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09-10-2008, 04:04 AM   #1
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Has anyone found a good use for live view?

As per the title - what use is it?

I've found one limited application for it, but I'm interested to see what others think.

09-10-2008, 04:40 AM   #2
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1, Macro shots
2, Shots when needing to hold camera overhead or at angles where putting your eye to the cup is impossible.
3, when on a tripod and timer for self shooting, easy to frame the shot and pre-focus
4, When I am too annoyed at the slight little lean to the right that my viewfinder too often provides
5, Composing shots in general. (I wear glasses and hate taking them off to compose a shot through a view finder at all times, nor do I like the little smudge on my glasses lens after having taken a shot through the eye piece and failed to remove my glasses.) To each his own.

I am sure there are more.

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For battery and sensor heat reasons, I have disabled mine. I like using the viewfinder for it's real image, which is sort of why SLR's were invented :P
OTOH, I have used it twice in the last 3 weeks. Both times for a macro/raynox composition low on the ground, once to check the focus at magnified view.
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And probably the most important of all - the mirror stays up (of course) in 21fps burst mode.
Try following the action with the optical viewfinder blacked out.

09-10-2008, 06:33 AM   #5
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As I have mentioned at least three times in recent days in other threads, very valuable for setting up long exposure shots with heavy darkening from ND filters attached.
09-10-2008, 06:36 AM   #6
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live view is good for ninja shooting, when the act of holding a huge ass camera up to your eye may prompt unwanted action from particular individuals.
09-10-2008, 08:28 AM   #7
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Manual focusing on a tripod.
09-10-2008, 09:01 AM   #8
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Astrophotography through a telescope where it is very difficult to achieve focus through the viewfinder. It is also manual focus, because obviously the camera cannot AF the scope. The telescope is f/8 so the view through the finder is dim, making focus a bit harder. Not, impossible, but live view makes things easier in that one case. Other than that, I don't use it.

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Very useful for landscape photography when using a tripod really needs an articulating LCD, without it Live View usefulness is severly limited..

what we really need is Live Hostogram in the viewfinder, much like the "prosumers" EVF

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Upskirt shots might be more clean now
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Seeing how SR behaves and reacts to various movements, panning, etc. with the feeling that knowing more about it means making better use of it.

If the enlarged view showed a 1:1 image it might make manual fine focussing easier.

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