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02-25-2014, 08:57 PM   #16
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I really miss the articulated screen when I tried out a Panasonic GH2 a couple years ago. Fast forward a couple years and now I really need one. I love to shoot flowers, greenery, and the forest floor from just about ground level, but now because of a physical limitation, I can't get on or near the ground. I've looked at the option of a field monitor which I might get in the future, but is so bulky compared to an integrated screen.

And no - I am not going to spend $1300+ on a new camera so I can view it on a wireless remote screen when I am 100% happy with my current camera.

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I would like one. Last time, I swore my next camera would have one - I'm not sure if that was right before or after getting the K-5D, which is probably as far as I'm going with Pentax. I've had a few Canon P&S's all with rotating screens and never had an issue. They can't be beat for over-the crowd or ankle-level shots. Not every shot should be from a 5-ft high viewpoint.

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A tilt screen is something I didn't think was that big a deal except when I was scrunched down trying to look though the viewfinder when taking a low macro shot. I bought a Sony Nex 6 a few months ago and love it. I would put it on my list of features I'm looking for on my next camera.
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I'm old and very out of shape and I have, over the years taken a lot of "faith" pictures. I call them faith pictures because they are pictures taken while holding the camera at ground level, while shooting up or at something that I'm trying to get an interesting angle on. But I can only have faith that I will get in the shot of what I envision because I can't get down at ground level to look through the viewfinder (my camera is old like me and doesn't have a live view, at least I've never seen how to do it in the manual). Well I could get down on the ground but it might require paramedics or a crane to get me back up and that certainly would not be a pretty picture...

Anyway I had said that my next camera would have the articulating screen. I've been waiting and watching and hoping for at least a couple of years now that Pentax would add the feature to one of their entry level cameras. (I think a lions share of my posts around here have been something about the articulating screen on a Pentax camera)

I had all but given up, and was going to go ahead and upgrade from my *istD to a K50, and give up on waiting... then I saw the new 645 had a tilt screen. While not fully articulating, it was a tease for possible things to come on the next generation of the entry level Pentax camera.

So now... I'm waiting again.

Don't toy with me Pentax. Take the next step and put the articulating screen on the K60 (or whatever is set to be next entry level camera in line hopefully this fall/winter).

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I've ordered a Flucard, which when coupled with my iPad mini will have functionality tilt screen users will only be able to drool over. Essentially the flu card removes the screen from the camera, and allows you to walk 7.5 meters from the camera, and still see what's in the viewfinder and act as a remote trigger. I'm not really clear on why with such technology, you'd even want a tilt screen. OK, maybe standing in a crowded concert, holding the camera up over your head and taking pictures of the stage or something like that. But much of the need for a tilt screen is filled by the flu card.
Of course this is something I need to learn more about. If I could use a flucard coupled to my smartphone where I could see what I was shooting in real time it might make the articulating screen issue mute. I need to learn more about how this flucard works, or... maybe the next generation will have full tethering capabilities?

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It's practically standard on low-to-mid-priced DSLR bodies and compacts, Sony and Fujifilm seemed to have worked out the W/R feature and broken screens don't appear to be littering the landscape.
I don't know about littering the landscape, but I did manage to break the screen on my nearly-new E-M5. I was carrying both it and a rifle at the same time, and the camera swung on it's strap, and the back of the camera bumped the rifle scope. It didn't seem like a hard knock, but I could tell from the sound that it wasn't good. It actually hit the plastic bezel, but that was close enough to send spiderweb cracks through the screen. (And it still worked! But obviously I couldn't leave it that way.) If I'd been carrying the K-01 it probably would have put a ding in the housing, but I doubt it would have actually broken anything.

I do like tilty screens. However, the K-01's screen is viewable from surprisingly high and low angles. And Pentax do seem to be going after the more rugged and outdoorsy photographers. So... I don't think a tilt screen is a must-have feature for Pentax DSLRs. If they do, I hope they figure out a way to protect the edges somewhat better.
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I have maybe used Live View a total of 10 times between my K-x,K-5 and now the K-3 so I really do not see where I would ever use it.
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I know that this is an old thread, but in light of discussions about the upcoming Pentax APS-C flagship, people are saying that the lack of an articulated screen would be a showstopper. Even after reading this thread, it's unclear to me why people want (demand) one. OK, I can see specific instances where you want to take a photo close to the ground or use a tripod without the camera being at eye level, or holding the camera overhead. But do people take photos like these often enough for the lack of an articulated screen to be a "showstopper"? If I used the LCD screen a lot (as these people appear to), I would probably buy an EVIL camera rather than a DSLR. It would be smaller, lighter, and very likely to have an articulated LCD screen.

I'm possibly leaning to the other extreme - I have recently turned off the preview display to show the photo just taken for a couple of seconds. If I need to preview the image, I specifically preview it, but otherwise I save on the battery power. So - why do you "need" an articulated screen? Even on my video camera I mostly use the viewfinder not the folding screen.
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But do people take photos like these often enough for the lack of an articulated screen to be a "showstopper"?
Short answer = YES...

Especially with an ageing body like mine, an articulated screen is a must.....

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Short answer = yes again.
My K-1 is permanently in LV and the articulated screen is most appreciated. I rate it more important than Jpg settings and all the unnecessary buttons they create and far more important than video. But that is my use of it and I respect other peoples needs.
It would be economic suicide to abandon any of these things.
I think the most important thing we could be discussing is what we think of the K-1 's particular form of articulation (the struts).
I think they are superb design.
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I like having an articulated screen, but honestly, I often forget to use it on my K-1 cameras and it stays locked in place as I bend over to adjust things. To me, if all of the other features on the new APS-C are right and the performance and still image quality is excellent, then a lack of an articulated screen isn't that big a deal.
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back in the day, I was taught to take a photo any way you could

from the " normal " position

" blind " without using the view finder

holding the camera over head

or at the waist

or another position

was it successful,

at times

tilt screen, I don't make it a priority, other facts are more pressing to me
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I'd like to have tilt screen. I've used it several times during my E-30 days. But, if the new camera doesn't have it, it's okay.
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Short answer = yes and again
Before a flip screen, I used a right angle viewfinder. IMO, low angles are useful for photos of children and pets, among other things. And chest high generally gives a better perspective than eye level for shooting people, especially at wide angle. A flip screen is easier than kneeling or squatting.
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I take about 5-10% of my pictures using liveview. In all cases it is because i want image close to ground and i don't want to lay on ground myself.
If i had articulated screen on my K50, i think i would take even more pictures like this. So yes, it is very useful for me. I'm not sure if it's deal breaker, but it is very important and useful.
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I mostly use the viewfinder (70%) but for the rest of the shots in Live view I use the articulated screen in more than 50%. The K1s is just perfect.

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