***This is a Spoof Video. A little humor here.
Robin Schmidt over at El Skid Blog posted a review of the Letus Hawk viewfinder. He breaks it down for us very nicely. Robin is very honest in his review. He did take the time to let the manufacture defend their products faults. Here is what he has to say about the Letus Hawk Viewfinder.
Check it out here.
“Putting the full Redrock, Hawk (and chamois cover) to my eye I have to say I really liked it. For all the niggles and annoyances listed above the moment you put the Hawk to your eye and start shooting they all start to ease away. I have the Redrock balanced perfectly now and adding a viewfinder to the mix makes the whole system feel very stable. The Hawk delivers the best version of the screen I’ve seen optically. And that’s its big promise, ’3 custom lenses in 2 groups’ – so you’d expect it to be good. The Z-Finder always used to make what I was seeing look smeary and dirty but the Hawk is clean and clear, with a small amount of barrelling around the corners but not so you’d really care. It features 2.75x magnification which is a decent compromise (possibly still a little too much for me, but it’s all personal preference). As I said before you can see pixels and that does make it hard to really judge focus on wider shots where the details are smaller, particularly text, and that’s a problem for me. You can adjust the focus of the Hawk with a beautifully smooth diopter but make sure the lens unit is fully screwed in or you could mistake it for the diopter itself, I did! Did it fog up? Yes, but I’d been running with the camera and was sweating when I put it up to my eye. At all other times it stayed clear and usable. Just out of curiosity I decided to put the old Z-Finder on the camera just for a giggle to see if I’d been too harsh on it. It fogged up in under a minute. That’s just not acceptable. I’ve now sold it.”
I shot this for The Photoletariat and thought you might dig it.
Here is a Quick Take on the brand new Monitor X HDSLR Viewfinder from JAG35. The Monitor X is a great alternative to the standard loupe type viewfinder. It will work with glasses and can also be used as a two-eye viewfinder. The Monitor X can be seen from a few feet away without distortion. This makes it a great tool for both the camera operator and a director or client to view the image while shooting. The frame for the Monitor X attaches to the LCD screen on the back of the camera. TheMonitor X mounts to the frame easily and can be removed quickly. If you wear glasses or prefer to use both eyes while shooting video, this is a great solution. The JAG35 Monitor X HDSLR Viewfinder retails for $159.00 US.
Here is a Quick Take on the new Light Craft Workshop Big Eye MC Pro LCD Loupe Kit, better know as an LCD viewfinder. The LCW Big Eye is made of Silicone Rubber and at first glance seemed a bit odd. I got used to it pretty quickly. Included with the kit is a big eyecup and sticky back frame. We really dig the frame system for viewfinders; it provides enough support to keep the viewfinder in place while shooting and easily comes off when needed. The additional rubber eyecup is Big and soft for long shooting days. The LCW Big Eye has a really nice 3X optical magnification. The optics is encased in an all-metal housing with a knurled knob adjustment ring. The optics seemed to be very clear and the magnification works well. I was surprised at the overall quality of the viewfinder for the price. The Big Eye Kit Retails for just under $150 from the LCW website.
*** I did not get a chance to mount the viewfinder or try and fog it up yet. I will update here next week with a field report.
By: Jared Abrms
The crew at JAG35 picked up on these very inexpensive HDSLR viewfinders from Germany. The DigiFinder Pro comes with a frame assembly similar to the Zacuto sticky back frame. The viewfinder is available in both 2.5″ and 3″ sizes. They claim “It magnifies the display about 2.75X and prevents glaring ambient light from affecting the view on the display.” I am a big fan of a viewfinder of some kind for video shooting. An eyepiece will also add an additional point of stability for hand held shooting. I have not tested this viewfinder yet. I should be getting one from the JAG35 crew sometime this week. They will be selling them here on their site for around $60 US.