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Offline chris@seary.com

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Who uses Live View?
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:48:54 PM »
I do.

I bought a Nikon D90 last month, and am absolutley enthused by Live View. It gives a huge amount of scope for different camera angles eg. looking down on the subject. Great for street photography. Marvellous for composition. If you have a mirror, then self portraits suddnely become easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I use it almost all the time now.

How about you lot? Is Live View a hit or a miss?



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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 10:52:18 PM »
I've got it on my MkIII - had the camera for about 20months - used it in anger probably twice.

If my next camera doesn't have it, then I won't be bothered!! However, that is about as likely as it not having video!

Mind you, I won't be having another body any time soon - the wife won't let me :'(, and anyway 3 is probably enough. Need more fast glass first.  :tup:
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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 10:57:44 PM »
When I first got my Olympus E510 I looked at live view and thought I'd never use it - Recently however I had do do some interiors requiring a long exposue and a tripod. Using the live view with the 2 second exposure delay made the job a whole lot easier. So yes I do use live view and probably will find even more uses for it in the future.

Another answer is anyone who has a Panasonic G1 or most compact cameras on offer today....

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 11:06:23 PM »
Ive used it on the pano bridge fz8. Not a fan.
For some strange reason I felt not in control at shutter press time ( if that makes sense)
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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 11:19:02 PM »
I used live view when i had an Olympus e-330. As with so many things olympus got there first with a proper DSLR live view the same as you get on a compact - totally useable normal AF via shutter button with flip out adjustable panel - great for odd angles. Never used it on any other DSLR as they've all been clunky and nowhere near as good.

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2009, 07:17:46 AM »
   I have it on both my bodies but have never used it. If I'm twiddleing that particular dial in the dark (Which I do occasionaly.) I have activated it accidentally.
   I can see, however, when it could be an advantage, even more so with an articulated screen.
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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 07:21:11 AM »
I use it frequently - in fact every time my camera is bolted to a tripod. Also using it more and ore for macro.

It offers the opportunity to fine tune your focusing. Like reviewing your pictures on the LCD screen but knowing your focusing is set right before your press the shutter!

It's not good for off tripod use except for macro shooting - but then i think you use a different technique for macro shooting to most other types of photography.

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 11:27:55 AM »
Never used it on my D3 as I perfer the view-finder.  ;D

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009, 11:53:41 AM »
I tried to use it on my A350, made me seasick.  ;D
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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2009, 11:58:00 AM »
I would have to carry my specs around, so no Live View for me either. Anyway like oldboy I'm a little to old for these new fangled ideas  :)

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2009, 01:15:38 PM »
I guess the question is aimed at DSLR users and not those of us with compacts, bridges and 'hybrids'  ;)  Must confess while my Panny G1 has a fully-articulated screen, as yet I have only used it for reviewing images, not taking them.

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2009, 04:11:17 PM »
But you still use live view in your viewfinder.
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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009, 05:59:11 PM »
Hewwo from Stormy Sheffy,

Never used it,never will,see it as a waste of time,viewfinder for me,
bit like the video facility,never used that either !,reviews now are talking about SOUND QUALITY !!!!!

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 06:29:13 PM »
From what i can see from the responses to this thread, it comes down to what implementation of live view your camera has and what type of photography you do.

For normal run of the mill photography then its look through the view finder.
But on a tripod, or shooting macro where the angles needed to get that shot can be somewhat yoga like then it is a great benefit for me.
On a tripod, swap to live view and manual focusing. Zoom into the point you want as the focal point and set the focus and press the shutter button on the remote release (cord or wireless).

If you taking multiple shots for a panoramic - it just doesn't get any easier.

But then, the things i enjoy photographing are not necessarily what others enjoy.
I couldn't see Jonathan using it at a wedding, but i could see Bill using it at a concert where he's struggling to get over the heads of the crowd.
Horses for courses i think is what applies here... :legit:

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Re: Who uses Live View?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2009, 08:43:08 PM »
I find the articulated swivel live veiw on my Oly's indispencible since the arthitus in my knee which only allows it to bend so far stopped me from getting low down for the kind of shots I love doing.  Some of you younger ones might change your tune as you get older and joints get stiffer. ;)

Taken with the camera hand held six inches from the ground without having to bend my knees more than a little, this shot would just not have been taken if it was not for the 260% swivel live veiw screen. :)



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