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Old July 8th, 2003, 02:39 PM   #1
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Any cheaper external LCD displays anywhere, anyone?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh2/con...#goto_itemInfo

That seems to be the least expensive one B&H has. I'm looking for one a little bit less expensive, I don't care if it's 2.5" either. I decided to buy a external LCD instead of a fisheye lens with "birthday money"...since the LCD crapped out on my camera, and it would cost like around $100 to get it fixed, and on top of that, 1. it would take a while to get it back to me, 2. the lcd on the camera sucks anyway.....so I think buying a external one would be a good idea, in that they are better quality, more flexible, and would cost about as much as it would to get the one on my camera fixed.

So does anyone know of where I can find one for a little bit cheaper? I was hoping around ~$120.....

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EDIT -- I found one at "profeel" for $150....they seem to have a decent rating on resellerratings....not sure though.

http://www.profeelvideo.com/showpage...nCameraMonitor

After the purchase of a accessory bracket, and rechargable AA batteries, it will still be pushin $200...

Also -- It seems there are some good deals on ebay for these monitors (the 3.8" ones)...going for like $50-100...... Should I try "the ebay way"? heh
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Old July 8th, 2003, 06:53 PM   #2
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Those 3.8" LCD monitors are the pits. They were new about 8 years ago and have horrible viewing angles, are low res and wash out with one match at about 30 paces. i"ve got one and the only time I use it is when I cannot use my 8" tube monitor.

In LCDs, you truly get what you pay for.

Very few of them have as much vertical resolution as a tired TV. Round about 240 lines. So pick carefully.

If you can power it, the AC/DC 5-7" Televisions which cost around $150 or so are much better in terms of picture and ability to be seen in daylight. Still not much resolution. But better for checking color and focus than a LCD. Just my opinion.
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Old July 8th, 2003, 06:57 PM   #3
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Ouch, bummer...

I'd look at getting a small CRT but theres the problem of getting power, and where would I mount it? Thats too much to lug around.

I may still consider one of the LCD's, how bad are they? I don't see why the viewing angle would be much of a problem since it comes on a little head thing that can be tilted in all directions....
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Old July 8th, 2003, 09:01 PM   #4
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Because even a small tilt will make the image fade to negative. And I do mean a small tilt.

Trust me, you don't want one.

You might look into a small LCD TV. Some of them are PROBABLY better than they were. And many do have a video input capability. IRRC, they were less expensive than LCD panels back when I looked. And you get TV too!
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Old July 8th, 2003, 09:14 PM   #5
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Alright, you've convinced me, :D.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=32863

That would be a steal if that went for under $100....I wonder how i'd mount it though? Oh wait, its 12VDC operated. =/ What do rechargable 12VDC battery pack/belts go for?
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Old July 8th, 2003, 09:29 PM   #6
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<<<-- Originally posted by Alex Knappenberger : Alright, you've convinced me, :D.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=32863

That would be a steal if that went for under $100....I wonder how i'd mount it though? Oh wait, its 12VDC operated. =/ What do rechargable 12VDC battery pack/belts go for? -->>>

That one is a 6", not the 3.8" we were discussing. I don't know anything about the 6 incher. Most LCD panels have a 1/4-20 or other threaded socket on the bottom.

You can get a 12 volt gel-cell on a belt for well under $100 complete with charger IIRC. Or you can roll your own. Gel cells go for anywhere from $15 up. A charger for the cells (just bought one for someone) cost about $30. Put the cell in a backpack or fanny pack. When you build the power lead for the display, place a fuse in one of the leads and very close to the battery terminal. Add the proper connector for the display and you are in business.

Caution. If you don't know much about electricity and electronics, get some help from someone who does. You'd hate to blow up your new display or melt down your battery or something equally bad.
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Old July 11th, 2003, 09:04 PM   #7
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I haven't bought anything from this place but they "look" legit. they even explain a bit about the different monitors on their site....

http://www.mp3playerstore.com

You can get a 7" widescreen LCD Display with a TV tuner for around $220. Seems pretty tough to beat...
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