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Optical viewfinder for the Canon G1x

Discussion in 'Canon G1X / G7X Forum' started by sjohnsonjd, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. sjohnsonjd

    sjohnsonjd New to SC

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Hey you camera buffs, does the Canon G1x come with an attachment for either an electronic or an optical viewfinder? I would love to explore taking shots without the screen.
     
  2. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Welcome to SC. I don't have once but from the dpreview photo, Canon G1X comes with an viewfinder:

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  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    It should be said, however, that the G1X viewfinder is TINY, and a TUNNEL (ie just a couple of bits of glass so you can sorta frame up properly) and a nightmare to look through. Opinion only, of course.
     
  4. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    The unfashionable viewfinder is like those on many cameras 40 years ago but is zoomable and has a diopter adjustment.
    It works perfectlywhen you need it;just allow for parallax errors.
     
  5. teacat

    teacat SC Regular

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    Jul 27, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maggie
    And allow for the fact you can see the lens through it ... I got used to it pretty quickly LOL
     
  6. sjohnsonjd

    sjohnsonjd New to SC

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    Aug 14, 2013
    I was wondering if an attachment could be mounted into the hot shoe with the canon to provide either an optical or electronic viewfinder. I will have to look around the Internet a little more and see what is out there. The viewfinder on the camera is almost useless.
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    judging from the photo above, there is no jack for communicating to an add-on EVF and there exists no such thing as an add-on optical viewfinder that is zoomable. You're stuck with the one they give you.
     
  8. sjohnsonjd

    sjohnsonjd New to SC

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    Aug 14, 2013
    I may have to rethink buying a Canon G1X if it is that inflexible. Perhaps an Olympus?
     
  9. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    I wouldn't call my G1X inflexible ! True , I've never taken macro shots with it but I have used it for action.
    Here the bird was followed in the viewfinder off Santa Monica Pier and just snapped ...easy. You don't need a fancy EVF to pan with the action

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    I think that the G1X is a rather special camera that won't be replaced.
    I shall never sell it.
     
  10. teacat

    teacat SC Regular

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    Jul 27, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maggie
    Me neither, Nippa - I'm really loving what it can do!
     
  11. Krugman

    Krugman New to SC

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    Mar 13, 2013
    there is a fine optical viewfinder that can be attached to the G1X

    Hi,
    The Ricoh GV-2 is a superb 28 mm OVF that fits into the hot shoe but does not zoom. I have one and like it a lot. It is very small, very bright, and very sharp. Amin Sabet, who hosts Serious Compacts, has recommended it for the G1X, and Ray Sachs on Serious Compacts has shown an elegant way to use part of a robber band to keep an OVF from falling out.
    Since it does not zoom, you must use the LCD or the built-in viewfinder to zoom
    Image quality of the G1X is superb and in my opinion is noticeably better than M4/3 or the Sony X100 or x100 II. There are always trade-offs, depending on what is important to you.
    Good luck with your decision,
    Krugman