Reminds me of this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW5Wtvj2Ivg
Yeah, give the small screen option a try. Granted, the light leak thing is a bit of an issue. It's not a huge issue for me... Not ideal, but better than a monitor and hood option.
I shoot with the Blackmagic 4k cinema camera and the cross convert option on the 502 is just perfect. I almost went with the Gratical X (which wouldn't have the light leak problem.) But for features, price and versatility, it's the 502 all the way.
I've had the 502 and Sidefinder for about 2 months. Love them both. The Sidefinder works perfectly for me. I used to use a screen and hood setup and to me the Sidefinder is so much better. One thing about it, I slightly decreased the size of the screen when viewing through the side finder. I found the screen at 100% to be a bit much- perhaps this was what the review felt was "not right." I'd be curious to hear if decreasing the size of the screen changes anything for the reviewer.
PS is you go to search for "farmervision" on instagram, you can see my setup with the 502 and Sidefinder.
If it's anything like the screen on the back of the BMCC4K, it's not worth it.
I love super 8. We made a film a few years back that did well in festivals. It's 100% Super8. We even used the camera shown in this article.https://vimeo.com/12003890
I picked up a Steadicam Solo (with arm and vest) last week and I'm extremely happy with it. I'm shooting with the Blackmagic 4k production camera and it works like a dream. Shot with Glidecam systems before and this system is so much better. Balancing is super quick and build quality is amazing. I've even modified it with a vmount battery and screen (which you can see here: https://instagram.com)/farmervision/)