I guess it comes down to how much more would you be willing to pay for a 3:2 ratio screen? When zoomed the zoomed image fills the (4:3?) screen so in order to accurately show you what you will see the zoom box is also 4:3 (or whatever actual ratio the LCD is). When unzoomed the screen allows for info etc at the bottom so it shows you a 3:2 image in the top of a 4:3 screen....I assume all the current screens are sourced from the 4:3 built-for-tv market???
>>I guess it comes down to how much more would you be willing >>to pay for a 3:2 ratio screen? > >Well, you have a 3:2 ratio screen before you toggle into >zoom mode, so you can see what the standard 35mm image is.
Not quite, you have a 3:2 image displayed on a 4:3 screen leaving room for the data below. I agree that it would be possible to display all sorts of crop ratios on the screen but I guess Nikon were trying to make best use of the screen area.
I have also just configured the centre button to show a focus-check zoom so the aspect doesn't bother me.
Of course if you fitted a 3rd party focus screen I guess you could have any aspect ratio crop marks on the focus screen....perhaps quicker than waiting for Nikon to add it into the firmware.
>Not quite, you have a 3:2 image displayed on a 4:3 screen >leaving room for the data below. I agree that it would be >possible to display all sorts of crop ratios on the screen >but I guess Nikon were trying to make best use of the screen >area.
Very true, but what I meant is that you have a 3:2 full frame (using the term loosely...ha) view of your image, albeit that it is smaller than full screen.
You could still zoom in on an 8x10 crop in order to view the sharpness.
It does aggravate me that the view finder grid lines are not 8x10. They didn't need to divide the screen into equally spaced columns.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
So the sixth zoom level is closest to the 100% view for the pixel dimensions of the LCD screen, and the highest magnification yields about 3-4 LCD screen pixels per image pixel - hence the slight blur or visible pixelation at the highest zoom levels.
Also I do my visualisation of cropping in Photoshop, not always to a standard aspect ratio (8x10 or A4 or ...), but whatever suits the composition best. Sometimes that results in a 1:1 square crop.
More elegant than trying to use the present grid-lines and then re-compose (but a LOT more expensive!)
A cheaper alternative would be to cut your own 8x10 format mask from thin black card and attach it to the inside of the plastic protective cover for the LCD, or to scratch(!) two parallel vertical lines near the edges of the cover. These might offend the "dignity" of the beautiful D200 body, but they would give you an idea where to frame your groups.