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    B&W or colorful viewfinder

    Nice day to everybody,

    I found an information on the net, that pros use b&w viefinder.
    If so, what advantages and disadvantages does it have in comparition
    to colorful ones ?

    I think it could be easier to focus to get a sharper picture,
    but I do not have an experience.

    Anyone knows ?

    Libor

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    You are right. The main advantage of BW viewfinders is that it is easier to focus.

    The human eye can perceive more detail in luminance (brightness, black & white) than colour, which is why digital compression tends to compress colour more and leave brightness less compressed.
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    on the subject of view finders and focusing, what happens if your eyes are bad? what i see as focused might not necessarily be focused for someone with 20/20 vision.

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    Most viewfinders have a focus adjustment. It's always a good idea to check that it's the best for your eyes before you start shooting.

    Good viewfinders also have other ways to help, for example:
    - "Peaking" emphasizes edges and can make focusing easier.
    - A "focus assist" function temporarily magnifies all or part of the image while you focus.

    In any case it's always helpful to zoom in tight on the subject to get the best focus, then zoom out to the required framing.

    An external monitor would also help if the shooting situation allows it.
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    yep, i can adjust my viewfinder so it appears in focus to me. what happens then if i adjust the cameras focus so it is in focus for me. is it going to be in focus for everyone else?

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    I found an information on the net, that pros use b&w viefinder.
    When you refer to, "pros," do you mean as an independent cameraman or in a studio setting with mulitiple cameras?
    SC358
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    what happens then if i adjust the cameras focus so it is in focus for me. is it going to be in focus for everyone else?
    Not necessarily. Each new user should check to make sure it's in focus for them.
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    Not necessarily. Each new user should check to make sure it's in focus for them.
    no, i mean the actual footage you are recording onto the tape.

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    Oh I see. If the picture is in focus in your viewfinder then it will be in focus on tape.

    To obtain good focus you first need to set up the viewfinder so you can actually see what's in focus, then adjust the camera focus. Technically speaking the viewfinder focus is independent of the camera focus, for example, as long as the camera is in focus you could knock the viewfinder out of focus and it wouldn't matter.
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    When you refer to, "pros," do you mean as an independent cameraman or in a studio setting with mulitiple cameras?
    I meant on-shoulder cameras. In studios i have seen only cameras with an colorful lcd mounted to them.

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