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Old 11-09-2004, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In a studio set up, does anyone out there hook up their camera to a monitor and use that as a viewfinder?
My eyesight is not as good as it used to be, and viewfinders in either digital or film cameras make it hard to close focus.

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Old 11-09-2004, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suppose it could be done with some of the digicams. With a slr however, it would not be possible since the imaging sensor never sees what you are shooting until the moment the shutter is opened. You can use capture software to load the image on the screen as soon as it is shot. This will allow you to do critical review and reshoot if neccessary. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-09-2004, 05:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Canon puts out a view finder adaptor that, among other things, magnifies the image 2 or 3 times. That might help...
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Old 11-09-2004, 06:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Olympus E-1 has software that can tether the camera to a computer via a firewire connection. I haven't used the trial software that came with my camera yet so I can't give you the details.

The software costs an additional $150.

BTW more lenses are coming out for the E System and Sigma has two zooms now available for 4/3 format for around 200 bucks each.

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Old 11-11-2004, 05:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have had the same problem for years, until I got new eyes (cataract surgery). Now I can see everything. But having trouble focusing was why I went to auto focus cameras, and I've never looked back. Particularly, in the studio, you'll usually be shooting a f8 or f11 which gives you quite good DOF. But if you have trouble with the critical auto-focus, then have the model hold a contrasting item right in front of her face and focus on that.
It would be nice if our digital SLRs would show us the actual preview, but alas they don't yet. I have, in the past, set up a small video camera right beside the SLR and in the same plane so that I could preview the shot (I used this in the film days mostly). The other way I overcame focus problems was with the RB67. With a 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 viewfinder it was very easy to focus and compose.



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