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I like EVFs. The early ones sucked, low resolution and lots of lag, but with a good one, I prefer it to optical. My next camera may be chosen based on how good the EVF is. I have a Panasonic G9 and I love its EVF. I also have a Sony A7rII. I like almost everything about the Sony and don't really see the need to update it except for one thing--I have real difficulty manually focusing it and have some manual focus lenses I really like using on it. That said, I've started playing with my old film cameras which I hadn't used since 2007. When I stopped using them, I could easily focus any of them with the standard diopters that came with the cameras. Today at 61 with progressive eyeglasses, I can't see to focus any of them unless I wear my computer glasses. Rangefinders seem ok unless they have faded too much or weren't very good to begin with. Waist level finders are ok with the magnifier. At this point, screw in diopters are very difficult if not impossible to find. So, I've been researching manual focus film SLR's with build in diopter adjustments. There weren't very many of them. From what I've found, I think the Pentax LX was actually the first SLR with a build in diopter. It came out 3 years before the OM4. Leica starting with the R5 has it. Minolta made the XD-S which I think was only sold in Japan. Some of the late Contax cameras had adjustable diopters as well. If anyone knows about other manual focus film SLRs with adjustable diopters, I'd love to hear about them. Surprisingly, I read that the Leica III had one on the rangefinder window in 1933!
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2021 on Viewfinders Revisited at The Online Photographer
This is an interesting question that, at first, I didn't have an answer for. None of the lenses I'm currently using feel like my favorite lens. Then I started thinking about lenses I've used in the past and realized that I do have a favorite. It's the 35mm f/2 lens on the Sony RX-1. Even though I haven't used this lens in a few years, it's still my most used lens according to my Lightroom catalog. It's also the only lens that I can look at one of my prints and say, I bet that was taken with the RX-1 and generally be right (partly the way the camera renders and partly the way the lens looks). I need to dust off the RX-1 and really use it again!
There is (or was) a Zeiss 35mm viewfinder. I don't know how it compares to the ones for the Zeiss rangefinder camera, but Sony sold a Zeiss 35mm optical viewfinder for the Rx-1.
Why not get a second set of keys without the car keys that you keep in your pocket when you are around the house. Switch to the set with the car keys only when you need the car.
As a resident of Colorado under a state wide fire ban, this photo creeps me out.
I have the original RX-1 and an X100T. Although the RX-1 isn't my most used camera, when I look though my Lightroom database, the RX-1 lens is by far my most used lens and by far my favorite lens. It's the only lens that isn't some special purpose lens that I can often pick out correctly in photos on the internet. The camera attached to the lens could be better and could really use IBIS. I don't think I would find the RX-1RII an improvement over the original (I have the external EVF and wouldn't own it if that wasn't available). I've never bonded with the Fuji. The camera and lens are ok. I really like the idea of retro controls, but somehow the Fuji just doesn't feel right, not like a real old camera. I know lots of people seem to love Fuji colors, but my color vision problem, protanomaly, and the color shifts that Fuji does (must be adding red to other colors), makes most Fuji photos look muddy to me. I do a lot of landscapes and find the artifacts in green leaves to be a bit frustrating and sometimes visible as mush in 11x17 prints.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2020 on A Sony-Fuji Comparison at The Online Photographer
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