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Old Apr 18, 2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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So we all agree that the VF-2 is big, and sits very high atop the PEN. This to me is a bonus. Back in my film school days, the camera instructor always stressed shooting with both eyes open -- one to the viewfinder and one to watch outside of the frame so to speak.

I was out in the yard letting the dogs destroy the lawn and I found there was just no way of keeping the silly things framed. So, I preset the focus and waited for the pups to run into my frame. Now, if you are just relying on your view in the viewfinder, by the time you have reacted and tripped the shutter, chances are you will be getting shots of the dogs bum. But with the way the VF-2 sits up clear of the camera, I found that by keeping the out-of frame eye open, I was able to better anticipate the right moment to trip the shutter.

Still needs some work... Probably should have bumped the ISO up and shot at f11 to increase the depth of field, these pups can move
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Old Apr 18, 2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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Should have included this image as well, better capture in the focus zone. Still needs some work.
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Old Apr 18, 2011, 1:34 PM   #3
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The delay does play with your mind, even if you do have that other eye open! If you're looking to tightly frame a rapidly moving subject(s), plan to do multi image bursts and do not typically stop a lens way down in an attempt to try and separate the subject from the background as much as possible, the EVF is still multiple generations from being even an "OK" option, must less good or great. With thoroughbred season now going until mid-July, the track is one place where my Pen will not be seeing the light of day any time soon.
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This would not work for me as I am only sighted with one eye.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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Well, another benefit of shooting with the second eye open is one tends not to squint as much -- must be aware of the wrinkles for the future. And vIZnquest, please don't think I am making light of your situation for I too am functionally blind in what used to be my shooting eye.
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