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Yakim Peled wrote:
I really like the OVF on the 7D. Significant improvement over that of the 40D which I had before. Shooting side by side with all 5D models in the past 2 years I can't say I felt those of the FF were significantly better. They felt about the same to me. Maybe it's because of the screen magnification (72% vs. 100%). I don't know. All I know is that I never felt my 7D is inferior in that regard to FF (and I really like big and bright OVF).
Sony's EVF to the 7D's OVF? That is what I'd call...Show more →
The 7D has one of the better APS-C SLR's, but it's significantly smaller and dimmer than the 5D's already mediocre (by FF standards) OVF. The 7D has the equivalent of a 0.63x magnification FF finder, FAR smaller than the 5D's 0.72x and a lot closer to the 40D's 0.59x equivalent than to the 5D's finder (all finders are measured with a 50mm lens, so you need to multiply the magnification by the inverse crop factor to find the 35mm-equivalent magnification in order to get a comparable idea of the size). Note by calling the 5D's finder mediocre, I'm not referring to its specs, which are decent, but the actual implementation which is simply not as good as some other finders with comparable specs (1-series, A850, etc).
The Sony EVF is comparable in actual magnification to the 5D (in fact it's almost identical in projected size, at 0.71x). If you like big (as I do), there's no comparison with the 7D, the Sony EVF simply stomps it. In terms of brightness it varies, the 7D will be brighter in bright daylight, the EVF will be brighter any other time. In terms of ability to focus accurately there's no contest, the 7D, like all other APS-C DSLR's, is difficult to focus manually in any light (it can be done with practice though), the Sony EVF is much easier to focus with even before focus aids like peaking and magnification.