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Registered: ‎07-25-2018

3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

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?

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

You should have ...

 

Grid display

Off

Grid 1

Grid 2

 

... selections.  Do you see that menu?

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

 


@ebiggs1

 

... 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?

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

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.

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If I remember correctly this is the only grid for the view finder but it has been a while since I owned my 7D.

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

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.

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

One question I have is how a square grid fits onto a non-square image? How does the rule-of-thirds work in that case?

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

The grid on the 7D (LCD only) is rectangular.  Sort of like this:

Grid1.png

 

 

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder

Yeah, I don't think the 7D does that in the VF.

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder


@Eliza2018 wrote:

The grid on the 7D (LCD only) is rectangular.  Sort of like this:

Grid1.png

 

 


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.

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Re: 3 X 3 Grid In 7D Viewfinder


@RobertTheFat wrote:

@Eliza2018

  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.

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