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Old Feb 8, 2010, 7:04 AM   #11
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In terms of using a mirrorless or standard mirrored slr, do we see or anticipate any differences in setting up the shot? Coming from a digicam with a depth of field from 5cm to infinity, autofocus is not too much of a challenge. If I put other comments together correctly, getting the correct focus can be a little bit of a challenge with a slr. Does the VF have any advantages over live view, for setting up the shot?
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 8:17 AM   #12
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The optical viewfinder gives better AF performance than 'Live View'. And remember that EVIL and m4/3 cameras don't have an optical viewfinder. If you want to shoot sports/action/wildlife, a dSLR is a better choice.
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 10:03 AM   #13
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Just read about new T2i.
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Me too (550D over here in Scotland though)..... very interesting!
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Does the VF have any advantages over live view, for setting up the shot?
With most dSLR models, yes (you'll see a big difference in AF times, with Live View being much slower due to the need to flip the mirror back and forth to use a dedicated AF sensor with phase detection AF, or relying on slower contrast detect AF using the main imaging sensor).

The Sony models with live view are the exception. Models like the Sony A330, A380, A500 and A550 have very fast Autofocus using Live View. That's because they can still use their 9 point dedicated Autofocus Sensor Assembly with Phase Detection Autofocus while in Live View mode, thanks to a separate Live View sensor in the Optical Viewfinder housing (that sees the same image normally projected to the Optical Viewfinder when you're in Live View mode). As a result of their unique design, you have *much* faster AF performance using Live View with Sony dSLR models as compared to other dSLR models.
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