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06-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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LCD Screen and Sunglasses

Hi....I have a question about the K01. I love cameras with viewfinders, but I also have extremely sensitive eyes to the sun and more often than not wear sunglasses outside in all but the darkest conditions. So I have been thinking about the K01. My question is.....does the screen become dark when looking at it through sunglasses. I know some other cameras that this happens on and it makes the screen almost unusable. Unfortunately, I live at least an hour and a half from a camera store that might carry Pentax, so I don't have the opportunity to hold one at the moment.


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Do you wear polarized sunglasses?
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I think you'll have enough trouble using the LCD screen in bright light without the sunglasses. I have similar issues with my eyes, sunlight is a migraine trigger for me, and I frequently shoot my K-r with dark sunglasses without any trouble, but that's using the optical viewfinder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam G Quote
Do you wear polarized sunglasses?
Polarized sunglasses and LCD screens do not go together at all...

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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
Polarized sunglasses and LCD screens do not go together at all...

^This. I can use my K-01 outdoors in almost any light wearing a wide-brimmed hat, but I wear prescription polarized sunglasses. They make the LCD virtually unusable - reminds me of the purple shimmering patterns of the coating on a Takumar lens when viewed from an oblique angle.

My personal solution is to either wear the hat and no sunglasses or wear cheap clip-on green sunglasses with my indoor glasses, which works for me when the LCD is set to its brightest setting.
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With my sunglasses the screen goes completely dark when I turn it 90 degrees for a "portrait"-format shot. I haven't had any problem with "landscape" view though.
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Thanks all. I kind of figured that. I guess I need to get myself down to NYC so that I can play with everything in one of the adult toy stores (aka B&H or Adorama).

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Polarized sunglasses will even cause strange artifacts in the viewfinder.
When working in the sun I'll make sure Iwear my non-polarized pair. I'll also use the Hoodman Loupe.
(yeah crazy expensive for a rubber box), but is worth the price when you need to see what you've shot in bright sunlight and are not wearing a dark hoody - in the bright sunlight. :-)
Yeah, lots of cheaper solutions, but for me this has just worked better than other methods I've tried.


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