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Canon 5D does it have live view?

gary conrad , Feb 12, 2009; 10:20 a.m.

My over 50 eyes aint what they used to be. I am a Canon 5D user and need to know if it has the live view option. If not do those of you that have cameras that have live view use it a great deal?

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Ross Murphy , Feb 12, 2009; 10:36 a.m.

No it doesn't, the Mk II does, I rarely use live view, I am sure some people use it a lot.
Ross

David Bowens , Feb 12, 2009; 10:55 a.m.

The 5Dmk2 and 40d/50d all have live view. I only use it for precise focusing for landscape, night and macro photography. As a day to day feature, it's pretty useless.

Colton Fischer , Feb 12, 2009; 11:48 a.m.

I'm sure you would use it for and weird angles and for making low to the gound shots.

Sarah Fox , Feb 12, 2009; 11:49 a.m.

Ross, I've only used it once, and I couldn't have gotten the shot without it. I wanted to photograph a very shy little girl. Everytime I held up my camera, she covered her face. I just switched to live view and "fiddled with my camera" for a little while, all the while getting great shots of her for her family.

Puppy Face , Feb 12, 2009; 12:20 p.m.

Okay, I'm over 50 but find adjusting the diopter yields a sharp view in the wonderful 5D viewfinder. If you need more adjustment than that, you can buy an accessory diopter to extend the adjustment range to fit your eyes.

I have LV on my 50D and find it harder to see clearly than the VF. In order for my eyes to focus properly I must hold the camera at arm's length, making for a small view. So I wouldn't use it unless I had to lay on the ground or shoot over my head.

Tom Watt , Feb 12, 2009; 12:36 p.m.

It's on my 50D, I turned it off as soon as I got it. Don't need it, but it would come in handy for me only in trying to shoot in a crowd (over my head).

David Bell , Feb 12, 2009; 02:01 p.m.

Never used it, but maybe it has a use in helping obtaining focus at very wide apertures....?

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 12, 2009; 05:37 p.m.

Short answer: no.
For me live view is hind pockets on a boar. I hated it on a Powershot I had, much less on a real camera. I even turn off the review altogether on my cameras. If I want to look, it's easy to hit the play button. Battery lasts longer too.

Ross Murphy , Feb 13, 2009; 02:45 p.m.

Sarah, thats a good use for LV, had not thought of that one.
Ross

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