shifting of the tenses in Would clause

Milton   Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:12 pm GMT
Is shifting of the tenses a must in Would clauses?

'' ISO displayed in viewfinder – I would not upgrade to a camera that didn’t have this feature''

could ''doesn't have'' be possible too?

many thans
Guest   Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:37 pm GMT
I think you could use either "didn't have" or "doesn't have" in this case.

(BTW -- my current camera doesn't have ISO in the viewfinder, and when I eventualy upgrade, I'd be more concerned with sensor size, pixel size, noise, frame rate,etc., than ISO in the viewfinder.)
M56   Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:06 am GMT
For me, "didn't have", there, is a timeless/all time expression: "doesn't have" seems to have present reference.