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Viewfinder brightness

jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
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jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Sat 29-Jun-13 02:56 PM

I'm a bit confused.

I was just checking AF corrections outdoors in the late afternoon on my 500 f4 VR and old 80-400 f5.6 VR with both D300 and D800 bodies.

Both these bodies have solid SLR prisms but obviously the D300 is DX and D800 is FX format.

Notwithstanding the difference in field of view and viewfinder size, I noticed that the D300 viewfinder was much brighter in the fading light than the D800. This difference was common with both lenses.

Although not as sharp, vf display on D300 with 80-400 f5.6 was brighter than the 500 f4 on D800 and even brighter when the 500 f4 was fitted on the D300.

I would have expected the opposite. Any explanations?

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