Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/12/09

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Subject: [Leica] EVF question
From: cummer at (H&ECummer)
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:28:33 +0800
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Hi Frank,
Although I agree with your assessment of the effectiveness of an EVF in low 
light - as I have experienced with my Panasonic GH2 and latterly Fuji XE1- 
there is one area where, in my experience, the glass prism VF is still king 
- and that is high speed AF shooting of wild animals and birds. The clear VF 
interrupted only by the up and down of the mirror is most useful in 
following fast moving subjects. With the GH2, now I admit an older model, 
the smearing and stutter in the EVF made tracking very hard to maintain. The 
XE 1, although almost a current model, gave a better but still less 
satisfactory experience that the Prism finder in my D800E.
I believe the faster refresh rates in my new Oly M1 finder may finally over 
come the stutter and smearing problems but I haven't yet tested mine with 
long lenses searching for birds. That will be done, of course, when time and 
opportunity present.

Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 22:52:44 -0800
From: "Frank Filippone" <red735i at>
Subject: Re: [Leica] EVF question
To: "'Leica Users Group'" <lug at>

I may have not been too clear in my reason to like the idea of EVF,,,,,,

The advantage of EVF is that in poorly lit scenes, the EVF produces a bright
( read that as artificially bright)  image to focus with.  There is no other
prism, VF, RF, or other gadgetry that does or did this.  

For those of us with (proven) poor ability to shoot slow lenses, and
especially in poor light, and hit the focus time after time, EVF offers a
shift in viewing.  That makes it a revolutionary shift in focus accuracy.

The D4 may be a good VF experience, ditto the SL, R8, and Df.... but
compared to the EVF, they are potentially really second rate.  

In addition, the x10 multiplier VF magnification makes the EVF the best (
potential) viewfinder, ever.

Frank Filippone