>My F5 would be a perfect camera if it also had a small >digital preview to check exposure etc. Is there such a >beast?
If you are going to get a digital preview, wouldn't it be better to shoot with a digital camera? (D700, D3 ... )
I remember that back in the film days, photographers would shoot a Polaroid for exposure, switch to the film back, then check exposure with another Polaroid shot. If the two shots were even, then it was a good bet that "film" shot was right on, too.
Other film shooters would bracket shots in +/- 1/2, 1/3 or 1 stop EV to make sure critical exposure was captured.
Digital and RAW (along with histograms) make getting the right exposure a lot easier.
As others have told you, there is no film camera with digital preview. There are some medium format and large format cameras with interchangeable backs that would allow switching between film and digital but nothing that gives simultaneous film with digital preview/review.
I have a funny story related to this. In fall 2006 on ANPAT 6 I was shooting with Darrell Young a.k.a. Digital Darrell. He had his D2x, I was using my F6. We were using CLS with DD's SB-800 and SU-800 to backlight some red fall leaves. After I took my shot, DD immediately wanted to see my image by looking on the back of my F6. The F6 does have a display on the back, but it is only for setting menu items and looking at camera settings. DD was a bit embarrassed when I reminded him that I was shooting film.
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For landscapes and similar shots, I don't see much advantage. But for people shots, it would be nice to see if eyes are closed or there are other problems. Personally, I still like looking at Velvia slides on a light box with a loupe (taken with my F5) but for people shots I use my D200 so I can see if there are any goofy expressions or eyes closed. A pro level Nikon with a small digital preview would be excellent I think--just not sure if it would be feasible in the same body.
>just not sure if it would be feasible in the same body.
All you need is a tiny 2 MP sensor instead of 1005 pix for matrix metering - it would allow D-preview and D-finder along with hystogram, including live. But not in Nikon - maybe in a mid-format camera. 35mm film game is over, I bet 2012 F7 will be digital - outperforming any film.
Sun 12-Dec-10 10:28 PM | edited Sun 12-Dec-10 10:31 PM by ZoneV
A few years ago, Kodak actually had a 24mm (APS) camera with a color LCD on the back that let you review the last photo you had taken. But since it was film, you couldn't actually "delete" it (but you could choose not to have it printed with a button on the camera).
The last F5 I purchased came with an old school preview back,the Forscher Polaroid back. I did some research and B&H and Adorama both stock film. I might give it a try one of these days. Chaos is not a system, BLT.