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Reader Comments on Focusing, Live View, Really Right Stuff Tripod

David E writes:

Thanks for "forcing" me to try Live View mode. It has made me to really enjoy using the D3X again. The sharp images are quite amazing. The ability to easily obtain precise focus is so easy. Unfortunately,it has pointed out the flaws in my medium format cameras. I now want live view on all cameras. Can Leica and others not design it into a MF camera. I also wanted to comment on how to get the best way to obtain diopter adjustment,in my humble opinion.

An "old" photographer about 35 years ago told me to remove the lens and point the camera at a strong light source and then focus on a piece of dust or the scored lines on the focusing screen. It pops into sharp focus in a few seconds by adjusting the diopter wheel. It is so easy and has worked for me all these years even as my eyes deteriorate. After all,we are focusing on the image on the screen. I would like to know your thoughts on this technical being the man!!!....and my hero.

Keep up the outstanding work. I check out your site every day..

DIGLLOYD: The only medium format camera with a Live View Mode is the PhaseOne IQ series, and that is a slow frame rate kludge, not real Live View.

Yes, one does need to focus the diopter adjustment on the focusing screen, but dust is a dubious target, since it sits above the screen. Instead, focus on the inscribed lines on the screen. And remember that even with perfect adjustment of the diopter, the light path from the lens to the sensor is a different light path than from the lens to the eyepiece, and there is almost a guarantee that the two will not be exactly the same, hence an inherently flawed design as compared to Live View, which is showing the actual image on the actual sensor.

Glenn K writes:

Got the RRS TVC-24L... wow! Very well made and just the right size for my needs.

The Gitzo 2 series were always a bit "narrow" for my needs and I hated the center columns, but the 3 series were a bit big for travel. The 24L fits in both my travel backpack as well as my carry-on cases (with the head removed).

DIGLLOYD: I like the TVC-24L very much also, see my July 19 comments. I also now have the TVC-33L, which I like even more, when I don’t have to carry it far.

See my review of Really Right Stuff tripods in DAP.

Really Right Stuff TVC-24L tripod legs

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