Just want to thank everyone for taking the time to respond.
Can I just ask one more really dumb thing? If I use the facility on a DSLR viewfinder for my eyesight deficiency, and use manual focus, will this mean that everyone viewing my pictures will see a blurred image? I know I being really dense on this but I just quite get my head round it.
No, it corrects the viewfinder image so that when it is sharply focussed you can see it sharply - it's the equivalent of having a monacle between your eye and the viewfinder. The only time it would be an issue is if someone with different eyesight tried to use your camera - they'd never see a sharp image in the viewfinder.
The viewfinder is a ground-glass screen onto which the image is projected - that is what you are focussing your eye (via the dioptre adjustment if needed) on, not the subject itself.
Bless you Chris. Thank you.
What Chris just said is a frequently misunderstood point. As he says, the camera lens focusses the image on to a ground glass screen which is, in reality, then a two-dimensional object with no focus differences. I mentioned in an earlier post that if you see the exposure and other data in the viewfinder in sharp focus, then all is well. In that case, you can focus manually using the viewfinder without worrying that your eyesight correction is in any way affecting the process.
On that basis, if I get a clear image through the viewfinder on a manual focus wearing my specs say, and I take the shot, upload it here, someone who does not wear specs would see it crystal clear?
I'm almost there.
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