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#1 Benjamin Smith

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:50 PM

I have been looking at some directors scopes and viewfinders recently and am wondering what would be the best one to buy. Any Suggestions?
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#2 Bugs Haller

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:41 PM

Ben

I guess it depends on how much you want to spend and what you want it to do. I've seen some that look like they cost thousands and they're almost as big as the cameras!

I purchased one from filmtools.com for a few hundred dollars and it works out great for me. It covers all the formats and focal lengths and does the job nicely. I think it's made by KISH optics. It's fairly small too, which I happen to like.
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#3 Jaime Toruno

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 02:40 AM

Just don't buy the micro viewfinder..it's sucks... I had and took it back! :angry:
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:53 PM

My favorite is the lowest tech of all: Take a 35mm slide frame and put a mask in it with a cutout the same size (actual size, not just aspect ratio) as your format sensor. Attach a string to the slide frame and tie a knot in it every centimeter.

How do you use this thingy? Well, you hold the slide up and frame up the shot you want. Then you use the string to measure the distance the frame was from your eye. That distance will be the focal length of your lens.

It's cheap and fits in your pocket.

Edited by Chris Keth, 01 November 2007 - 09:54 PM.

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#5 Benjamin Smith

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 09:35 AM

My favorite is the lowest tech of all: Take a 35mm slide frame and put a mask in it with a cutout the same size (actual size, not just aspect ratio) as your format sensor. Attach a string to the slide frame and tie a knot in it every centimeter.

How do you use this thingy? Well, you hold the slide up and frame up the shot you want. Then you use the string to measure the distance the frame was from your eye. That distance will be the focal length of your lens.

It's cheap and fits in your pocket.


That is a pretty sweet idea. i am going to have to try that sometime.
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