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Old November 1st, 2005, 03:38 AM   #1
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Im conserned about the lack of LCD on the Canon. Reports are stating that the viewfinder isnt too good. (Im used to B/W high rez viewf.)

If not that important on shoot & run stuff, it will be in a dark theater with open iris and tele, (read little depht of field) trying to track faces mooving around.

Is it possible to connect a low cost LCD display via the SDI out and through Black Magics HD Link?
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Old November 1st, 2005, 04:38 AM   #2
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Hi Per,

There is a traditional monochrome CRT viewfinder available for this camera. It's about $1500 (like any other EVF of this type). With LCD displays, you get what you pay for... I don't think any of the low cost LCDs will be worth it... but there are some higher-end, more expensive LCDs that are HD ready and include SDI input.
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Old November 1st, 2005, 07:47 AM   #3
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Hi, and thanks for the quick response.
I see your point and take it that youre referring to the mini size LCD that would be the equivalent, (as on the JVC HD100)

Im actually not too fond of B&W viewfinders. I see them only as a necessary evil. They take away much of the joy I think. On the other hand picture has to be sharp and I hear thats even more critical in hi-def.

What I was thinking of was if one could use lets say a 17" computer LCD display as a (low cost) high def. monitoring. SDI to DVI. They are light weight and would be nice replacement of SD CRTs when shooting live shows.

I am about to replace my JVC GY-DV500 with something a little more portabel and this far Canon & JVC both seems like good candidates. Its a tough decition with pros and cons. though. I do live shows, documentary & corporate work most of the time by the way.

I like the portabel look of Canon. I like the 1080i option (though I believe the 25f is what I would mostly use) I like the 20xtele-lens (though Im a bit worried about it beeing automatic) I like the SDI out and how it makes life easier in studio. I would love to finally have a flip-out LCD but also to attach my manual Canon lense.

HD100 has a flip-out, I can use my 1/2" Canon lence and my Anton Bauer battery pack. There is no SDI however and I would be locked to 720P.
Picture quality seems more or less equally good to me. Im sure both are great cameras and that Id be happy with either one. Prize will be about the same in my case. Still its hard to pick one.

Heard it before? I guess we are a few people in the same boat theese days.
Thanks for listening.
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