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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Thu 16-Feb-12 11:41 PM
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"Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
Fri 17-Feb-12 12:17 PM by J_Harris

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I don't know if this question belongs here or the tripod forum, but I'll start here because there is a lot more activity.

I am now satisfied enough with my hand holding techniques, so it's time to get more adventurous. Recently I bought a kirk BH-1 ballhead/Manfrotto 055XB tripod combination and tomorrow I will use it for the first time with my D7000. I'll be using the Nikon wireless remote and mirror-up method with VR turned off for landscape photos.

From what I understand when using the viewfinder method I must frame the shot, use manual focus (so it doesn't refocus when the shutter is actuated), and then put the viewfinder cover on before each picture is taken.

I like the viewfinder method, but having to put the viewfinder cover on before, and then removing it to reframe for each shot seems like a real hassle and could possibly disrupt the framing. Is there a better/easier way? Is using the viewfinder cover really that important?

Using live view so the viewfinder cover can remain installed for the entire shoot seems easier, but is it the best way? How did photographers do it before there were live view monitors?

Any help, advice, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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four eighty sparky Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011Fri 17-Feb-12 12:36 AM
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#1. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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Shoot in Manual mode. You only need to cover the viewfinder if the camera is in A, P or S modes... light coming in that way may affect the meter and cause the camera to change the exposure.


That won't happen when you dial the camera to M.

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Fri 17-Feb-12 01:50 AM
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#3. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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Ken,

Thanks for the suggestion. I always use Aperture priority - it looks like I've got some reading to do tonight about Manual mode.

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ChrisPlatt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2011Sat 18-Feb-12 12:19 AM
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#6. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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I've always just use a hat or a cupped hand held very close to the viewfinder to cover it. It seems to work fine.

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Gamecocks Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jul 2010Fri 17-Feb-12 01:48 AM
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You can use a small piece of black felt to cover the viewfinder if you don't want to remove the cover. Much faster and easier.

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Fri 17-Feb-12 01:59 AM
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#4. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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John,

Wow, such a simple solution.

Thank you.

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four eighty sparky Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011Fri 17-Feb-12 03:25 AM
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#5. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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Sometimes you can just hang your lens cap on the VF.

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Sat 18-Feb-12 12:55 AM
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#7. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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Just got back from my first excursion with my tripod. Thanks for all the suggestions for covering the viewfinder - in the end I just gently used my thumb to cover the viewfinder while activating the wireless remote. It was simple and I believe worked well.

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niakapa Registered since 07th Nov 2011Wed 22-Feb-12 04:13 AM
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#8. "RE: Viewfinder Versus Live View With Tripod and D7000"
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You can also casually drape your camera strap to cover the viewfinder. Works so long as its not too windy.

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