by Sebastian Wöber | 10th September 2011
Tonis’ LCDVF viewfinder for dslrs was a very useful asset two years ago when hdslr filming started. This year his much anticipated digital version of a viewfinder will finally hit the market. The housing of the LCDVFe could already be seen at NAB in April this year, but now for IBC Tonis had 3 actualy working models with him. See the video above for a detailed walkthrough and introduction. The most important things to say about this device are the following: – very good 800×480 24bit screen – hdmi loopthrough with audio – endless features: peaking, zoom, autozoom, guides, markers, crop, anamorphic, etc… – snappy due to high processing power (Altera Cyclone FPGA processor) – very little delay (very very important!) – 15mm rod- and hotshoe-mount included – powered by 4AA batteries – diopter adjustment -3 to +2 Testing the device I found it very usable and well made, great glass (screen size in front of your eye), little optical deformation, snappy menu and processor, very sharp image. I haven’t done extensive testing on EVFs, but I did like this device, used it for about 10 minutes. Tonis says it will be available in large quantities in November. And it will probably cost 650€ ($890) Check the Kinotehnik website to preorder. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 13th April 2011
By: Sebastian Wöber Redrock, Zacuto, Cineroid, smallHD, everbody’s throwing electronic viewfinders at us. Tõnis might be the last to have a working model but I know he is a very dedicated engineer and has put a lot of effort into this one to make it a great product and still affordable. Right now I couldn’t say if he managed to get it right since all he got for NAB was a prototype version. You might notice how Tõnis emphasizes the software side of the viewfinder. Indeed some manufacturers tend to overlook how important a feature packed and easy to use interface is on a device like this. What we hear in this video sounds impressing, but we’ll have to wait until May to see if he can deliver. At $750 the specs are very promising. High res, great viewing angle, non reflective, hdmi loopthrough. We really need a comparison of all the available evfs soon. I’ll try to get hold of all the available evf’s later this year to stress test them to the max cinema5D style.Read more
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