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marcwilson

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5d viewfinder framing...not 100%
« on: February 27, 2008, 01:59:46 pm »

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I find that shot after shot my 5d viewfinder does not give me 100% of the actual shot..is this normal for this camera?

I've tried with various lenses and screens all with the same result...and for my interiors work this is a real pain!

Marc
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 02:05:20 pm »

just found this info so i guess it is normal...

"Canon implemented a new viewfinder on the EOS 5D, covering 96% of the recorded frame in a 0.71x magnified perspective. The viewfinder has a 20mm eyepoint with a -3 to +1 dioptric adjustment. Some users may object to the 96% coverage, seeking the full 100% view provided by the 1Ds Mark II; however, those who have made a career shooting with 35mm bodies have likely become accustomed to the crop and have learned to work with it. Those who remain disenchanted with the 5Dís viewfinder coverage might at least take solace in the manner in which the view is altered. Unlike the 20D, which primarily took its 5% liberties from the top and left segments of the frame, the discrepancy in the 5Dís recorded frame is much more evenly dispersed. Files recorded with the EOS 5D will contain about an eighth of an inch more of the scene all around the frame, resulting in a far more accurate representation of the composition."

although having put up with it for the last few months its now getting to be a real pain...takes the art and technique out of strict viewfinder composition in interiors.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 02:48:41 pm »

95% coverage is pretty common.

The Nikon D300 and D3 both have 100% viewfinder coverage.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008, 05:50:05 pm »

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Hi,
I find that shot after shot my 5d viewfinder does not give me 100% of the actual shot..is this normal for this camera?

I've tried with various lenses and screens all with the same result...and for my interiors work this is a real pain!

Marc
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I love my 5D, but would much prefer a 100% viewfinder really.

Mike
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008, 04:09:05 am »

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I love my 5D, but would much prefer a 100% viewfinder really.

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yes I'm going away for a few weeks but may well have to trade my 5d for a 1ds...same price used, although bigger of course with bigger batteries, etc and not as good for any travelling but 100% in the viewfinder...and that's what really matters to me.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 11:16:58 am »

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yes I'm going away for a few weeks but may well have to trade my 5d for a 1ds...same price used, although bigger of course with bigger batteries, etc and not as good for any travelling but 100% in the viewfinder...and that's what really matters to me.
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I'd try to shoot a few frames with a 1Ds before swapping. I suspect the 5D will give nicer image quality*, and it may be  abit of a toss up.

Mike

* Given concerns about IQ expressed elsewhere on this site I note that this is completely anecdotal and not based on any scientific testing of my own.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2008, 11:20:24 am »

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I'd try to shoot a few frames with a 1Ds before swapping. I suspect the 5D will give nicer image quality*, and it may be  abit of a toss up.

Mike

* Given concerns about IQ expressed elsewhere on this site I note that this is completely anecdotal and not based on any scientific testing of my own.
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Weasel words!  Now start testing!
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2008, 12:00:05 pm »

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I'd try to shoot a few frames with a 1Ds before swapping. I suspect the 5D will give nicer image quality*, and it may be  abit of a toss up.

Mike

* Given concerns about IQ expressed elsewhere on this site I note that this is completely anecdotal and not based on any scientific testing of my own.
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I've shot a 1ds before and liked the results.
Ended up with the 5d due to its portability as I use the camera for travel work also..but so much of my work at the moment is in residential interiors I may put the 100% viewfinder over the portability for a while...as I'm looking at other options for travel anyway.
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2008, 06:41:55 pm »

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Sorry, don't have a Ds:) It was just a generational comment and disclaimer

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2008, 06:42:27 pm »

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I've shot a 1ds before and liked the results.
Ended up with the 5d due to its portability as I use the camera for travel work also..but so much of my work at the moment is in residential interiors I may put the 100% viewfinder over the portability for a while...as I'm looking at other options for travel anyway.
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Understand completely.
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2008, 08:57:13 pm »

To each his own I guess. I shoot interiors for a living (largely with a 5D) and find no problem with the slight cropping of the viewfinder in the 5D. I guess that is largely because virtually every image shot with a wide lens (and most of my interiors are shot with wide angles) needs some slight barrel distortion correction anyway and slight cropping always follows that procedure anyway.
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