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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2015, 07:36 AM  
LX viewfinder brightness (FC-1) vs WLF
Posted By kai_in_paisley
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So following people's feedback I got hold of an FC-1, and thought I should get back with some first impressions. I do like it a lot - in bright conditions. Having the extra eye relief really makes it very easy to concentrate on your framing and composition. In low light, I do find it harder to focus than through a standard FA-1, and so I could imagine that the FC-1 might become a go-to finder for outdoors for me, but not really for indoors.

As a wlf replacement, well, I need to try... Of course, it doesn't allow you to be quite as subtle as with a wlf, you can't use the camera essentially sitting on your lap, or just above floor while kneeling - you have to get the camera a fair bit closer to your eye. That said, I'm going to give it a shot and see how it feels, using it for people / street photography, with the FC-1 sitting 'up'.

One more nice thing: with a 85mm lens (which is a focal length I really like), the FC-1 becomes pretty close ot 1:1 in scale. So if you're so inclined, this might come in handy shooting with both eyes open. Having said this, because the camera can sit so much further from your eye, even shooting with one eye closed, you still get a good peripheral vision around your viewfinder as well, so that really helps if you are looking for something (or someone) to come into shot: you can keep an eye on your frame AND the surroundings - with one eye!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2015, 08:18 PM  
LX viewfinder brightness (FC-1) vs WLF
Posted By kai_in_paisley
Replies: 11
Views: 1,977
Yes, street photography (in the widest sense) is when I tend to find wlfs most useful too. And anything with low point of view, of course. A reasonably fast lens with a proper distance scale, and a decent split-image screen tend to help of course, but as you say, in low light...

So that's what made me curious about this FC-1 thing, and the fact that it seems a very quick way to change from near-WLF handling to eye-point. This is maybe one of my biggest frustrations personally, when using a wlf: those moments when you feel that for this one shot, you'd really need to be at eye-level!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2015, 07:00 PM  
LX viewfinder brightness (FC-1) vs WLF
Posted By kai_in_paisley
Replies: 11
Views: 1,977
Hi monochrome and Chris, and thank you for your feedback! Can I ask you what sort of photography you've been using the FB-1 / FC-1 for?

I sort-of grew up with waist-level finders, the first 'proper' camera my day passed on to me was his old 'Exa 1b' - with wlf. (Which might tell you something about my age, and where I grew up...!) In one way or another, I think I got used to using them when it 'feels right', so often in situations where you can work with zone focusing.

But I've never used (or even come across) anything like the FC-1 before, and so I'm curious to get an idea, of when people feel it comes in handy!

Kai
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2015, 04:41 PM  
LX viewfinder brightness (FC-1) vs WLF
Posted By kai_in_paisley
Replies: 11
Views: 1,977
Got another question about the LX...

I do like using waist-level finders at times, even on 35mm - simply because on occasion, it feels less like 'shooting' people. Now I see that for the LX, you get the FC-1 sports finder, which is described in another thread by users as a fair bit less bright than the standard prism finders, and thereby as making it harder to focus properly.

Regarding the image brightness, and getting a decent focus, does anyone have practical experience using both, the waist-level finder and FC-1? It would also be great to hear about general experiences, people have had using both setups, for people, landscape or travel photography, or related areas. (Personally, I'm looking less for experience in macro or astronomical photography or other 'specialist' areas - but then, that might of course be interesting for other readers!)

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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