The crew over at JAG35 sent me the new Digi Finder Pro viewfinder for HDSLR’s. This is a great solution to the problem of shooting video in Live View with the LCD monitor on the camera. The Digi Finder is actually a pretty cool viewfinder for the money. The viewfinder utilizes a frame system attached to the LCD screen on the back of the camera. This makes it very easy to take the viewfinder on and off. The frame is pretty flimsy. I would suggest getting a few as backups. The eyepiece itself collapses down to a mere two inches when closed. This will save space in the camera bag. When opened it locks down very well. The diopter does lock down by twisting it clockwise. I discovered that after the Quick Take. I tried it with a Canon 5D Mark II and it covered the LCD quite well. JAG35 is selling them here in the US for around $60. Digifinder also sells them direct for around 50 EUR.
I was in Chicago teaching the Canon EOS moving image workshop this last week and I thought I might as well stop by Zacuto and see what was going on over there. I was surprised to find that they also have a rental house in the basement along side the manufacturing they do there in house. I hit up Steve Weiss for some info on the accessory for the Z finder that has been talked about here on C5D. I also asked him the most obvious question of them all. Why so expensive? Steve was candid in his response, making stuff here in the states is not cheap and a lifetime warranty also comes with a price. I must admit they run a great shop and have some cool people putting the gear together. C5D cameraman Chris Collins hooked up this edit.
The final episode in the Great Camera Shootout of 2010 deals with “green screen, resolution, pseudo RAW and color.” Top film makers discuss the results of the shootout and the ever popular Canon t2i is introduced to the tests. This series has been a great opportunity to see the results of HDSLR’s Vs. 35mm motion picture film.
This is supposed to fit into two backpacks!
Gail Mooney and her daughter Erin Kelly are about to depart on a worldwide trip to shoot a Documentary with Canon HDSLR’s The Film will be called “Opening Our Eyes, about ordinary people who are making a positive difference globally, on a grass roots level.” Gail has outlined her gear list on her blog “Journey’s of a Hybrid”. In her post about the gear she plans to bring, Gail claims that all of her gear will fit into two backpacks. I have to admit they must be HUGE backpacks as this looks like a ton of gear. Here is a little snippet from the boring Press Release. “Mooney and Kelly will return on September 2, 2010, after circling the globe and filming people on 6 continents. Their first stop is Entebbe, Uganda; from there they will travel to Turkey, Poland, Russia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, Peru, and Argentina.” Gail plans to take both motion and stills on her voyage. The HDSLR’s are a perfect solution for this type of work. Good luck to both Gail and Kelly. Stay safe out there. Thanks to Photo Cine News for bringing this to my attention.