Which viewfinder you prefer?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Herman, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    EVF? OVF maybe? No viewfinder?
  2. For me, OVF. I looked thru a Canon 6D viewfinder recently and if I could have that on all my cameras I would be in VF heaven. However, given the limitations of the tech, either will do, as long as its fairly big and bright.
  3. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Thanks Sue for the reply.
    How about the hybrid viewfinder of Fuji X Pro ?
    I too like big and bright viewfinders.
  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    I quite like the choice of either at the flick of a switch. As each has its merits in different situations. Go Fuji! Giving me OVF, EVF, LCD or nothing at all.
  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I don't wish for even the best DSLR pentaprism viewfinders anymore: too dark, not enough information. I'm an EVF convert and never thought I would be.

    In decent light I still like a DSLR OVF okay, but in a very dark situation, I still have enough light to see something in an EVF when I'd be struggling to frame it with a reflex OVF.

    I really like the Fuji hybrid ones the best though -- but I don't own one. It's based on just trying some other folks cameras.
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I prefer an OVF but the latest crop of EVFs are pretty darn good. I'm selling my GH2 and X100 so just EVF/LCD from now on.
  7. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Has the Fuji X20 a hybrid viewfinder aboard?
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    The X20 is a little bit different Herman. It is an optical viewfinder with some of your shooting parameters and information projected into it.
  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    The one in my OM-1n
  10. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    I can't decide. They're all good, and all have their weakness.

    I love the OVF on my 6D. Big and bright, and there's something natural about looking through glass, instead of an up-close image. But getting exposure right can be tricky.

    I loved the EVF on my OMD for seeing the exposure and other impacts of my settings, but the contrast and colors were never quite right.

    I also like just using an LCD sometimes, too. It's less intimidating for the subject.

    Sometimes (with a wide angle lens) I just shoot blind.

    I didn't like the parallax on the XPro 1, though. That threw me off, since the framing lines wouldn't show up until after focus lock.
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I prefer giant waist level finders, but none of cameras have them. (no jokes about my giant waist, please)
  12. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I would only be mocking myself if I did so, lol.
  13. Covey22

    Covey22 SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    EVFs are getting better. Still not the best for tracking shots/fast action because of the refresh rate, but the advantages of live-view (exposure, white balance, etc) are compelling. Given my druthers, I'll take a VF or and EVF over none. That being said, when you don't want to be noticed, nothing beats playing "Lost Tourista" :smile: with a rear LCD only camera. You can usually get the shot you want with no one giving you a second glance.
  14. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Agreeing here, I like options. Through the lens over electronic, but also like the ability to compose on the lcd as well as a backup.
  15. Biro

    Biro SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I have no problems working with either an OVF or EVF, just as long as there is a viewfinder (at least in most cases). But if you push me into a corner and force me to choose, I'd go with the EVF. They've simply become too good and too useful to pass up.
  16. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    I am also an EVF convert. The V1 I find top notch. I am very happy with it.. Sorry. Them. I now have @ V1's
    One for the 10mm & one for the 18.5. Given the chance one for the 32 :eek:
  17. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    rear screen most of the time - I know a viewfinder sort of immerses you into the image you're about to make, but in doing so it creates a barrier between you and everything that's outside of the shot, and when it comes to people shots, it turns you into a talking camera. So, (rotating) rear screen in 90% of the cases. When you want to avoid the glare of the camera's screen attracting attention or disturbing others, having an OVF or EVF does come in nice though. Also, in a very small percentage of cases, shooting "blind".
  18. Absolutely love it. I have no issues with the parallax view, and the flick of a switch, as Mark puts it, is incredibly useful. That said, on my X100, I nearly always use the OVF, only macro mode forces a change to EVF for obvious reasons... if you're that close to something and using the viewfinder, you wont be able to frame properly with the OVF.
  19. I don't recall, when I looked thru the 6D OVF... what info is displayed in there?
  20. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    Definitely the OVF. 'Just like the way I "see" what I'm shooting.
    . . . David