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| p.1 #1 · Easy Manual Focus: LV, NO tripod, viewfinder |
(Sorry for the ALT and Canon forum cross posting, but I think this is interesting for both groups)
Every now and then I read in the forums that people are struggling with Manual Focus: not sure if they should go down the MF path or not, insisting on using a tripod, not really liking the Canon Focusing Screen (Eg-S in the case of the 5D2), missing critical focusing too often etc.
Well, when I started out with Zeiss someone (sorry, I forgot who) told me to use the Zacuto Z-Finders (or similar), and I have never looked back. If you don't know what I'm talking about, this is a test: http://ninofilm.net/blog/2010/07/01/dslr_viewfinder_review/.
In use for photography, it looks like this:
(yours truly, with Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5, Canon 5D2 and Zeiss ZE100 MP2)
A very stable way to hold the camera, AND halfway to a Canon mirrorless <something>
Once you get used to this setup, it works quite quickly: move the focus point with the joystick to the desired point of focus, zoom in 5 or 10 times, focus, shoot. Success guaranteed, all the time!
(Of course you need a tripod if the shutter speed drops below 1/<some factor>*focal length)