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Old November 3rd, 2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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Bigger eye piece for viewfinder?

Does anyone know of something that I can attach to the view finder of a PDX-10P so as to help block out the light without having to press my eyeball right into the thing?

I find the view finder to be very small and find it very difficult to use it effectively.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 06:28 PM   #2
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I suppose you could try something like the i-cuff, although I never have:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

Personally I don't care much for the viewfinder on the PDX-10 and think the LCD panel is better for focusing. You might consider getting an LCD hood and using that instead....
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 06:58 PM   #3
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I've always been a viewfinder user because it helps get me into 'camera mode' where you're not distracted by anything other than what's coming through the lense.
If a LCD hood helps do that then I'm all for it.

Is this the sort of this you're talking about?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:06 PM   #4
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I'm not sure if that's the right size for the PDX-10. I have this one which was included for free by Sony as a promotion when I bought my camera:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

It's really basic, but it works pretty well and you can even shoot outdoors in bright sunlight. The only downside is the camera design that places all those buttons under the screen. When you put a hood on the LCD it blocks them off.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:33 PM   #5
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Thankyou Boyd - you've been very helpful :)
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #6
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I have a ton of accessories that I use on my PDX10 listed on the following page. You can see I Use the Eye-Cuff on mine. Links on the page.

http://home.columbus.rr.com/deepblue...al/Studio.html

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Old November 6th, 2005, 03:48 PM   #7
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wow
the camera looks huge with all that stuff

what's your favourite bit?
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Old November 10th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #8
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Well, if I had to give it all up and rebuild the whole kit it would be a tossup depending on what I am shooting. The parts I consider invaluable to me are I suppose, in order;

1). I know some folks don't like or trust the little Azden 100LT kit but mine saved my butt one day. Using a pro lectrosonic UHF kit and I was getting some swishing sort of interferance from something. Switched to the then brand new not yet fully tested Azden and saved the 4 hour shoot on location.

2). The Cinetactics MattBlox as the camera is great but it needs better shading for the lens. (and it looks damn cool on the set - impresses folks and really, really works)

3). The big Bescor battery. I never want to worry about running out of juice in the field, ever. I can go about 9 hours or more on this batery, charges from a cigar lighter socket, fused and has a matching Sony connector to plug it right in.

4). The .65HR WA adapter. Sometimes more is more.

5). The VZRock zoom controller. It has the rec/pause button. Very helpful. Smoother zooms than hitting the button on the camera. Reduces camera shake etc.

This is all assuming the tripod is already available. The crane is really cool but I have only really used it for 3 shots I can recall. They really helped make the videos but it's a big expense if you don't have the spare cash.

GlideCam 2000 helped make the music video I helped shoot. That was a big plus.

Also, not listed on the web page yet but my newest gadget is this:
http://store.yahoo.com/cinemasupplies/gripexsucvac.html

I bought this to use with a short video I have been writing a script for recently. It will also be used a lot on the music video I am doing for a rockabilly band this spring. Test footage from inside and on the hood look pretty impressive so far.

Note: I am going to have to send back my Tiffen Circular Polorizer as the inside and outside rings have seperated a bit and if I attach the WA adapter to the CP, it shakes. Not a good thing. In their defense, I doubt they would recommend putting that heavy WA adapter on the CP.

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