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Old Aug 24, 2009, 6:25 PM   #1
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Default Can someone explain viewfinders to me?

Can someone tell me the different types of viewfinders out there, and what they all me? I keep seeing short abbreviations for different types of viewfinders, but have no idea what they mean.

Ex. evf viewfinder.
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Old Aug 24, 2009, 6:31 PM   #2
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Try this link on viewfinders.

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Old Aug 24, 2009, 9:26 PM   #3
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Good link, Dennis..

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I would have to take issue with the article regarding EVF. It seems to lump the LCD on the camera in with the EVF, and this is not the usual case. EVF is used with one eye to the VF, in the same way as the OVF on a SLR, and often has diopter correction as well as consuming less power than the LCD. My Minolta D7hi has both an LCD and EVF, as do many of the SLR styled superzoom cameras. EVFs also often have the ability to auto brighten in low light conditions, giving a clearer, brighter view than optical VFs.

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The little article on viewfinders fails to indicate what I think are the main virtues of an EVF. First, at least with superzoom-style cameras, they show you the kind of exposure you are going to get (except under some flash conditions). It is really, really easy to take good fully manual photos just by adjusting the speed and aperture while watching the EVF image. Second, to supplement that capability, the EVF may show clipping of highlights and shadows by overlaying a color for each. If memory serves, my viewfinder shows red where highlights are clipped and blue where shadows bottom out. Again, this is very convenient for getting the right exposure. You don't absolutely have to have this functionality, of course, but it is a very user-friendly way of getting proper exposure. While I leave my camera on program mode in case I see a shoot-from-the-hip kind of image, I always shoot planned shots in manual exposure because it is so easy and provides such complete control.
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