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Optical viewfinder vs. LCD

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by danhngo9594, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. danhngo9594

    danhngo9594 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Minnesota, USA
    For UW photography, what would you recommend, using the optical viewfinder that comes with the housing or using LCD screen?
  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    If it's a DSLR, then use the optical. If it's not, use a display.
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  3. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sydney Australia
    Depends on a lot of factors - DSLR I wouldn't use live view as the AF is not as good. Mirrorless, I use the optical viewfinder as well, cuts out stray light and easier to see if the image is looking sharp - my closeup eyesight is not the best and the optical viewfinder requires infinity focus so image is much sharper.
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  4. danhngo9594

    danhngo9594 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Minnesota, USA
    Would you guys choose the upgrade for viewfinder magnifier? It is a bit over budget for me
  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    I bought one....45 deg, esp for macro. Love it.
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  6. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives:
    Location: Los Angeles (more or less)
    Absolutely, the 45 finder (it takes a bit to learn to love it) will make life way more better especially for macro.
  7. WS007

    WS007 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Empersdorf (Austria)
    As mentioned previously: Optical if DSLR, backscreen for mirrorless...

    But even for mirorless a 45° optical viewfinder is very useful for macro, but I do not see how a 180° viewfinder is useful for mirrorless...

  8. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
  9. dhaas

    dhaas Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Stow OH
    I think many SLR shooters (including mirrorless) don't even experiment with their LCD screen for shooting. Many mirrorless and SLR newer models focus as fast and consume LESS battery than the viewfinder.

    The last SLR I owned (a lowly Canon SL1) didn't have anywhere near current LCD fast focussing and was still pretty darn good. I used the LCD many times I couldn't frame with the viewfinder. I could get right on the sand and frame or hold the camera at arm's length and frame under ledges, etc.

    Another advantage is the LCD shows 100% of what's captured by the sensor.

    My point is don't discount LIVE View LCD framing until you try it! Read up on AF (autofocus) setting choices in your camera's manual and experiment. Most (all?) people own a smart phone they frame with a LCD screen so this technique isn't hard to copy.

    Using the LCD meant I never considered buying an add on 45 degree viewfinder. The LCD was usually brighter and more compact to dive with. Any add on viewfinder always made me nervous as a huge possible leak hole if smacked underwater :(

    Just one old guy's opinion :)

    David Haas
    Haas Photography Inc.

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