September 22, 2014 at 12:46PM

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Field Monitor for Canon 6D

I've had problems in the past from referencing the LCD display on my camera. The problem is that when I turn the brightness up on the LCD display I lose the ability to see the "true" image the camera is recording. Would a field monitor remedy this problem? I know there's a whole other beast with setting the field monitor up properly, but I'm looking for a solution so that I can see the truest picture the camera is recording. Thoughts, suggestions?

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Use a good quality monitor ( one with proper color controls ) and a waveform display, then spend some time calibrating your monitor to match the recorded image your camera produces.

i.e. Shoot some footage then load it up in your editing software, and see how closely your monitor matches the image from your editor. ( assuming your computer monitor is already properly set-up for color )

September 22, 2014 at 2:51PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Is there a specific field monitor you would recommend?

September 22, 2014 at 4:52PM

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Cassandra
Video Editor & Motion Graphics
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I went through a bunch of cheap field monitors over the past 6 years, and finally settled on the Marshall V-LCD70MD 7 inch monitor because it has a good reputation and was very bright ( 800 nits ) compared to other monitors so it's very usable in daylight conditions. It's also upgradable to SDI connections for pro cameras.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827711-REG/Marshall_Electronics_V_...

If this is out of your budget, I would look at the ikan VK7i 7" IPS monitor
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/903393-REG/ikan_VK7i_S_7_IPS_LCD.html

If I was going to spend more than $800 on a monitor, then I would be looking at the new Convergent Design Odyssey7 OLED Monitor / Recorder, as it's an excellent external recorder as well as a professional monitor.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/963238-REG/convergent_design_odyss...

September 22, 2014 at 5:52PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I would highly recommend one of the Small HD's monitors, these monitors are awesome, very easy to operate and are really impacting the world on field monitoring check them out
here www.smallhd.com, I've used both DP7's and they are great.

September 23, 2014 at 11:44AM

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Baldwin Angeles
Director/Colorist/Editor/AC
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Cassie,

Why obsess over the "real color" if my phone/PC's monitor will look different from yours, from Guy's and from Baldwin's?

Besides, when pros shoot videos they shoot it in a flat style -- low contrast, desaturated -- this is already far-far away from "true color" and represents a bigger deviation from the true color than monitors of the different vendors have between each other.

One buys field monitors for a lot of reasons, but never for the true color.

Know what I mean?

September 23, 2014 at 6:16PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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I'm selling my Small HD DP4 EVF. Its the mega kit with everything. If you are interested shoot me an email and we can discuss. Its an excellent monitor. brettramker@gmail.com

September 24, 2014 at 12:02PM

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Actually, not all "pros" shoot flat... depending on the purpose and style, many opt to get the best image possible out of the camera. Flat is only good if you have a codec that can be graded, and a good colorist in the production funding, and the time to have all your sequences matched and color-corrected. It's not necessary on many shoots that pay, and quite frankly, getting paid to work regularly is what makes one a pro, and that's typically based on satisfied clients, not fans talking about the dynamic range of each shot.

October 9, 2014 at 8:08PM

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Zan Shin
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Small HD have agreat models, old models that now are cheap.

October 11, 2014 at 2:22PM, Edited October 11, 2:22PM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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You can also check out Delvcam.. i use that with my BMPCC and also my 6D and 7D as well.

January 1, 2015 at 2:46PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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