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Old May 25th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #1
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Homemade LCD-loupe for the Z7

With a lot of sowing help from my wife, I made this viewfinder for the LCD-screen of the Z7. It attaches to the screen with velcro, the body is in plastic (from a DVD-box) and it is covered with black cloth in order to make the velcro stick. The loupe comes from an old Mamyia C33 focusing ocular, which has exactly the good coverage and focus distance. Of course that distance will depend on your dioptry correction if you wear glasses, like I do.

The loupe is put slightly out of centre to the left, as I focus with my left eye. It flaps open to be able to see the entire screen.

This way the Z7 becomes a shouldermounted camera, whcih is a blessing for my right arm, especially when the rather heavy wide-angle convertor is mounted.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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Very nice, when are you going to start production? :)
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Old May 26th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #3
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Very nice, when are you going to start production? :)
As soon as my wife's fingers have healed and she's talking to me again.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 02:42 AM   #4
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I made also homemade loupe for the Z5 that functions also for the Z7!
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/sony-hvr-...-fx1000-2.html
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Old June 4th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #5
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I would like to try to build something using the magnifier piece from all of the old Sony viewfinders on the pro cameras. They had a weak hinge that was always getting broken off. But it had excellent magnification and it also has a diopter adjustment to suit different vision capabilities. I think it was the DFX-501 electronic viewfinder. There should be tons of them laying around, no longer in use. But engineering pieces like this are not my strong point.
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