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    Since almost all the DSLRs out there have a 1.3-1.7x FLM / FoV crop, I wonder why camera makers can't have a 100% or more viewfinder. Instead, we have smallish 95% viewfinders. It appears like some viewfinders like that of the S2 Pro is masked, so isn't it possible to mask a bit less to get 100%? Or am I missing something?



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    Yeah, thats probably my biggest bugbear about DSLRs - the "masked off" viewfinders.

    No idea why they didn't go the extra few yards (especially for those that cost > US$5K) and make the pentaprism or whatever it is show an image which is as big as ordinary SLRs.

    Having said that, Canon's EOS10D is probably a step in the right direction with purpose built mirror box and shutter mechanisms, and (based upon my cursory examination a month ago) seems to be a larger viewfinder image.

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    Originally posted by Darren
    Yeah, thats probably my biggest bugbear about DSLRs - the "masked off" viewfinders.

    No idea why they didn't go the extra few yards (especially for those that cost > US$5K) and make the pentaprism or whatever it is show an image which is as big as ordinary SLRs.

    Having said that, Canon's EOS10D is probably a step in the right direction with purpose built mirror box and shutter mechanisms, and (based upon my cursory examination a month ago) seems to be a larger viewfinder image.
    Not so much of a larger image, but one with a bigger coverage. Since it's essentially masked out, I don't see why they can't mask less.

    The D100, D1X, etc are also purpose-built what.

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    Originally posted by ckiang
    Not so much of a larger image, but one with a bigger coverage. Since it's essentially masked out, I don't see why they can't mask less.
    it is possible that there are some electronic components at the side of the viewfinder, if they are not masked and show u 100%, u will see these electronic components lying around or stick out from the side?

    hmm...but why film body dun have leh? not sure...just anyhow guess only
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    I think there must be some differentiation between a prosumer model and a professional model. IMO, the manufactuer has to develop its product line to have some form of product differentiation to entice users to progress to purchase a higher end product. So, I suppose it's not they can't do it but they rather not do it. Its the same for film, semi-pro models dont have 100%, only pro models have it.

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    A bit OT, but I would rather have a big viewfinder showing 90% than a small one showing 100%

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    Originally posted by reflecx
    A bit OT, but I would rather have a big viewfinder showing 90% than a small one showing 100%
    I agree 100%

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    Originally posted by jasonpgc
    I agree 100%
    actually i prefer the ~130% viewfinder of a Leica M anyday
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    Originally posted by nivlekx
    I think there must be some differentiation between a prosumer model and a professional model.
    this is the real reason, IMHO.

    anything less than wat the manufacturers deem as pro bodies gets u small, not as bright, less contrasty viewfinders....

    the difference in the viewfinder between a EOS 1v and the EOS 30 / 10D is painfully obvious
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