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#1 Jean Paul DiSciscio

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:51 PM

I'm shooting a short using the mini35 adapter with a range of Nikon Prime Lenses on my Canon XH-A1.

I'm interested in buying a director's viewfinder. What is the best one for replicating video using a 35 dof adapter?
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 05:08 AM

For a short perhaps you could check out renting a directors's V/F, they're pretty expensive to buy for a one off like a short. If you're buying it could just come down to what you can afford.

http://www.filmtools...nviewandvi.html

They'll all show roughly the angle of view for 35mm motion picture film plus other formats.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:32 AM

My girlfriend picked me up the Cavision 11X mini, it's nice, if a little tight on the one lense ring.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:00 AM

The AGE Mark 5 is absolutely top-notch, very well made and a treat to use but very expensive.
I don't know about the cheaper alternatives. Maybe pop in to a shop and try one out.
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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:45 AM

The Cavision 6x is relatively cheap and decent, all-metal and non-telescoping. I think the Alan Gordon Mark VB is ridiculously expensive and not much better, IMHO. Neither will show you full-frame 35mm (24x36mm) field-of-view, so I don't know how useful they will actually be in setting up your shots.
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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:36 PM

Do you have an iphone? You could download Artemis. I worked with the DP that developed it recently and I help him test the new updates now. It's quite a brilliant little program. The main limitation is wide lenses. Since the iphone is a fixed lens, you are unable to display lenses wider in view than that.
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#7 David Rakoczy

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:40 PM

Cool. Thanks Chris. Gonna try that.

I have a Kish and have used a lot of various finders and for me the real deal is one that accepts the actual Lens you are considering. That way you are (really) seeing what the neg will see in that position. The rest (to me) are guesstaments.
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#8 John Brawley

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 07:07 PM

I'm shooting a short using the mini35 adapter with a range of Nikon Prime Lenses on my Canon XH-A1.

I'm interested in buying a director's viewfinder. What is the best one for replicating video using a 35 dof adapter?



The other alternative is to use this iphone viewfinder...

http://www.chemicalw...tv/artemis.html


Works pretty well considering. Hard to argue with the price !

jb
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