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Seagull LCD viewfinder
on 17 March 2011
Well ordered this a couple of days ago and it arrived this afternoon. I own a zacuto z-finder and was intruigued by the seagull LCD viewfinder to purchase one and compare.
So how does this clone stack up to the original...Well it compares favourably...Infact when side by side there's a job telling them apart at first glance. they even use the z finder on the pictures of the packaging.
Build wise it's a heavy duty plastic and the knurled wheel on the diopter is easy to use, but firm enough to retain focus. The optics are clear, though you will find it cutting the corners off when you view directly into it..but you get that with most loupe viewfinders. Focus and clarity is sharp, not sure if the optics have the anti fog coating on that the z-finder has though but will find out at the weekend as I'm on a shoot with my kit.
One niggle...only one frame mount, the portion that sticks to your camera, is supplied...bit disappointed there as a spare would have been nice. But you can get them for 6quid.
I've fitted it to one of my 5d's and it is quite a secure fit. Bit of a job putting it on at first, as it requires quite a bit of force to put it on. Once it's on though it's not going anywhere fast.
Is there a down side to this nice little bit of kit...Well if you're a stills shooter as well as a video shooter, then there may well be...the frame sticks out about 5mm from the LCD...so if you're using the viewfinder you'll find you're frame digging into your nose...Now a magnetic frame would have been a better idea, but at a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the cost of a z finder I'm not arguing too much. You could argue that you can use this via live view to shoot stills, and yes you can indeed...but the drain on the batteries is significant when live view is on.
all round a good product that does as it says on the tin...I have marked it down a couple of stars because of the lack of a spare frame and the oversight of a good magnetic frame to attach it to the camera...Might call me mean, but if they'd been thereit would have turned something good to something great.