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Tuesday, 04 October 2022


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the Hasselblad X2D100c EVF is 1X at 100%.
No AFC, no video. Yes IBIS.
Simple intuitive menu and controls.
Egad, a stills camera!

Not a do it all camera by any means but interesting depending on what one pursues in subject matter...and ways of working.
As I've done the majority of my work with view cameras, this ticks a lot of boxes...

But alas the price! Luxury goods indeed.

A nice blast-from-the-past essay, Mike. This must be “Viewfinder Appreciation Week” here. One look at that first optical viewfinder illustration makes me squint … and I faintly hear someone yelling “yabba dabba doo” in the background!

This is funny. After reading A Short History of Viewfinders the other day I did a web search because I was a little puzzled over the magnification parameter. I found this old article and read to the end before noticing your name. I found the article very helpful.

I was wondering why many high end cameras had approximately the same magnification level and I was a little puzzled over the stated magnification of the new Canon APS-C offerings. The R7 is listed as 1.15X and the R10 as .95X. It took me a minute to account for the marketing mumbo-jumbo of the APS-C cameras.

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” ~Mark Twain

The next time someone gives me a dirty look when I tell them what a "good" camera costs, I'll refer them to this piece.

Good job, Mike!

Your article evokes lots of memories. Ah...but now the mobile camera makes it meaningless to know most of all that.

Apparently, the Nikon F3 HP (high eye point) is still seen as the high point of Nikon's manufacture coveted by users and collectors.

It was a true joy to read this article of the film view finders.

With today's digital finders and their possibility of enlarged view for manual focus I find the sweet spot to be something else than what I expect I would have found preferable on an analogue camera. I find that today I want an EVF where I can easily see the corners and borders when I compose. I have used both an Olympus E-M1 III and an OMS OM-1. The later has a noticeably larger EVF and I actually find it difficult to take in the whole picture with borders and corners when I compose. In the end I was surprised that I actually preferred the smaller of the two finders.

The DW-2 6x Magnifying Viewfinder for the Nikon F2 gives a large gorgeous view.

The Nikon DA-1 Action Viewfinder for the Nikon F2 lets you use the camera with your eye far away. (Magnification about 0.6x, allows you to see the whole frame almost 2 inches from the viewfinder window). Essential if you are trying to see the viewfinder with the camera in an underwater case, and you're wearing a scuba mask.

Viewfinders similar to these two are available for other Nikon F series SLR cameras. For example, DW-4 Magnifying Viewfinder for the Nikon F3, DW-21 Magnifying Viewfinder for the Nikon F4, DA-20 action finder for the F4 and DA-30 for the F5.

Nikon F series cameras had a large number of available viewfinder screens, for example with central circular manual focusing aids, like finer ground glass, or microprisms.

Lack of these central focusing aids in the Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras makes manual focusing much more difficult that it needs to be. The Nikon Z cameras can do 10x magnification occupying the entire viewfinder which makes focusing a dream, but prevents simultaneously pointing the camera because you have no idea what is included in the unmagnified not seen whole frame.

FEATURE REQUEST: The obvious solution is to have the mirrorless camera viewfinder display digitally present an unmagnified full frame view for framing, at the same time with also a central magnified area for manual focusing. For greater flexibility, the area selected for magnification could be moved around.

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