David Kilpatrick wrote:I broke the Alpha 900 out of the studio and took it with me at the weekend. I am increasingly unhappy with the SLR/EVF thing although it has so many benefits, like the horizon level and a preview of actual exposure. This tilt/shift lens makes the full format far more attractive, but to use it you really need EVF or live view. You just can't trust focusing on the OVF screen even with the 900, I know that and it's why I sold my full frame tilt and shift adaptors and lenses and decided to use NEX equivalents. David
Interesting to hear about your loss of enthusiasm for EVFs on SLRs, David. Is this an EVF issue you have or just with their use on SLRs?
I was doing some work with a Canon 5D II and TSE II 24/3.5 last week in the rock strewn rivers and beaches of Wester Ross. I used both OVF (mattescreen) and Live View for focusing but was eventually forced to revert to OVF alone as my eyes will not focus at LCD range - the practicality of trying to view a non-tilting LCD in LV mode through a Hoodman while focusing with one hand and adjusting the tilt with the other was simply beyond me, although I imagine comical to observe. However, most of my photos, which generally encompassed a field of view from a few inches away to 50 yards or so, are in critical focus throughout the range. So it can be done with OVF although an EVF would undoubtedly be better. However,another solution (which I did not try but will on another occasion) is to use an angle finder with magnified view, like my old Minolta piece, which fits both the 5D Ii and my trusty A900. I must say that I greatly prefer the A900 to the 5D II, whose ergonomics and convoluted menu I find tiresome, but for tilt & shift work Canon and Nikon have had the field to themselves and the second generation Canon TSE lenses are outstanding. However, if the Samyang 24/3.5 TS lens is of the same quality as say their 35/1.4 the ability to mount Sony alpha cameras is fantastic news, not just for use with the a99 but also with the wonderful ovf on the a900.