use monitor as viewfinder Nikon D50

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by whizerd, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Aloha Folks!
    Long time since I've signed in. A few health concerns (Total Knee
    Replacement Malfunction) and a trip home to Oahu, **Pix forthcoming!

    I am afraid the Alzheimer?s has crept in as I cant for the life of
    me remember how to turn on the monitor on my D50 and use it as a
    viewfinder! I have read the manual cover to cover & still nada!

    Would someone please assist a broken-down ol photog with a page # or?
    Mahalo Folks!.................Scott
  2. You cannot use the monitor on a DSLR as a viewfinder; at least not in the same sense as monitors are used on digicams.
  3. The D50 is a single-lens reflex - you cannot use the LCD monitor in real time. The viewfinder is completely optical, through the lens, using a mirror which flips out of the way when you take a picture. At all other times, the sensor is covered by the mirror and a shutter.
  4. Hi William, I just came back from a trip to the local WalMart to replace the battery on my digicam. I had so much fun although the lady at the counter was very mean to me. Then I headed back home and finally got home. Pictures of my trip will be posted later.

    By the way, you cannot use the TFT screen as a constant realtime viewfinder. It can only playback images once they have been taken.
  5. The only DSLR that can do that is probably the 20D Astro photo version.
  6. As others have pointed out, you cannot use the D50 LCD as a viewfinder, the sensor is blind until the mirror is flipped out of the way. About the Canon 20Da, it's designed to be used with telescopes, and has a special preview mode to help with the image focusing, however the LCD only displays 5 to 10% of the frame, so you still need to use the optical viewfinder to frame the image.
  7. So the good thing about it is you (still) have no Alzheimer's ^^

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