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Old 12-07-2014, 10:57   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

The question is probably mostly self-explanatory.

I've never used them before, I never had the option before this camera. I've just found them in the menu.


Who uses them out there, good idea or not?





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Old 12-07-2014, 11:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Grid lines?

All of my cameras have this feature enabled. They aid composition and help you keep your images straight and level.
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One of the first things I enable in any new camera.
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Two ticks so far then.
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Re: Grid lines?

As said, it aids composition, but I find it can also confuse it and thankfully Nikon had the sense to project the grid onto their viewing screen rather than requiring the fitting of a separate screen. I like to chose. Essential for buildings and landscapes but I find it gets in the way for macro and portraits, and I set up my menu groups accordingly - quickly switchable from the 'info' screen. As this is essentially a projected grid it would have been nice if Nikon had gone one step further and provided options for the projection that assisted composition to recognised composition rules, as well as framing (now be found on the more recent top DSLRs in a limited form).

Out of interest I used viewing screens with grid-lines on the medium format cameras (6x6), mainly because it helped me frame vertical and landscape shots from the square format, but I never bothered with the grid-line options for the 35mm SLRs.

On cameras with Live View it's often available as one of the viewing options, giving the opportunity to line up without needing to use/have the viewfinder option.
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Useful for aligning and composition. Have mine on most of the time.
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I have found them to be a tool, so after I look, they go away.
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As said, it aids composition, but I find it can also confuse it and thankfully Nikon had the sense to project the grid onto their viewing screen rather than requiring the fitting of a separate screen. I like to chose. Essential for buildings and landscapes but I find it gets in the way for macro and portraits, and I set up my menu groups accordingly - quickly switchable from the 'info' screen. As this is essentially a projected grid it would have been nice if Nikon had gone one step further and provided options for the projection that assisted composition to recognised composition rules, as well as framing (now be found on the more recent top DSLRs in a limited form).

Out of interest I used viewing screens with grid-lines on the medium format cameras (6x6), mainly because it helped me frame vertical and landscape shots from the square format, but I never bothered with the grid-line options for the 35mm SLRs.

On cameras with Live View it's often available as one of the viewing options, giving the opportunity to line up without needing to use/have the viewfinder option.



Yes, I can see their value there.
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TVM........
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