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Old February 16th, 2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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LCD viewfinder for XF305?

Does anyone make a Zacuto-type viewfinder for the XF305?

I tried my Zacuto from my Canon 5D2. The image on the LCD is stunning when magnified and I can cradle the camera on my shoulder, but the Zacuto is not wide enough.

Appreciate any leads.

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Old December 26th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

Would the smallhd dp4 viewfinder/loupe only be able fit this? or be modified to fit this?
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Old December 26th, 2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

I found out that the Hoodman loupe with the Rizer added fits the LCD, with just a little cut-off on the ends.

I think that Hoodman now makes a loupe for the XF305 that includes the entire screen.
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Old December 26th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #4
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

Yes they do - and it's very good too. The only downside is that the LCD tends to twist because of the extra weight. However, I find that until I work out a way of supporting it properly, a sliver of gaffer tape keeps it in position well enough...
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Old December 26th, 2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

I find a black soft hair band (used for ponytails) hooked around anything mounted on the hot shoe does the job. I use the UV joint adaptor for my LED light, adds just enough extra support.
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Old December 27th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #6
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

That sounds like a more elegant solution Matt - I'll try that.
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Old December 28th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #7
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Re: LCD viewfinder for XF305?

Here is another EVF solution and a shoulder system for the 300/305.

Contact me if you are interested in this system. Ot it can be ordered here:
Canon 305 EVF shoulder brace

I have other solutions as well, but this is the best it uses the Zakuto EVF and it balances the camera very nicely.
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