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Old January 12th, 2008, 03:14 PM   #16
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I'm finding that I am not using the viewfinder with this cam and it can really get in the way at times. Anyone come across a protective cover for the viewfinder screen yet?
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Old January 12th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #17
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All times when I use this camera hand held I use the viewfinder. To hold the camera properly for a long hand hold (2-8 hrs) it needs to be on your shoulder. With the camera on your shoulder with a brace the LCD is not as effective for my shooting.

Keep the VF.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #18
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To throw in my .06Ē, the viewfinder is a very useful feature to have, especially for these handheld size cams.

1) It adds an additional point for stabilization: right hand on grip, left hand on lens, viewfinder against the ocular socket (OK, not the best way to word it, but you get what I mean). I, for one, think that is very helpful in a non-shoulder mounted design.

2) I like having the monitor in colour and the EVF in monochrome. I can see the colours and check contrast easily without having to flip buttons.

3) If the talent wants to use the monitor to see themselves, I still have the EVF to be able to work the camera.

Unless in a strictly studio setting, NOT having an EVF is a total and utter deal breaker, for me… we all have different criteria.
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