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I've just got back from a painting course, painting landscapes on site. I had trouble judging the first tones and my distant mountains were too dark. One of the other students got out one of these little beauties and showed me how to look through the small hole. Instantly I could see that in fact my mountain was too dark! I had been judging the colour against the bright sky, but when isolated next to the mid grey of the view catcher, I could judge the correct colour and tone of the mountain really well. I bought myself one of these and then was shocked to see how cheap it was on Amazon. I should have looked here first. Never mind. At least you are looking in the right place.
My version has a small hole in one corner of the rectangular frame as well as the hole in the sliding plate shown here. This makes the use of the tone-finder hole even easier. Mine also has markers for popular board sizes for outdoor work: 12 x 16, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 8 x 12 and 9 x 12, so if you use these formats it is much easier to use this than, say, a pair of cardboard Ls or a camera as you will have the exact proportions of the edges. These formats are for inch measurements but since they are ratios they work with cm too.

Handy modification:
I didn't think I would use the actual viewfinder section as I use my camera as a viewfinder BUT, if you stick a piece of clear plastic film to one side of the outer frame, you can mark it with a grid of thirds or quarters, for example, to help you draw more accurately. Use a permanent marker that works on plastic and make sure you leave it to dry thoroughly.
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on 4 February 2016
Mine came with nothing whatsoever. No card as shown in the photo. No 8-page instruction guide as shown on the photo. Nothing. One grey plastic square.
Customer service though is excellent and has managed to find me a pdf.Only one page though, really curious to know what's on the other 7.
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on 21 October 2016
I've been an artist and art teacher for years usually make little cardboard viewfinders for students, which do the job but fall apart eventually. I saw this for the first time when watching 'Landscape artist of the year' - thought what a brilliant idea and ordered one immediately. My only expectation was a variable sized hole, so was delighted to find that it actually has measurements marked on the frame so you can tailor it to whatever size paper or canvas you are using. A little gem! I will be recommending it to my students in future.
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on 29 June 2015
Really pleased with this purchase ! I use it all the time now when starting a drawing or painting.
Easy to frame what you want and set it by eye to the size of your pad or use the measurements on the front and back of the viewcatcher .
Better than pieces of card, I showed it to a fellow artist who sent for one.
I did see it on other sites at £15 which was a rip off really.
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on 21 February 2017
This is an invaluable help when you are starting off learning how to paint. What's great is that there are markings on either side, so you can adjust the scaled down window to suit the size of canvas you are working on.
Simple, effective, portable little tool.
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on 24 December 2012
I paint plein air and this is te most useful tool I have ever owned for composition and the mid grey tone plastic colour is ideal for gauging the tonal value of the scene.
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on 25 April 2014
The artist's viewfinder does exactly what its meant for and helps with assessing your composition. Not much else to be said really other than it was delivered very rapidily.
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on 23 January 2013
Bought this for my husband and he is very pleased with it. You can adjust the viewfinder to whatever size you want and it gives you an idea of how your picture will look. It is the simple ideas that always turn out to be invaluable,
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on 14 October 2014
I bought this as I thought that I might find it useful as I do a lot of photography,it is a bit of a gimmick for me at the moment but the quality is good ,the price is good and its a good compact design.
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on 21 April 2016
Nice little gadget. I haven't used it yet but it is well designed and compact so easy to take with you when painting or drawing outdoors. You can create any format with it and I also like the hole that allows you to isolate a colour if need be.
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