Using a DSLR as a Director's Viewfinder + Lighting Visualizer Tool
Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:23 PM
Posted 12 July 2014 - 09:44 PM
Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:16 PM
A bit silly, but I've been doing this lately with my 7D. Works fine since I got the Duclos multi-mount mod for my Canon Cine zooms. You'd have to get your 7D PL modded to work with a wider variety of lenses.
I was under the impression that a 'director's viewfinder' was intended to be less than setting up an actual camera... with rails and a tripod, that sort of thing seems to fly in the face of the mobility of the director's view finders that I have seen, and at a few K bux for camera+rails+tripod... well why not buy the official director's view finder?
On the other hand, having an app on the iPhone like Artemis app, allows one to see approximate angle of views, which pretty closely match the DSLRs that I've had access to, and so, does allow for a light mobile viewing of the location in terms of what the capture camera will actually 'see', as well as record location shots while scouting, with time of day and GPS location info included 'for free'.
Edited by jeclark2006, 14 July 2014 - 07:17 PM.
Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:06 PM
All silliness aside, it's really not much bigger than the standard Kish UDF finder with a lot more functionality. The prices are pretty comparable too, both around $3500-4000. The PL 7D is way cheaper if you just want to mod a camera that you already own.
Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:17 AM
I put together a similar setup for about $1,000. I did it as a Bcam for my FS100 for a documentary and later found out it worked great as a viewfinder.
I mostly use a real viewfinder during shoots but this setup is great for scouting and blocking before the shoot cause I can shoot video with more stability than my phone and get a more accurate idea of the framing and ISO. For evaluating lighting setups it's only useful if you're recording as the live standby feed in video mode doesn't show the accurate ISO.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 11:59 PM
I'd recommend a mirrorless camera over getting a 7D, such as that Sony NEX-7. Not only do they do better video quality than a 7D (for little tiny personal projects or for lending out to a buddy, or whatever) but they're easier to adapt to all kinds of mounts.
Personally I'd recommend the Sony A6000, as not only is it very affordable, it is also one of the best DSLR/MILC for filmmakers who do that kind of thing (thus making it a tad more dual purpose than just as a directors viewfinder).