» Posts Tagged ‘viewfinder’

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Tired of squinting at your DSRL’s LCD screen?  Maybe you need some extra lighting oomph for that indoors shoot?  These two projects aim to make your no-budget existence a bit easier.  The  first is a DIY viewfinder from Knoptop and Learning DSLR Video, and the second is a big 800-watt equivalent CFL video light from IndyMogul (accompanied by a goofy short shot with it): More »

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There were a lot of electronic viewfinders at this year’s NAB, some working and some still in the prototype stage. One common trait among the different manufacturer’s offerings was the price: most of them are targeting the $750 price point, give or take a few dollars. And while this may make sense for a $2-3k DSLR, what about for a $800 camera like Canon T3i? Redrock Micro’s microEVF, announced at last year’s NAB but yet to ship, is now aiming to cut the price of other EVFs in half. Of course, they announced the microEVF a year ago, so we’ll see when it ships… More »

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It’s hard to describe the sheer enormity of NAB — there are several halls of exhibitors (grouped loosely into categories like Acquisition, Post-Production, Delivery, etc.), and each hall is the size of an entire “normal” tradeshow. While I’ll have some wrap-up thoughts later in the week, now that it’s the final day of NAB I’ve finally figured out that, rather than talking about an individual manufacturer’s entire product lineup, I should group similar products from different companies together in one post and wrap them together with any analysis or firsthand experience I can provide. Up first: electronic viewfinders (EVFs), from Zacuto, Cineroid, SmallHD, LCDVF, and others. More »

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This is a perfect example of why I decided to scrap my own video coverage; NAB is being covered by dozens of camera crews and the minute one interview is over, another one starts. Rather than ask the same questions as the FreshDV crew — who do a great job at NAB every year and has a crew of editors cutting around the clock — let ‘s just take a look at their coverage of the Zacuto booth: More »

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SmallHD has announced a new 4.3″ DP4 monitor for $549 (or $749 with their new viewfinder attachment). SmallHD doesn’t have a booth at NAB proper, instead throwing a party nearby; here’s FreshDV with their great annual NAB coverage of the monitor’s launch: More »

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Hot on the heels of Redrock announcing their microEVF, Zacuto has announced a similar HDMI viewfinder, the Z-finder EVF. Both promise to allow filmmakers to operate their DSLR much more like a real video/film camera thanks to positional flexibility. But while neither are available yet, in terms of pricing and specifications, there are some important questions: More »

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LCD viewfinders to date have been relatively simple, fixed magnifiers that are basically loupes that magnify your DSLR’s rear LCD screen. There’s just one problem with using these solutions — you have to be directly behind the camera at eye level to use them. To remedy this problem, Redrock Micro is today showing off their microEVF, a self-powered electronic viewfinder that uses a DSLR’s HDMI output to feed the eyepiece image. It’s flexible in the way that a real viewfinder is — meaning, it tilts up and down, and generally allows you to use your DSLR much more like an actual videocamera. More »