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Old June 10th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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Is the EVF on the new models still delayed?

I haven't had my hands on one yet but I'm thinking of buying one and wondering if the delay between what's in the viewfinder and what's being shot has been narrowed in the newer models.
I shoot a fair amount of action outdoor adventure stuff and I know people around here like this camera for wildlife but I worry I won't be able to keep up with what's on the EVF. Or am I just worrying about nothing?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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In my opinion, the (significant) delay only occurs with 24F mode and not 1080i mode.

I am not certain if the delay occurs in 30F mode.

If you are shooting fast action, in my opinion, the 1080i works well without any significant delay in the viewfinder.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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Can anyone confirm this or chime in? I'm thinking of buying the one for sale over on the classifieds. Since I'll mostly be shooting wildlife I was thinking I wouldn't use the 24f. So if there's no delay on the EVF in 60i, that'd be great know. I have no way of getting my hands on one before buying. Thanks.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 11:24 PM   #4
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I can confirm it.

There has been no change in the way the EVF works. It's still the same as it's always been. As Dan says, there is some noticeable lag when shooting 24F. There's only a very slight amount in 30F. None at all in 60i. Hope this helps,
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Old July 4th, 2007, 11:26 PM   #5
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In 60i I see no lag whatsoever.....or at least it is imperceptable to me. The delay is in the processing done to the interlaced CCD output to create 30f or 24f. Since the CCD are native 60i there seems to be no delay at all.

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Old July 5th, 2007, 01:58 PM   #6
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The biggest problem with filming wildlife seems to be the difficulty of focusing manually, and this finder has a great deal of smear in cold weather. I am using it to record whitetail deer fawns and find that the camera works well with the stock lens and auto focus. I use 60i.

I prefer the fu-1000 b&w finder for use in cold weather, and with the eos adapter and 35mm lenses. This finder is easy to manual focus and has no smear or jitter in 60i, even in cold weather, but is like looking in a small hole by comparison, and is heavier.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 02:01 PM   #7
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The FU-1000 draws more current from your batteries.
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