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10. Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Mode... > Section 2 – Autofocus in Live View P...

Section 2 – Autofocus in Live View Photography

(User’s Manual – Page 49)

Live View (Lv) mode is one of the new features that many old-timers love to hate. New DSLR users generally like to use it since they are accustomed to composing on the LCD screen of a point-and-shoot camera.

Both types of users should reconsider Live View. An old-timer who is used to using only the Viewfinder to compose images might find that some types of shooting are easier with Live View. Point-and-shoot graduates may want to see if they can improve image sharpness by using the Viewfinder.

I’ve been using SLR, DSLR, rangefinder, and point-and-shoot cameras for more than 40 years. When Lv mode first came out, my initial thought was “gimmick.” However, after shooting macro shots with Lv mode, the ease of use has changed my thinking. When I need extreme, up-close focusing accuracy, Lv mode can be superior to using the Viewfinder. If you’re an experienced DSLR photographer, try shooting some macros with Lv mode. I think you’ll find that your work improves, and your back feels much better too.


  

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