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Live view vs Viewfinder

rhammers

erie, US
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rhammers Registered since 09th Jun 2007
Sun 11-Dec-11 09:22 AM

I was wondering how the camera operates differently in these two modes. I have been unhappy with the sharpness of my 50mm 1.8 lens with the D7000 since the day that I bought it. Yesterday I was doing some testing and tried live view. The shot was the sharpest that I have ever taken with the camera. I turned off live view and used viewfinder, it was not sharp. I turned back on live view and took one...great shot. I did this six times and each time the viewfinder shot was much worse than live view. It doesn't make sense to me because I assumed the focus would work exactly the same in both modes. Has anyone ever experienced this? All shots were taken at 1.8 and on a tripod to eliminate movement.
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mcpianoca

Sherbrooke, CA
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#1. "RE: Live view vs Viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

mcpianoca Registered since 05th Jan 2011
Sun 11-Dec-11 10:51 AM

Were these taken with autofocus? Were you zooming in live view to manually adjust focus or just autofocus?

If all shots were taken with autofocus, I would think that maybe, just maybe, your focusing screen might need a distance adjustment (shim of some sort). I've read that people replacing their focusing screens with Katzeyes sometime have to shim the new screen to make the focus better.

Just a thought.

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briantilley

Paignton, UK
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#2. "RE: Live view vs Viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sun 11-Dec-11 12:03 PM | edited Sun 11-Dec-11 12:04 PM by briantilley


No, Live View uses an entirely seprate focusing system from the "normal" AF that the camera employs when you're using the viewfinder. Each system has its own strengths, but the fact that there is such a difference in your case suggests that you haven't got the "normal" AF set up in the optimal way for your type(s) of subject.

What are your AF settings, and what is the subject? Can you post some examples?

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