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Old Jul 29, 2004, 10:25 PM   #1
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Is there any SLR that we can use the LCD as a viewfinder.

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Old Jul 29, 2004, 10:28 PM   #2
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What??? Why???
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Old Jul 30, 2004, 6:31 AM   #3
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No.

The swinging mirror is physically in the way, and thus, you can't use the LCD as a viewfinder, only as a photo viewer once the shot is taken.
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Old Jul 30, 2004, 8:31 AM   #4
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The Olympus E-10 and E-20 used a semi transparent mirror to allow this viewing However these cameras are more correctly labeled ZLRs or "Zoom Lens Reflex" since they do not have interchangeable lenses.

So the answer too your question is still no. Too bad Canon does not revive the pellicle mirror system they used in their old high speed cameras, that would allow the LCD to function and protect the sensor from dust at the same time.

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They would also have to change the sensor design. The sensors are not designed to take images very quickly for viewing on the LCD. I bet it would heat the sensor and decrease picture quality (increase noise.)

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Good point eric.

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Old Jul 30, 2004, 1:54 PM   #7
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Actually, based on the advise of a "Pro Shooter", you may want to avoid cameras that use any kind of TTL (through the lens) system anyway. LCD Displays, Optical TTL Viewfinders in DSLR models, and EVF (Electronic Viewfinders) are all TTL.

Instead, you may want to go with a model with a Zoom Coupled, Separate Optical Viewfinder, that is not TTL.

You'll find a thread in the Tips and Tricks forum, started by a "Pro Shooter" a while back. His advise is so popular, that it's near the top of the thread (even though it's a very old post from last year). He gave a link to his web site in the post. Make sure to see all 8 Lessons on the site's main page.

Make sure to see his "Weapons" page for advise on equipment, and check out his "Award Winning Photos" under the "Touch of Class" menu. BTW, he's got a bug for the links to "Home" from the other pages (that takes you to a page that omits the last couple of "lessons). So, you'll need to go back to the original site address to view these important lessons again.

Lesson 7 discusses why you don't want a camera with a TTL viewfinder.

Here is the advise from a "Pro Shooter", for those of you that have not seen it yet.Note, do not take this post, or this site seriously, it is only meant to be funny:

http://www.proshooter.homestead.com/


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JimC, you crack me up, where do you find this stuff.

And speaking of award winning pictures I once heard a story about a parrot, a Norwegian blue I believe..........
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I would love to take wildlife photos like he can.

Got a good chuckle out of it...thanks for the post. :-)
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