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Can Someone Recommend an LCD Loupe for Video on a 7D?

 
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Feb 12, 2013 13:31 |  #1

Hello,

I started shooting video on my 7D and am running into a problem using LiveView. The issue is that I cannot see the screen well enough to tell if I am in focus. I use reading glasses at home, but rarely have them with me when I shoot. Even if I had them with me, I cannot use them as it would make it painful to look at anything in the distance. I also have a problem seeing the screen well due to ambient light.

I am looking for recommendations for a screen loupe that meets the following criteria:

1. Must be compatible with a 7D that uses a battery grip (some I have found do not seem to work with a BG).
2. Must have a diopter adjustment
3. Must have a sun shade
4. Would like at least 2.5x magnification
5. Relatively easy to take on and off with no damage to the camera itself
6. Decent quality
7. Affordable - I have seen some solutions that cost hundreds of dollars. I would like a solution that is no more than $150, but preferably $100 or less

Does anyone have a product they can recommend based on experience that meets the above criteria? Please let me know if I am missing something or if my wish list is unrealistic.

Thanks so much!
Chip


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Feb 12, 2013 13:34 |  #2

I'm not aware of anything that meets your desired specs AND price. I love my zacuto z-finder. Just like with camera lenses and reading glasses, you get what you pay for.

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Feb 12, 2013 14:32 |  #3

Hi Joe,

I realize I may be wishing for too much here. Just want to check - can you use the Z-finder with a battery grip?


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Feb 12, 2013 14:45 |  #4

I use the Z-Finder 2.5x myself and it is def by far the best option out there. I use the Zacuto stick on frames and dont bother with the Z-Finder mount that they come with. I sold that to reduce the cost of the Z-Finder.


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Feb 12, 2013 14:54 |  #5

After looking at Zacuto's website I can see that their Pro models look top notch. Still, $400+ is more than I want to spend at this time. I see they are running a special on their junior model. I can get the Junior for $165, a stick on frame for $6, and the $12 extender frames to hopefully be able to focus the image. Does anyone have experience using a Junior with extended frames?

If I want to use their non-sticking frame it would be an extra $105 for a frame that fits my battery grip.


Camera: Canon 70D and 7D with grips,
Canon lenses: 100-400 Mark II, 70-200F2.8, 300F4 IS, 85F1.8, 50F1.8, 17-55 F2.8 EFS, and 1.4x extender
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Feb 12, 2013 15:25 |  #6

I think I may go with the CarrySpeed product. I would have to take my grip off, but it seems to offer the best combination of features.


Camera: Canon 70D and 7D with grips,
Canon lenses: 100-400 Mark II, 70-200F2.8, 300F4 IS, 85F1.8, 50F1.8, 17-55 F2.8 EFS, and 1.4x extender
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Feb 12, 2013 15:26 |  #7

The carryspeed doesn't look too bad. If you have a local camera shop it's worth going to check out the various options in person.




  
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Feb 13, 2013 00:17 |  #8

I have to chime in and throw in my 2¢ on the Z-Finder. I have the old version which only came in 3.0x, the thing flat out rules. I never bought the gorilla plate thing I just have one of the sticky frames on one of my 5Ds and use it for that. The other 5D is usually tripod mounted when I'm shooting with both bodies on set.

It's worth it man. Super clear, easy to focus with, very durable and Zacuto backs it up with a great warranty. Try and buy a used one, save some $$$


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Feb 17, 2013 18:16 |  #9

MrChip wrote in post #15602513 (external link)
1. Must be compatible with a 7D that uses a battery grip (some I have found do not seem to work with a BG).
2. Must have a diopter adjustment
3. Must have a sun shade
4. Would like at least 2.5x magnification
5. Relatively easy to take on and off with no damage to the camera itself
6. Decent quality
7. Affordable - I have seen some solutions that cost hundreds of dollars. I would like a solution that is no more than $150, but preferably $100 or less

Your criteria perfectly describe the Zacuto Z-Finder - except for No. 7. Meaning, you need to decide what your priorities are: cost or performance. I own a Z-Finder with an extension frame to allow it to work on my gripped T2i. Should do the same on a gripped 7D. Quality is top notch, and if something on it goes south I'm sure Zacuto will make it good. Quality and service have a price.


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Feb 18, 2013 11:41 |  #10

I like (and own) the Letus loupe.

But price and performance are kinda like lenses (well, almost exactly like lenses, because this is a precision optical instrument!)

In other words you get what you pay for.


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Feb 18, 2013 13:20 as a reply to  @ tickerguy's post |  #11

I found a great combination that works really well for my gripped 7D. It needs something screwed into the bottom of the camera to hold on the loupe, either a battery grip or a tripod mount.

First, the loupe. I got a Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3-Inch Screen Loupe, $79.95 on Amazon (external link). It's very highly rated by Amazon customers, and I can attest to its utility. It is 3x magnification and has a diopter adjustment. I can easily use the LCD screen in direct sunlight, not possible without a loupe.

Now, the holder: the Redrock microfinder loupe accessory kit, $39.50 direct from Redrock (external link).

This combo works very well to hold the loupe tightly, yet it comes off instantly by loosening the battery grip or tripod mount. Total cost $120 plus a little shipping.


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Jun 29, 2013 21:24 |  #12

I recently bought a zacuto z finder through amazon, but within their alternative methods. The unit was listed as "new with dented box" and about $100 less than bnib. Got it thru amazon prime 2 days later in perfect shape. The box was even pristine with original round tape pads sealed. I don't understand how the marketing of this works but was glad to pay what I did and get a brand new z finder.




  
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Jul 04, 2013 06:43 |  #13

I also use the Zacuto extension frame on my gripped T2i and it works perfectly. I've never used another brand, but I can vouch for the Zacuto Z-Finder without hesitation.


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