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Darina Fennell
 

Digital SLR: Previewing Scene on LCD?


Why can't I preview the scene on the LCD before I press the shutter on a Digital SLR? Sorry, I am new to this. Thanks :)


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11/24/2005 6:31:12 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  With an SLR, the sensor is behind both a shutter screen and a mirror that directs the light from the lens to the viewfinder. So there is no live view possible on the LCD screen. You view live through the viewfinder. When you fully press the shutter button, the mirror flips up so that the light is then directed to the sensor. The shutter opens to allow the light to hit the sensor for the amount of time specified by the shutter speed, then closes and the mirror drops back into place.


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11/24/2005 8:20:56 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  So, basically, on an SLR, you are looking directly through the lens.


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11/24/2005 9:05:39 PM

 
Roy Blinston
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005
  All above are correct.... however an EVF (electronic viewfinder) which only simulates an SLR will give you continuous viewing in your viewfinder.


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11/29/2005 11:12:07 PM

 
Cheryl    Most newer digital cameras come with a choice to view through the lens or through the LCD screen. There is a button that you press to go between the two. Look up in your manual to find that button. Otherwise, tell us what kind of camera you have and maybe we can help you further. Cheryl


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11/30/2005 3:04:06 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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  Most DSLR'S Arent Like That Cheryl,Its Viewfinder Only,Maybe Im Behind Times?
Name One That Offers This?...


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11/30/2005 10:45:51 AM

 
Cheryl    OOPS. I didn't realize Magda said DSLR as opposed to digital camera. Mia Culpa. First and last time I'll ever post to this site. That's for sure!


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11/30/2005 12:36:13 PM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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  Everyone Makes A Mistake Cheryl,We Value Everyones Input!!Please Post Again!!


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11/30/2005 3:04:46 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Don't let it bother you Cheryl. If I ever make a mistake in a post I will be able to accept it but then I mever nake mistakes. LOL

BTW, I can't preview the scene on either of my cameras - an Olympus OM-2n and a Pentax 645N. Why is that?


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11/30/2005 3:19:53 PM

 
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