« on: January 29, 2012, 05:00:50 PM »
Bought a 60D as my first dslr, in part because of what Canon calls the "Vari-angle" monitor, aka "articulating display" or flip-screen. This was high on my fierce little list as a Must and has proven even more useful and important to me than imagined. Video, I admit, is my eventual destination but it's been all still photography for six months and here also flipper is essential.
Let me count the ways: for angles all the way down to ground level, or eighteen inches above your eyes, this allows you to frame without stretching out flat on the street or in the mud, or climbing a tree or a drainpipe -- landscape afficianados take note! A minority of circumstances perhaps but a disproportionate source of winners. Essential for reportage, especially the high shots. Easier for journalists to conceal what they're up to -- the sneaks can face away from a subject.
Very very useful for portraiture out of the studio and even more for self-portraits or any kind of cheap wireless remote shooting.
Two considerations that hadn't occurred: swiveling the monitor away leaves a nice recess for the nose when using the OVF. Leaving the monitor screen turned inwards in the closed position protects it completely from scratching. (I leave it in this position most of the time when shooting too -- I find less and less need to check it when conditions are familiar. When I do use the screen, it's opened out to the left; there are no greasy smears on it.)
In video where pulling focus matters, a good loupe becomes an attractive alternative to a heavy and expensive external monitor, to name just one advantage.
So what's the beef? Why do so many dedicated Canoneers seem to choke on their lens caps over this? I've seen the argument that flip screens preclude weather-proofing, yet for years and years cheap flip-screen video-cams have been guaranteed waterproof to at least ten feet! And they work -- I've used them. The arrangement increases fragility? The opposite is true. It hogs valuable real-estate at the expense or more buttons? There's still plenty of empty space on the 60D my right thumb could reach.
The argument from stills-only shooters that they must now pay for all these unwanted "video" features seems misconceived too, since even if this was only about movies, the mass entry of videographers into this market, just now getting underway, should help keep prices down for everyone.
Sorry to have gone on so long! It looks like Canon is leaving Vari-angle out of the high end once again. What am I overlooking?