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Nov 5, 2017 15:39:38   #
qualtalk
 
We recently went to a bird sanctuary and got lots of great shots.

I was wondering when you're using a tripod if it's better to compose the pictures using the viewfinder or with the live view on the LCD display.

Thanks in advance for your help!



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Nov 5, 2017 15:44:18   #
Sinewsworn
 
qualtalk wrote:
We recently went to a bird sanctuary and got lots of great shots.

I was wondering when you're using a tripod if it's better to compose the pictures using the viewfinder or with the live view on the LCD display.

Thanks in advance for your help!


I use a monopod especially with my heavier lens. May be used as a walking stick and they do not weigh as much as a tripod and it takes up much less space.

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Nov 5, 2017 15:54:11   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
qualtalk wrote:
We recently went to a bird sanctuary and got lots of great shots.

I was wondering when you're using a tripod if it's better to compose the pictures using the viewfinder or with the live view on the LCD display.

Thanks in advance for your help!


With a tripod I use my LCD Display or view finder depending upon the sun. For birds I use a monopod and my view finder

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Nov 5, 2017 16:45:49   #
Sinewsworn
 
Sinewsworn wrote:
I use a monopod especially with my heavier lens. May be used as a walking stick and they do not weigh as much as a tripod and it takes up much less space.


I missed part two- yes I use Live View whenever possible.

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Nov 5, 2017 17:20:06   #
G Brown
 
Compositionally, wildlife generally needs 'space to walk/run/fly/look into'...which is often quicker to compose whilst looking through the viewfinder, finger on trigger...However, with a big heavy 'long lens' having everything set up on a tripod will reduce camera shake.

It depends upon situation...If you are in a hide and wildlife 'comes to you'...then you are comfortable and have time to set up your shots using a tripod. If on the other hand you are stealthily 'stalking' then carrying weight you may not use could be a hindrance. Maybe a beanbag may be better.

The other hotly debated issue is: do you take a close up of the animal 'in all its glory' or back off and 'include its environment' ? That will probably decide you if it is easier follow your target looking through the camera - finger on button... or trying to pan whilst looking at a screen.

Technically - there is little or no difference in image quality or camera mechanic's. It is more about the how and the where you seek your quarry. different days different strokes.

Have fun

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Nov 5, 2017 18:35:50   #
rwilson1942 (a regular here)
 
I always use a tripod and the EVF.
I find LCD screens difficult to see outdoors and I'm old school.
I shot with cameras that only had the option of a viewfinder for over 50 years before getting a digital camera.

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Nov 5, 2017 19:17:52   #
splatbass
 
I use the viewfinder.

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Nov 6, 2017 06:34:11   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
qualtalk wrote:
We recently went to a bird sanctuary and got lots of great shots.

I was wondering when you're using a tripod if it's better to compose the pictures using the viewfinder or with the live view on the LCD display.

Thanks in advance for your help!


I'm old school, so I prefer the viewfinder, but to each her own.

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Nov 6, 2017 07:24:13   #
fourg1b2006 (a regular here)
 
Viewfinder for me as well.

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Nov 6, 2017 07:40:09   #
cthahn
 
The one that works the best for you. Why did you purchase a mirrorless camera?

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Nov 6, 2017 07:55:42   #
John N (a regular here)
 
When I go to the RSPB reserves here in the U.K. I use liveview with a remote release on a tripod. This may not be so easy in a more commercially orientated bird sanctuary.

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Nov 6, 2017 07:58:09   #
AlfredU
 
I find I can see much better through the eye level viewfinder.

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Nov 6, 2017 07:58:45   #
Goober
 
cthahn wrote:
The one that works the best for you. Why did you purchase a mirrorless camera?


Does not look to me like she is holding a mirrorless camera.

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Nov 6, 2017 08:08:38   #
Bill MN
 
No question about it. Use the viewfinder. I see your using a good camera.

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Nov 6, 2017 08:30:36   #
boberic (a regular here)
 
Put me in thE view finder column. Try both on the same subject, see which works better for you. It's your image, do what works best.

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