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Old Aug 8, 2003, 9:29 PM   #1
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Just spent around AUD$1000 (with extra card) on Olympus C7400UZ take it outside and can't see a dammed thing hardly either through the viewfinder or the LCD in bright sunshine. Don't Olympus know some of us do live in sunny and bright places of the world.
Also the crappiest case you have ever seen where you need a shoe horn to get the camera into - NOT IMPRESSED
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 3:16 AM   #2
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Colb,

Did you already start taking pictures? Maybe you will be impressed with what you get.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 3:33 AM   #3
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Not just Olympus...most digital camera makers do not know how to make a proper camera even though they have film camera divisions...you wouldn't believe how many times I've ranted at Olympus (and others) about having a proper SLR eyecup mount so you can clip on a generic eyecup.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 3:55 AM   #4
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Colb,

Did you already start taking pictures? Maybe you will be impressed with what you get.

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Yes I have spent time today doing just that - trouble is most of it is guess work as I said it is VERY difficult to see. In the main the pics I took I was satisfied with for a first time effort
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 5:46 AM   #5
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...can't see a dammed thing hardly either through the viewfinder or the LCD in bright sunshine. Don't Olympus know some of us do live in sunny and bright places of the world.
I don't think any of the manufacturers do, but even here in the overcast UK (currently experiencing remarkable Bondi weather), I've found the LCD monitors on all four digicams I've used to be next to useless in ordinary outdoor daylight. I used to carry a black cloth to put over my head, held on by my sunhat, but everyone laughed. This embarrassed my family, but didn't bother me. Now I carry the cardboard core of a bogroll with a cheap magnifying lens pushed into a transverse slot. This wedges or rubber-band attaches to the back of the camera, between my face and the monitor.

See http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...?p=51769#51769

You *should* have the solution in your electronic viewfinder, but looking at the reviews, it seems Olympus forgot to add the rubber eyecup. Surely you could improvise something to press against your eye?

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Also the crappiest case you have ever seen [
I don't think this is unique to Olympus. My friendly local digicam shop always gives you a suitable little padded camera bag within their already low prices.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 12:51 PM   #6
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There are two easy solutions here....

One, wear a widebrimmed hat that will your viewer in shadow.

Two, purchase a flexible eyecup (removable) that will fits tightly
over the viewer.

If you do not find one, IM me privately and I can point your
way to a source.

I bought one for a nikon 5700 I used to have and it worked
great! It went with the cam when I sold it.
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Maybe this is what you need. :P http://www.photosolve.com/main/produ...iew/index.html
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 2:50 PM   #8
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If I was that dissatisfied with a product, I am afraid that it would be returned post haste and get one that was satisfactory to me........it's your money. While I don't have to put a tarp over my head to see the lcd with my camera, it is not too easy to see at times in the sunshine either.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 3:27 PM   #9
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There are products for the main LCD like Xtend-a-View:

http://www.photosolve.com/main/produ...iew/index.html
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Old Aug 11, 2003, 1:20 AM   #10
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I snake my left hand over the top of head and cup it around the viewfinder when in bright sunlight. This works very well - takes a little practice.....
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