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Old November 6th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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Mounting a small monitor / evf to 5D

I'm thinking of getting either a zacuto evf or a small monitor (less than 7'') for my 5d3.

How are most of you mounting them onto your DSLRs? Assuming I do not wish to use the hotshoe mount than comes with most monitors, is there a simple way of mounting?
For the events I do, I would rather not bulk up the camera too much with rails, but i am not against it if need be. The wooden camera medium cage seems quite nice, anyone has expereince with that?
I need it to be sturdy and be able to easily go from tripod to glidecam without much fuss.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Again, I'm not opposed to rails if need be, but Ideally under $300... though i can go higher if need be (~$500-700?). Again, I'm not opposed to rails if need be, but preferably under $500.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Donald, I purchased a IndiPro tools 5" monitor this past March for my 5DM3. It's not a bad monitor for the price. The resolution is only 800x480, but it has built in peaking and several other features. I bought it at B&H for around $225.00 I've also attached this monitor to my C100 at times. You can also get it with a Canon battery mount. I believe this monitor is the same as the Ikan VL5 monitor. I had a cheaper 7" monitor, but it was too big for the camera IMHO.

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Old November 6th, 2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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Quick note: Placing a monitor on there while flying a glidecam might be iffy.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 05:04 AM   #4
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Re: Mounting a small monitor / evf to 5D

I was actually looking more for mounting solutions. would a cage setup or rail system be better?

Also, anyone has experience with this monitor?
Marshall Electronics - V-LCD51 5" Small 800 x 480 Camera-Top / Portable Field Monitor with HDMI
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Old November 8th, 2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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Just a thought.. I spent a lot of dough on a smallHD 5" monitor, which is pretty great with super handy features. BUT, I leave it in the bag. I find it makes the 5D unwieldy, set up time and battery changing is easy but just adds more concerns and potential complications. I installed Magic lantern and find the 5D lcd fine for focusing and exposure. I can even rack focus.
I will keep the monitor, though, for studio work and more controlled shoots...
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Old November 8th, 2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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It's expensive but I think the Edelkrone system is my favorite. It starts with the handstrap that uses the strength of your arm to stabilize and hold the camera forward of the sensor plane instead of the still photo squeeze by the side approach. I also prefer it over handles of a rail system. The Edelkrone design puts the SmallHD with it's flip up loupe on an outrigger at the right spot to the side and forward to back. It's all based on well understood ergonomics from decades of work refining the camera-man-machine interface. YMMV
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Old November 8th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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Donald,
I've tried different mounting points using an arm, a bracket for my tripod and monopod handle, hotshoe, and for me I found the hotshot worked best.

Like Brian mentioned I've spent money on different monitors an I really don'tuseitas much as I thought I would. I've also added color bars to my5DM3 so that I could calibrate the IndiPro and I still don't use it that much. I shot a wedding this past September and I had the 5D on a tripod and after I had everything focused and framed, I didn't use it again that day.

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Old November 9th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #8
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I want a monitor mostly because I'm a tad tired of guestimating my focus during longer takes for stage events where i can't stop the recording to use the focus magnification.

Btw, will the 5D3's hdmi out with firmware 1.2.1 be clean enough to fill up the whole 5'' lcd51 monitor? Or would any other monitor be better for this?
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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Donald, I have 1.2.1 installed and I'm able to output the same thing I see on the lcd of the camera. My 5" has native 5D Canon live output. I've also added color bars to my 5D so that I can calibrate the monitor. I have included a pic of a framed shot. I looked at the monitor that you're referring to, but I didn't want to spend the additional $$ since the resolution was 800x480.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 02:51 AM   #10
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I don’t use the hotshoe, I use my 5D3 for stills too and I’m scared to break the mount and lose connection with the flash. I made a half cage that I attach monitor, H1, wireless receiver or mic. I got 5 holes where I can attach coldshoe or screw direct though to the gadget.

I always got a Elderkrone pocketrig on my camera and the half cage is attached to the short rails on the rig. It’s a net rig and easy to use if you like follow focus (wish I did before but don’t use any more).

I use the monitor most for the reason to not over heat the camera during long shots indoors. Or if I got a producer that what’s to see what I’m shooting. I just don’t like the mini HDMI connection, it’s too loose and some time I lose the image (that the reason I don’t believe in the Ninja 2 solution).

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Old November 12th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #11
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Donald, I have 1.2.1 installed and I'm able to output the same thing I see on the lcd of the camera. My 5" has native 5D Canon live output. I've also added color bars to my 5D so that I can calibrate the monitor. I have included a pic of a framed shot. I looked at the monitor that you're referring to, but I didn't want to spend the additional $$ since the resolution was 800x480.
Does the output shrink when you hit record?

Markus: I'm looking at the wooden camera quick cage (medium) and cheese handle bar. It looks like quite a nice solution with plenty of mounting holes. Does anyone use that?
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Does the output shrink when you hit record?
on the 5DIII the output don't shrink, that was a "problem" on 5DII.

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Markus: I'm looking at the wooden camera quick cage (medium) and cheese handle bar. It looks like quite a nice solution with plenty of mounting holes. Does anyone use that?
it looks like a nice solution, I have not used any wooden camera gear. But one thing that have really been good with a cage is that it have saved my camera and connections a few times.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 05:53 AM   #13
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on the 5DIII the output don't shrink, that was a "problem" on 5DII.



it looks like a nice solution, I have not used any wooden camera gear. But one thing that have really been good with a cage is that it have saved my camera and connections a few times.
I see, thanks for confirming that. Really important to me that the image doesn't shrink!
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