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Which view finder do you use for DSLR like the 5D/7D/GH4?


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#1 Nitai Lev Oren

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 04:42 AM

I saw a bunch of reviews and I wanted to buy one.

I know that zacuto is the best in the market but which one do you use?

suggestion and comments?


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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 12:33 PM

I use the Cineroid Retina viewfinder with Wooden Camera EVF mount on Red/C300/100/Cion/DSLR cameras. Works great for the price. If I only needed SDI input, no outputs, and could always power thru d-tap then I would probably get a Zacuto Eye. The Zacuto Graticle HD is too expensive for me.

The Cineroid is sharp enough with the peaking to pull focus from, not too big and heavy, has good exposure tools, 1:1 focus zoom, custom guides, custom anamorphic scaling, four user keys, HDMI-SDI conversion, SDI loop thru, powers off of Canon LP-E6 batteries and d-tap.

The only problems I have with it are due to poor build quality, mostly the plastic loupe which feels cheap, fragile, and has light leaks. But it is also very lightweight. The monitor itself is all aluminum, but the tiny screws that hold the 1/4-20 thread adapter can strip over time. And the plastic battery plate has little tabs to hold the battery snug which can snap off easily. You can work around these things, but it's a hassle. So if you are rough with your gear, then it might not be the best choice. That said, mine has survived three years of constant abuse and is still going.

Whichever model you get, it is well worth it to invest in a proper pivoting EVF mounting system like the Wooden Camera. The mount allows the viewfinder to tilt freely with adjustable tension, swing forward or back, slide side-to-side, and come off in seconds. It speeds up your camera setup time so you can keep shooting, which is especially important in documentary. This week I had to use a Noga arm on the client's camera since they didn't have a top cage and we missed a bunch of shots because I had to stop and re-adjust the eyepiece for every shot. Very frustrating.
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#3 Nitai Lev Oren

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 02:28 PM

I saw to products more cheeper like the:

 

Kamerar QV-1 LCD Viewfinder

 

 

Tarion TR-V1

 

 

VF4 LCD View Finder


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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 03:53 PM

I see - those are actually just loupes, they magnify the screen that's already on the camera. Haven't really used those, sorry.
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#5 Nitai Lev Oren

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 03:56 PM

what is the difference between  loupes to the Cineroid Retina?


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Posted 03 July 2016 - 04:32 PM

what is the difference between  loupes to the Cineroid Retina?

 

It has a built-in retina monitor in the viewfinder. It doesn't use the cameras screen. Several advantages, including being able to move the entire viewfinder away from the camera body. In reality, it's just an external monitor with a viewfinder cup attached. 


Edited by Landon D. Parks, 03 July 2016 - 04:34 PM.

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#7 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 03:46 PM

I have the Kamerar QV-1 LCD Viewfinder.

I have tried in on Canon 5D mk3, 70D, Nikon D750...
I like the ability to adjust it up/down/left/right.
Some (slight) diopter adjustments, all in all nice device.

 

On the Nikon D750 it didn't fit well vertically.
I think i couldn't get lower so some small part on the bottom of the screen,

like half letters of the shutter, aperture were cropped. Might have been the opposite, but

the main view area was still visible.

...

 

I got mine at a very good price from aliexpress.com.
~45 USD and free shipping.

 

Any more questions about it, feel free to ask.

 

 

Best

 

Igor


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#8 Nitai Lev Oren

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 04:10 PM

45$ ? are you sure it's not a scam? it is half the price


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#9 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 05:05 PM

I know it's a LOT cheaper then other online places, but that's the product.

...

 

I've just did a comparison between your above video review and my finder

in front of me. All same but difference in the make/model plate on top of it,

where in the above video it has also the Kamerar logo - the circle and "K"

 

All else the same. :)

 

Now who's the scammer? Who's making the profit?

 

Just type in "KAMERAR QV-1" on Ali and seek out a seller with good rating, product feedback and good price.

 

Best.

 

Igor

 

PS: i was about to send you link from the seller i bought mine, but they are out of the product.
Still other sellers available with similar prices.

 
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#10 Daniel Reed

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 06:46 PM

loupes when used on the back of a DSLR add a surprising amount of stabilization.

 

Apparently our necks are good at doing that for our eyes!

 

Here's a short I shot six years ago w/ a loupe connected by rubber bands to a 5D:

https://www.youtube....h?v=jj8k3H0McU8

 

Compared to most of the wheeled dolly shots,

most of the handheld stuff required less/no post stabilization 

 

It was on older hoodman loupe and worked similar to this:

HSLRM.jpg


Edited by Daniel Reed, 05 July 2016 - 06:51 PM.

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#11 Nitai Lev Oren

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 04:37 AM

nice movie daniel, all shot with no tripod just the LCD view finder?


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