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Black "lines" at top and bottom of viewfinder

nexgraphics
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hi...I have a Canon EOS T8i and im trying to figure out what the black "lines" at the top and bottom of the viewport are when I press down the shoot button.  Can I get rid of them?   thanks!

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Your camera is an APS-C 'crop' sensor camera.  However, this is not about the overall dimensions of the sensor, it is about the format that you want to shoot in.  The traditional proportions for film and a sensor are 3:2, which uses the full area of the sensor.  However, many people post their images on screens that display in 19x10, or for image composition purposes even on 1:1.  When you went to the screen to change the lines you would have seen a list of different proportions listed, as per the image on Newton's last post.  In that case the camera reduces what the sensor records to the various proportions shown.  The lines on the screen are to help you compose your image to the new proportions.  On mirrorless cameras, which don't use an optical viewfinder, the image is displayed in the chosen proportion to the electronic viewfinder.

I would recommend, if you have not done so, downloading a copy of your manual from Canon, and use that to check these things - you will find it a wealth of information.


cheers, TREVOR

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If by "lines" you mean bars, please check your aspect ratio. I'm pretty sure it should be 3:2 by default, which is full frame.

T8i Aspect Ratio-1.jpg

Newton

Thank you - that worked!   But question, as I was told that this camera is NOT a full frame camera....so is it then?

Your camera is an APS-C 'crop' sensor camera.  However, this is not about the overall dimensions of the sensor, it is about the format that you want to shoot in.  The traditional proportions for film and a sensor are 3:2, which uses the full area of the sensor.  However, many people post their images on screens that display in 19x10, or for image composition purposes even on 1:1.  When you went to the screen to change the lines you would have seen a list of different proportions listed, as per the image on Newton's last post.  In that case the camera reduces what the sensor records to the various proportions shown.  The lines on the screen are to help you compose your image to the new proportions.  On mirrorless cameras, which don't use an optical viewfinder, the image is displayed in the chosen proportion to the electronic viewfinder.

I would recommend, if you have not done so, downloading a copy of your manual from Canon, and use that to check these things - you will find it a wealth of information.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

Thank you very much!

You're welcome.  Definitely download your manual though - you will be amazed at the stuff you can learn! 🙂


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me


@nexgraphics wrote:

Thank you - that worked!   But question, as I was told that this camera is NOT a full frame camera....so is it then?


Sorry, I should have been more clear and said "entire frame" or "THE full frame" to eliminate any confusion. I won't take it any further as Trevor has pretty much explained it.

Newton

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