07-25-2018 10:24 AM
I have had a 7D for several years and it seems to me that, in the past, it displayed the 3x3 grid in the view finder, as it does on the LCD screen, which seems to be completely unavailable to me, now. Is there any way to force the camera to display it?
07-25-2018 12:18 PM
... selections. Do you see that menu?
I do and it is set to Grid 1 which causes the 3 x 3 grid to display on the LCD, which is what I want, but I also want it in the viewfinder. With the VF grid display set to enable, I have six columns and four rows in the viewfinder (5 vertical lines, three horizontal), despite choosing Grid 1. This is not useful for composition, since the two outer columns are narrower than the center four and this is, at best, distracting. I know I can approximate a third, vertically and horizontally, but I would like to understand the point of the 6 x 4 grid?
07-25-2018 12:48 PM
Oh, OK for the view finder.......
Turn the < Main Dial > to select the 2nd Tools menu.
Turn the < Quick Control Dial > to select VF grid display, then press SET
Turn the < Quick Control Dial > to select Enable, then press SET
This grid will be displayed in the viewfinder.
If I remember correctly this is the only grid for the view finder but it has been a while since I owned my 7D.
07-25-2018 02:21 PM
Thank you, but that is the grid that I find unhelpful. The 3 x 3 on the LCD is so much easier to use for composition, but the LCD is no good for hand-held (for me). I appreciate your effort. Guess I will have to live with it.
07-26-2018 11:22 AM
The grid on the 7D (LCD only) is rectangular. Sort of like this:
The "rule of thirds" can provide a rudimentary explanation for why some compositions look better than others. But I think you may be trying to follow the rule too slavishly. It's a tool to help you make compositional decisions, not a limit on your artistic sense.
07-26-2018 12:57 PM
I think you may be trying to follow the rule too slavishly.
I agree, but I am taking courses and have to meet course criteria. I did do some more reading and apparently, the multi-line grid in the optical view finder is more for architectural photography, to keep the picture level and buildings vertical. I did find an interesting article about creating your own grids, if you have Magic Lantern installed. It was an interesting exercise, but, of course, they can be viewed only on the LCD. It was an interesting way to waste time.