Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Just give me an articulated LCD!

The Nikon D7200 has just been announced, and I was disappointed that it does not have an articulated LCD.  I was hoping that it would be a DX version of the Nikon D750, but I guess that was too much to hope for.

Why am I insisting on articulated LCD?  My current Nikon D610 doesn't have one, although my previous Sony NEX-6 does.  Well, because I realised it is very tough on my knees when I am shooting from low angle and had to bend down while carrying a heavy backpack.  An LCD that can be flipped 90 degrees upward would have been so helpful.

Even if I am sitting or lying on the ground, but as long as the camera is very low e.g. mounted on a short tripod and yet pointed towards the sky such as taking star trails, an articulated LCD shines.  Yes, it is possible nowadays to use some mobile phone apps and wirelessly transmit live view from the camera to the phone, but battery power is one thing, and now you have another gadget that you need to fiddle with.  And try operating them when you are wearing thick winter gloves!

Last but not least, I know there is this periscope thingy.  But am I going to spend USD200 just for this?  Since I started my photographic journey in early 2013, I have only seen 1 photographer using this tool, and it's last month.

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