December 23rd, 2009, 04:21 AM
Just want to say that my LCDVF arrived this morning. Less than 24 hours to arrive in UK from Estonia. I tracked it all the way on the DHL website (was up all night working on something else).
I thought it worth posting because all seemed to have gone quiet for some months. I only was aware that it was being delivered when I read a post by Dan Chung that mentioned it in passing.
First impressions are excellent. I look forward to using it over the Christmas period.
December 24th, 2009, 04:44 AM
I fitted the LCDVF to my 5Dmk2 last night.
It's a bit like looking into a snow globe. You see the scene a lot better than just using the LCD screen and it seems like you are looking into another little world. It was a bit of a shock seeing just how much difference it made.
Focusing seemed a bit disappointing at first. I soon realised that this is because the definition of the LCD on the camera isn't that great.
Although it looked a bit more vague than I had expected, every time I used the x10 button to check part of a scene that I had focused without using the x5 or x10 magnification buttons it turned out to be in focus.
I love the magnetic attachment system. The LCDVF comes off and on so easily. For low level shots etc you would probably want to check focus and then take it off.
Here is a tip for attaching the frame to the camera that I will pass on for anyone who has just bought an LCDVF.
The instructions suggest that you experiment with getting the positioning spot on before you glue the metal frame.
Somewhere else on the web I had read a suggestion to position the metal frame _with it attached to the LCDVF_, fix it and then take the LCDVF off to massage the frame properly so that it sticks, as per the instructions.
I followed this suggestion, with a lens attached (you need to replace the lens with a lens plug when you place a weight on the camera while the glue strengthens), pointed at a bright subject so the LCD screen was nice and bright. This makes it easy to position the LCDVF precisely. You can clearly see how it is lined up before you allow the adhesive to make contact (even if it does do so a bit you can pull it off and reposition if it is not quite right).
There's a little tab on the metal frame at top right (if you have orientated it as per the instructions). If you put a thumb on that and pull the LCDVF off the frame will stay on and can be fixed according to the method described in the instructions (replacing the lens with the lens plug when you put a weight on the camera for 15 minutes whilst the glue strengthens).
This seemed like the most foolproof method of placing the frame correctly.
If this sounds complicated. It wasn't. It was quick. I have probably just spent too much time describing it!
February 3rd, 2010, 05:28 AM
Here's a clip using the LCDVF in tricky conditions: low light, shallow depth of field, moving subjects.
Filmed at Dalriada, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dalriada on Vimeo
February 5th, 2010, 04:58 PM
All shot using the LCDVF.
Dalriada on Vimeo
February 5th, 2010, 05:11 PM
That was really well done. Can you tell me what your setup was? Lenses, Settings etc...?
February 5th, 2010, 05:24 PM
Lens was a Nikon 50mm F1.4 opened right up.
ISO was 1250.
Shutter was 1/30th.
Colour temperature 3600.
Using the standard setting.
Interior sound was via a Rode Stereomic plugged straight into the camera ie relying on the autolevels.
Exterior sound ie the surf, was via a DPA 4061 stereo pair (taped to a coathanger) into a Fostex FR2LE via an SD302 mixer.
I was using an old non-Ai lens that I bought used off Ebay just before Christmas (had to break a bit off to make it fit).
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