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A7ii v4.00 FINDER/MONITOR custom button?

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Can the FINDER/MONITOR setting be assigned to a custom button on an A7ii with v4.00 firmware?

 

This SAR post last week gave me the impression that I would be able to switch live view display between VF and rear panel.

 

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On Tuesday B&H had a used item at low price so I decided to upgrade. This feature is important enough to me.

 

The camera arrived yesterday evening but I cannot find what I wanted. Can someone please confirm if I misunderstood?

 

To be clear, I want to be able to quickly switch the camera between using the only the EVF or only the LCD. Quickly means not using the menus, i.e. a custom button.

 

I'm inclined to return the A7ii and keep the A7 if I can't. Otherwise I'll put the A7 on ebay.

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Hi adwb, I also don't see why not. Yet it seems to be the case.

 

I have an A7ii with v4.00 since yesterday evening and I can't find this assignment but this isn't conclusive because there's a lot of stuff I don't understand or can't find in menus.

 

Manuals for A7Rii and A7ii support the bad news but that too is not conclusive since I'm not sure the online manuals were updated since v4.00.

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Ok in the options for the buttons, if you see "finder/monitor sel" , then that's the one to use .

 

Also set the menu setting finder/monitors hold then be set to manual for monitor , then if you have the button set it will change between the two when pushed but the ir eye sensor is disabled on top of the evf

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There are 60 options to choose for Custom Button 2 but I'm pretty sure none of them is FINDER/MONITOR. I've been through it many times now.

 

Disappointing.

 

I should instead make a small laminated cheat sheet showing the coordinates of the menu items I use to keep in my pocket.

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"Live View Display" is simply the user's ability to choose

what information the live view display includes. Before 

FW4.0 one had to navigate to the menu area where such 

choices are made. Presumably, FW4.0 will more directly 

get you to that area so you are free to be more fickle and 

change more easily what data surrounds the image in 

the monitor. This has NOTHING to do with flipping back 

and forth between EVF and the rear LCD monitor.  

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The new FW lacks the most obvious solution ... 

what other camera makers call the "My Menu", 

or something similar to that. It's a quick access 

menu that you populate with direct links to the 

things you often need but are fiendishly buried 

3 menu layers down in some place you never 

can remember.  

  

And, no, a "My Menu" is NOT the same as the 

"Fn" button or the "Q" button. Cameras with a 

"My Menu" also have the "Fn" and the "Q". 

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If the Fn function encompasses frequently used settings then an additional 'My Menu' becomes redundant.  After all, the general goal is simplicity.

Nikon 700 series have three my menus.  Boy, is it a jungle!

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If the Fn function encompasses frequently used settings then an additional 'My Menu' becomes redundant.  After all, the general goal is simplicity.

Nikon 700 series have three my menus.  Boy, is it a jungle!

 

But all I wanted was this:

 

Just that. But without needing to buy an A7Rii to get it.

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I programmed that function into one of the back controls long ago. at first I tried the AF/AEL button, but keep setting the camera into a different mode. Now i have programmed into the down button on the wheel. I also applied one of those dark dot things the light sensor under the eye cup. that works pretty good most of the time.

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Hi Username, yes, that's my conclusion too. Sending the A7ii back tomorrow.

 

You might be amused by this... coordinates of things that should be easy to access but aren't.

 

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Amused ? Nope .....

INSPIRED ? Oh yaz ! 

   

Many of my devices have added markings to 

remind me, warn me, direct me, etc. I buy a

lotta cheap primary color white, black, yellow

and red nail polish toward that end ... altho I

have yet to actually spell stuff out in text :-) 

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2 years have passed and it's now August of 2019 and the situation has not improved with Firmware version 4.01. As thefsb has stated in the original post in June of 2017, it would make so much sense to be able to quickly switch between Finder and Monitor manually. I sometimes want to use the Finder and sometimes the Monitor but when I set this to AUTO then sometimes the Monitor switches already just because I have the camera too close to my body...

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All sorts of fixes for this. Search for Light Dims. Sensitivity. I use Light Dims myself but others have used ordinary tape with good results. Keeps from having to dedicate a button for switching.

 

https://www.sonyalphaforum.com/topic/586-fix-for-over-sensitive-evf-sensor/?tab=comments#comment-32621

 

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