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#1 Rod Blackhurst

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 01:49 PM

I'd like to get a viewfinder so I can stop using my still camera on location. Something that can do all of the video chips (2/3" down to 1/3") and then 16mm and 35mm. Any suggestions?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 02:26 PM

I got something like this for a birthday, it works well enough for what it is.

http://www.bhphotovi..._.html#features
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#3 Rod Blackhurst

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:24 PM

Looks good. I was trying to decide between that one and the Birsns and Sawyer one.
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:34 PM

If you're looking for a smaller investment and have an iphone, check out "Artemis." It's a directors' finder app developed by a guy I work with. Its very accurate but can't show you very wide lenses because of the limitations of the phone's own lens.
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#5 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:49 AM

I have an Isco, it's great, can't beat German precision optics engineering although, for the price, I love my Russian Lomo lenses too. :D
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#6 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 02:18 AM

I own a Cavision VFL-6x which has all the formats you're looking for. I thought it was a good value, but after using it extensively on my latest shoot I have to say it's not very good at all. I was shooting Super16 1.85 on the Panavision Elaine and Panavised super speeds, and the field-of-view was way off. The lenses were a lot wider than the viewfinder. On day three, one of the strap lugs broke off. On day four, the other strap lug broke off and the screws which hold down the aspect ratio ring got very loose, causing the front of the finder to slip in and out... You definitely get what you pay for.
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 08:41 PM

I don't know if I saw your director use it at all during that shoot either
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#8 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:14 AM

I don't know if I saw your director use it at all during that shoot either

LOL, well he looked like a pro wearing it, so I guess that's what counts... :ph34r:
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