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Old Aug 20, 2003, 9:01 AM   #1
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I everybody...sorry noone has answered to my previous post, here I am again with a question for c750 users.
I've read about difficulty in seeing in low light conditions through C750's EVF: what's your opinion about this?
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Old Aug 20, 2003, 11:35 AM   #2
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EVF in Lo (or even No) light is fine with me using C-2100. Just enable Spot mode & use the IR to attain focus & observe subject in the EVF. (This is one of the nice things about EVF is that IR illuminated is observable.) After all, if there is no light then what is there to see & focus on (ie, you must supply the light)?
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Old Aug 20, 2003, 9:34 PM   #3
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Does the C750 have a brightness control for the EVF? Since the C-2100 does, it's no problem either in bright sunlight or in total darkness. Some minimal shielding by the viewfinder is helpful in bright sunlight.
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Old Aug 21, 2003, 2:25 AM   #4
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1st answer: yes, I read in the manual C-750's EVF does have a brightness adjustment.
2nd asnwer: what I'm tryin' to discover is if I can shoot pictures of buildings or panoramas in low light (night scenes, after all), or cars moving in the night maked clear only by their light: am I able to compose a shot in these situations? Is the EVF able to capture and show images of objetcs in such conditions?
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Old Aug 21, 2003, 7:58 AM   #5
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I don't own a 750, but will do my best to answer your question. Please note that these observations are from my personal experiences:
One of the main problems with low-light photography using an EVF is being able to focus on your subject. If there's enough light to perform a focus lock, yes you can. If not, you can take the picture, but focus will be your greatest challenge. The focus assist light on the C-2100 helps quite a bit, enabling you to take pictures in even in total darkness at up to about 10-12 feet. A FL-40 flash, which has an additional focus assist lamp, will extend this range to 30-70 feet, depending on how well your subject reflects light.

I understand that the 750 does not have a focus assist lamp, and also that your desire is not to use flash, but the point here is that if you are able to set focus, you can take a good picture. Artificially lighting the subject with another lighting source to lock focus may help, but keep in mind that in Program Mode you are locking exposure settings as well! You might want to try manual focus if you use this method-- I don't have a lot of experience with this, so perhaps others can provide more helpful info on this subject.
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Old Aug 21, 2003, 9:51 AM   #6
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Below are my settings for the C-2100uz which I have evolved over time. These should get you pretty close to where you want to be.

Heavy Clouds
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Set to :
WB=Overcast (Cloudy)
EV=+0.7 (or +0.3 or 0 )
(Note: Highlights tend to wash out at higher EV so try to throttle EV)

Bright Sun (w/Glare Condition)
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Set to :
WB=Auto
EV=+0.3 (or 0.0)

Bright Sun (w/Shadows)
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Set to :
WB=Auto
EV=+0.7 (or +1.0)


Indoor w/Poor Lighting (Predominantly Over Head Flourecent)
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Settings
Stablization=On
WB=Auto (or ISO 200 )
EV=>1.0 (or 1.3)
Shutter => 1/13 (or not less than 1/10)


Night Clubs (w/Stage lighting Only; No Flash)
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- If possible try spot focus
- Minimize Zoom (ie, Sit as close as possible to stage) *
- Settings:
Stabilization=On
Shutter Priority: >= 1/15" (Try 1/20")
(Note: 1/13" a little too slow for musicians in motion; playing hands will blur)
WB=Auto
EV= 2.0 (max)
ISO=100 (never >200 or spotlight will cause wash outs of faces, etc.)
Resolution: [email protected] Fine or HQ

Note: Lighting on Performer then ISO=100; WB=Auto;S=1/10;EV=2.0 (max)


Night Scenes (w/glowing objects; No Flash)
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- Stabilization = On
- S-Prog
- Sport Mode if object has motion (eg, a lighted fountain)
- Portrait or Landscape (if landscape then use SHQ)
- WB = Auto
- ISO = Auto
- EV = 0.0 - +0.3 (no greater than +0.7)
(Note: bright scenes easily wash out at EV >+0.30
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