Viewfinder view size

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Frank Baldé via PhotoKB.com, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. I am currently investigating which DSLR to buy (using the Minolta A1 now).
    One thing you don't read about much in all the reviews is the size and
    brightness of the viewfinder. I was able to check out the Canon 350D and
    the Pentax *ist Ds and to my surprise the 350D's viewfinder is REALLY
    small. I also checked the D70 which seems rather dim. Anyone here who can
    tell which finder is brightest, biggest for the following models: Canon
    300D, 350D, 20D, Minolta Dynax 7D, Nikon D70, Olympus E300, Pentax *ist Ds
    (the models that fit my budget range).

    And how does the 'best' one compare to let's say a Nikon D2x or Canon 1D
    MkII?

    thanks,
    Frank
     
    Frank Baldé via PhotoKB.com, Apr 20, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The Maxxum 7D viewfinder is about as bright as the Maxxum 9 viewfinder,
    which is one of the brightest SLR viewfinders period.

    Cheers,
    Alan
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    Alan Browne, Apr 20, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    Brightest & biggest are in direct competition - if you reduce the
    apparent size of the viewfinder image, it automatically gets brighter.

    As you've noticed, the Pentax has the largest viewfinder image in
    those models you list. That's handy for manual focussing, but you
    pay the price of a somewhat less bright image - a problem if you
    intend to take a lot of shots in dimly lit surroundings, using a
    small aperture zoom lens. Of course if you stick a 50mm/f1.4 on
    the front, the viewfinder image is significantly brighter!

    I'd suggest you take a look at the Canon 20D; it's a little more
    expensive than several of the models you mention, but has a good
    viewfinder image (larger than the 350D, smaller than the Pentax).

    It's hard to be more specific without knowing how you intend to
    use the camera.
     
    John Francis, Apr 21, 2005
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