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This review is from: 2.8X LCD View Finder Viewer Extender V1 for Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 7D, 500D (Electronics)
I priced a similar viewer in my local camera shop It was priced at 150 euro! I also looked longingly at the zacuto z finder viewer which was marked at a wallet busting 400 euro. I thought there must a cheaper alternative on amazon and there is!
This viewer is a bargain in my opinion and an absolutely essential piece of kit if you plan to shoot a lot of video on your DSLR. It essentially magnifies your screen by 3 times enabling you to get sharp focus when you are manually focusing the lens while shooting video.
This viewer comes in two parts. Firstly a thin rectangular metal plate which you have to attach around the screen of your DSLR (in my case a canon 7D). This plate has glue strips on the back. You have peel off the paper coverings and press down firmly on the plate to attach it around your screen. The instructions recommend that you leave something heavy on top of the plate for at least an hour to ensure a good bond. So I left my ex wife sitting on top of the camera for a whole night. Well no actually I placed a small metal statue on top and left it overnight and the plate is now firmly attached.
The viewer then magnetically clips on to this plate. Once the viewer is attached it is pretty secure. However it does tend to fall off easily if you bump it against something while it's attached to the camera. So make sure you remember to take the viewer off if you are moving your camera around. It's easy to forget it's on there and knock it off accidentally.
My only slight issue with the viewer is that the rubber eyepiece is a little uncomfortable against the eye. If you are using it on a tripod to shoot your video (As I always do) its not really an issue as it not constantly pressed to your eye. But If you are doing a lot of handheld shots and pressing it tightly to your eye it can be a little uncomfortable over time.
However I think this an excellent product and I use it all the time! I would recommend it to all DSLR users who are going to be shooting video.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2014 11:50:12 GMT
Anything heavy on the camera could give you a pancake lens! Get it?
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