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Old May 27th, 2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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Zucato EVF vs. the smallhd 6dp

For wedding work, when would you use an EVF over a monitor? I'm used to EVF's for videocameras, but reluctant on dslr's, one because of the focus accuracy and two because it seems like the unit would move all over the place when you put your face up to it.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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Greg - I just started using the dp6 and like it a lot. For me the EVFs seemed too confining, for example if you wanted to position the cam at a low angle, your face would have to be right down there with it. The dp6 comes with dslr presets so it scales everything nicely and uses all of the screen. The one drawback for 5D users is the that the output reverts back to SD when you hit record making it harder to focus (not a problem with the 7D). The latest firmware though includes peaking and false color which helps.

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Old May 29th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #3
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Could someone explain the difference between an EVF and monitor to me?

AFAIK, isnt' an EVF just a small external monitor with a magnifying loupe in front of it? In essence, isn't an EVF an external monitor then?
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Old May 30th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #4
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This article shows some good ways to mount the Zacuto EVF. Zacuto EVF Test Drive at DVInfo.net

This allows a great deal of flexibility. Another very useful benefit with the Zacuto EVF is outdoor weddings. The worst case scenario with a LCD display is a morning or afternoon wedding with the sunlight coming from your back. Even viewing hoods don't work well in this case with LCD monitors. The Zacuto EVF blocks out all light when you are using it. If you still have an occasional LCD 'moment' when you crave a LCD display, just flip the eyepieces up and you have a very sharp LCD display.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 08:39 AM   #5
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Re: Zucato EVF vs. the smallhd 6dp

I just finished my extensive review of the Zacuto EVF, check it out on my blog - to my knowledge it's the most comprehensive anywhere to be found:

Zacuto Z-Finder EVF – Review | Nino Film - Blog - Nino Leitner - DSLR video, filmmaking & more

Let me know what you think!
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Old June 5th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #6
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Thanks for the review! Great read.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #7
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Re: Zucato EVF vs. the smallhd 6dp

What about this monitor. Announcing the all new DP4 & DP4-EVF from SmallHD I wonder if the build is better. I have read there were problems with the Zucato model.

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