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Old Apr 6, 2004, 9:59 PM   #1
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Just used an A2 for exterior shots. While the camera feels good and works well, the viewfinder was (for me) impossible to use...while the high resolution is welcome, on high contrast subjects it exhibited extreme flare and blooming. Enough to distract from focussing and composing.

This was the second A2 tried with similar results, and the diopter setting was adjusted correctly. Flare was also evident on interior shots, though not as big a problem.

Both the A1 and the new Canon Pro1 were more usable.

This seems little discussed in the latest A2 reviews which are very positive. Is this just an accepted limitation of electronic viewfinders?

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Old Apr 6, 2004, 10:41 PM   #2
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What you have experienced with the A2 is pretty normal; even on the A1, but it is not because of high contrast scenes, but rather high brightness scenes [or portions there of] that over drive the EVF ( and LCD too). While it is disconcerting, the images captrued by the CCD and stored on flash under these conditions are just fine. It is an issue, of course, if you are trying to set manual focus by eye-balling scene via the EVF.
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Old Apr 7, 2004, 3:50 AM   #3
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Did you try adjusting the brightness of the EVF. There are separate adjustments for the EVF and LCD.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 8:52 PM   #4
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you all have to realize that this is still not an slr in reality. the eyepiece monitor is an excellent reference device for composition but it has its limits. this is why the Dslr is still the choice for critical apps. you have to trust the little red rectangle and tone still on this one.
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 3:18 AM   #5
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As chance would have it at first I used my new A2 indoors or in relatively low-light outdoor situations ~ & was VERY pleased with it. Then the first time in bright outdoors useage I had moments of almost regretting the purchase (because of the flarey glary EVF screen) & went back to my trusty 'old' G2 while I tried to work out if there was something wrong with the A2, or some adjustment I could make.

However, I soon found that darkening the EVF display wasnt really much of a fix ~ what really needs adjustment here I think is ME! The camera performs SO well in other respects, & I dont want to get into the digital equivalent of the whole 'bag of lenses' thing that I left behind with SLR film cameras . .. . so I'm just going to have to get used to seeing the EVF as a pointing device with heads-up data overlay . . . just a psychological thing I guess, because obviously it doesnt REALLY matter how the 'view' display looks if the final image is high quality, which it seems to usually be . . .

In bright-light situations I find it helps to cross my spare hand as a shade over the eyepeice, then the EVF can be used with a bit less brightness, which helps just a bit . . .. . but I am quite surprised now that this aspect of EVF's doesnt receive MUCH more profile in the revue sites, there must be a WHOLE lot of surprised, disapointed, disgruntled buyers trying to get their heads around this problem of adaption . ..

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Old Apr 17, 2004, 4:10 PM   #6
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mmmmm.... could open up a whole new market. Lens hoods ... EVF hoods?
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 6:11 PM   #7
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.. .am surprised they haint already available, usedter be stock on binicular & rifle-scope eyepeices etc for this very same (kinda) reason!

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Old Apr 17, 2004, 6:46 PM   #8
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try:
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 7:33 PM   #9
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Good idea, ta, will givim a try.

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Old Apr 19, 2004, 12:46 PM   #10
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What are the definitions of flare and blooming? I've noticed on my Z1 (and other people have seen similar things) I get vertical white streaks when it's bright out, especially at ISO 400. Is this flare or blooming?
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