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Old September 9th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #1
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Hoodman EX1 KIT for improved LCD viewing

Hoodman here...
Fellow EX1 users wanting to improve your outdoor LCD viewing performance... Hoodman has just began shipping its EX1 kit. Here is a link that will give you all the information you need...
HOODMAN EX1 KIT-Hoodman Corporation

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Old September 9th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #2
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Lou,

It looks like a winner! I'll be ordering one soon.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #3
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Just ordered mine today with overnight shipping. Hopefully it arrives by the time I need it for a weekend shoot.

Will report back on how it works.

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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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I just ordered the EX1 kit from Hoodman, which seemed to be in stock as of yesterday. With ground shipping and tax it totalled about $175, but hopefully will really come in handy for those times in low DOF situations where focus is critical and easy to get slightly off, only to realize when viewing on a larger monitor later.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #5
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I have a silly question- why not use a viewfinder then? I am not sure what is the advantage of turning an LCD into a viewfinder?
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Old September 10th, 2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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Not silly at all but the EX1's LCD is excellent and with a loupe on it rivals the sharpness and resolution of a highdef external monitor -good enough for accurate focus. Unfortunately, the EX1 viewfinder resolution is mediocre, hence the need for a good, reliable loupe for the LCD.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #7
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I'll probably get one, but Peaking has been working great for me so far.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #8
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Here are a couple of pictures of my new Hoodman attachment that arrived today via UPS. I haven't shot anything with it yet, but I'm pretty impressed...sharp image, nice design and build. The only thing is the eye piece seems slightly rigid, not like the soft rubbery kind that comes with the EX1. I'll just have to get used to it.

Attached at the bottom of the camera is a Quick Release Pro attachment manufactured in Portland, OR. It's great for attaching two wireless mics via velcro or for just placing the camera on the ground or any flat surface. I have it on my EX1 at all times.

Another nice thing about the QRP adapter and the Hoodman viewfinder combo is it makes it easy to brace the camera against my body, put my eye up to the viewfinder while supporting the combo with my left hand under the QRP. This is definitely the steadiest I've been able to handhold this camera without a shoulder mount...the extra weight from the QRP is a benefit. I can still reach the focus wheel with the fingers on my left hand.

Outside of interchangeable lenses, genlock and the other advantages of the EX3, the Hoodman really takes the EX1 up a notch. Looking forward to putting it to the test outdoors this weekend.

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Old September 11th, 2009, 05:02 AM   #9
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Here are a couple of pictures of my new Hoodman attachment that arrived today via UPS. I haven't shot anything with it yet, but I'm pretty impressed...sharp image, nice design and build. The only thing is the eye piece seems slightly rigid, not like the soft rubbery kind that comes with the EX1. I'll just have to get used to it.

Attached at the bottom of the camera is a Quick Release Pro attachment manufactured in Portland, OR. It's great for attaching two wireless mics via velcro or for just placing the camera on the ground or any flat surface. I have it on my EX1 at all times.

Another nice thing about the QRP adapter and the Hoodman viewfinder combo is it makes it easy to brace the camera against my body, put my eye up to the viewfinder while supporting the combo with my left hand under the QRP. This is definitely the steadiest I've been able to handhold this camera without a shoulder mount...the extra weight from the QRP is a benefit. I can still reach the focus wheel with the fingers on my left hand.

Outside of interchangeable lenses, genlock and the other advantages of the EX3, the Hoodman really takes the EX1 up a notch. Looking forward to putting it to the test outdoors this weekend.

Forrest
You might try using Hoodman WristShot: http://www.hoodmanusa.com/prodinfo.asp?number=H-WS1. I have used it along with the HoodLoupe 3.0 (prior to the new adaptors) and it worked out quite well - frees up your left hand completely and transfers the weight to your right forearm.

I also like the new unit (Hoodriser etc.) - looking forward to using it for a real trial this afternoon.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 05:46 AM   #10
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What would be very interesting to me (and I guess to others as well), is to see a photo of a person actually using the EX1 with Hoodman loupe against his/her eye. Could some of you guys provide us with one?
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Old September 11th, 2009, 08:10 AM   #11
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Nice solution

from the looks of it, it seems to be just what the doctor ordered for ex1 users. I may have kept my ex1 if this existed a year ago.

good job hoodman... and much cheaper than zacuto.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #12
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from the looks of it, it seems to be just what the doctor ordered for ex1 users.
Yes it does; however seeing the actual position of the hand-held camera, with the loupe against the operator's eye, would be worth more than 1,000 words...

In Forrest's grabs it seems to me like it's a bit too short for comfortable positioning the camera. The EX1's own viewfinder makes hand-held shooting very easy - what a pity its resolution is so low!
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:35 AM   #13
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Yes it does; however seeing the actual position of the hand-held camera, with the loupe against the operator's eye, would be worth more than 1,000 words...

In Forrest's grabs it seems to me like it's a bit too short for comfortable positioning the camera. The EX1's own viewfinder makes hand-held shooting very easy - what a pity its resolution is so low!
I flip the viewfinder up and out of the way and at least for me it feels comfortable.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 01:25 PM   #14
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What would be very interesting to me (and I guess to others as well), is to see a photo of a person actually using the EX1 with Hoodman loupe against his/her eye. Could some of you guys provide us with one?
I'll try to get someone to snap a couple of shots of me this weekend. I'll be giving it a workout during my daughter's soccer games on Saturday and Sunday in the Seattle area.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 02:19 PM   #15
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Anyone concerned that the hinge isn't up to the job of holding any additional weight or stress.
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