This is a very dumb question, from someone who thinks that he's smart. I'm sure that someone has asked this question before, but can't find it.
Does the NIKON D50 or any other digital SLR for that matter allow you to compose your picture using the LCD screen (like on the compact non-SLRs)? I do not think that you can do this on the D50. Is this correct?
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#1. "RE: LCD on camera back" | In response to Reply # 0
Aphex Registered since 30th Oct 2005Sat 24-Dec-05 06:04 PM
Yes, that's correct, it's not possible on the D50. As far as I know, there is only one DSLR which allows you to compose with the viewfinder as well as the LCD display, and that's the modified Canon 20D for astrophotography (I could be wrong here, but that's the only one I know of).
I wouldn't think too much of it though. Once you get used to the viewfinder, it's much better than a LCD screen.
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#2. "RE: LCD on camera back" | In response to Reply # 1
alembicbassman Registered since 30th Oct 2004Sat 24-Dec-05 07:50 PM
The CCD is only exposed to the image when the mirror swings out of the way and the shutter curtains open.
On a compact the CCD is exposed to the image during composition and the shutter is electronic. It takes a long while for the camera's computer to crunch the numbers so that's why you get all that shutter lag nonsense that does not exist with an DSLR.
The viewfinder on an electronic SLR (digital or 35mm) gives you pretty much all of the shooting info via an illuminated LCD display.
You get shutter speed aperture and other useful info.
The only caveat is that the viewfinder on most DSLRs is smaller than that of a 35mm SLR so the image isn't as bright.
The advantages of a DSLR still far outweigh the convenience of live preview on the compacts. You can still hold the camera above your head and snap away, just use trial and error. Most paparazzi use this method regularly shooting 8 frames per second. They usually get one that's OK.
#3. "RE: LCD on camera back" | In response to Reply # 0
Thank you Aphex and Alembicbassman for the quick replies. This was really good information.
A good friend, who considers himself an ace photographer, swears to me that his Canon 10D is capable of giving him a full view on the LCD while composing. Hence, my question.
It may not appear so, but I'm a Nikon N80 guy who goes back to the days of the FM and Nikkormats. But digital SLR's are new to me.
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#4. "RE: LCD on camera back" | In response to Reply # 3
K1W1 Registered since 19th Nov 2005Sun 25-Dec-05 05:17 AM
I believe that another issue is heat. A live preview on the LCD would generate enough heat to cause CCDs to burn out so even if it were somehow technically possible to get an image with the mirror in the way the heat issues would need to be overcome as well.
Just for interest here is Phil Askey's Canon 10D review.
I suspect that there will be no reference to any live previews on the LCD there.