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Old September 19th, 2005, 09:16 PM   #1
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any one have the Varizoom TFTU 7" monitor?

I'm crazily looking for a mountable 7" monitor to mount on my XL2 (mainly because I need a better referance to focus on wide shots since it seems the 20x lense has a back focus issue, as others have confirmed on threads as well as myself experiancing it) Even though it looks in focus to me when viewing it through the viewfinder with the eye piece popped up, when I view the footage later, it's definetly not in sharp focus :(my eyes aren't what they used to be). It was recommended to me to try the Varizoom TFTU 7" monitor. But the bottom line question is, can I rely on it helping me. I can;t afford anything high in price.

Anyone have any experiance with it. Most of my shooting with it will be in 16:9. I'm told it is switchable. I originally had my eye on the Nebtek 70 Pro Li 7 inch LCD monitor, but it's a little steep in price for me at this time. I'm doing a shoot starting in the beginning of November and need something quick!

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Old September 19th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Joe, I'm not sure where you by your supplies at but if you call over to EVS in Glendale CA (www.evsonline.com) pretty much anyone of the guys there can help you with that question as many if not all of them are knowledgeable, experienced shooters themselves.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:07 PM   #3
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thanks Eric for your sugestion. they gave me a good recommendation for the Nebtec 7". It being by Panasonic, they said it would be a sharper image quality than the Varizoom monitor. That will be what I'll go with.

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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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No problem. Hope it works well for you. Cheers.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 07:27 PM   #5
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Joe,
I use the Nebtek 7" monitor with my XL2 and love the way it works. YOu have to adapt for the amount of light and may want to consider the hood they can provide with it from hoodman. It's a great setup that really helps in compositing shots.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 06:21 AM   #6
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which exact model is this please as I'm also interested. I find focussing a big issue with the XL2 and would love the B+W 'proper' VF but it's a bit steep in price.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #7
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Gary, I use the Nebtek NEB 70 PRO LI. You can look it up here..http://www.nebtek.com/products.php?cat=13
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:25 AM   #8
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Gary,
I should also add that you can get this at a significant price reduction through Brian at Zotz Digital...much less than going direct through Nebtek.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 11:17 PM   #9
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Thanks, I'll really be looking into the hood for the monitor. Thr monitor should be top me in two days or less. I also recommend Brian at Zotz, that's who I bought the XL2 from, and just about everything else, including the monitor purchase.

Dave, what does the hood go for, and do you have a link to Hoodman to purchase it?

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Old September 27th, 2005, 08:30 AM   #10
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Sorry, I don't have a direct link for the hood and I don't remember the cost. I got it as part of a package deal. My guess is you can get it included in a deal through Brian.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 06:37 AM   #11
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Had a chance to try the Nebtek monitor on the XL2. Unfortunetly for me it doesn't seem to benefit me for my focusing concerns on the wide shots, but then again what did I expect for a low resolution monitor anyway. For composition, I have no doubt that will be fine. At least when shooting in 16:9, it will come in handy to at least give the Director and others a true perspective of the shot. One thing I've noticed about the monitor is that if you're panning with the camera, that the monitor's picture seems to react a little strange. While in middle of panning, the picture seems to distort a bit. The only way I can describe it is if you ever seen an old 1950's kinescope, where some of the image may look like it's buldging out abit when the camera dollied or panned. Anway, a part of me now wishes I waited to save up for a more high ended 16:9 / 4:3 field monitor this way I'd have the advantage of both worlds, focus & composition. But I will keep this monitor for the purpose of looking at composition. At least the Xl2 has multiple outputs which allows for additional monitors to be tapped in at the same time.
Sot the next question would be, how much does one have to pay for a monitor that hasd enough resolution for focusing, and even acurately reading colors in the shot? and I'm asuming it wouldn't be an LCD set-up?

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Old October 1st, 2005, 01:03 PM   #12
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I recently purchased a portable dvd player with an 8 1/2" screen to use as a modestly, very modestly priced "field monitor," and ended up taking the color down to grayscale due to the fact that the color was much harsher than the XL2's ....so, I'll use it in grayscale and it has helped some, but I too am very interested in using a field monitor with the XL2 and wonder if people have some suggestions about which ones to look at.
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 05:35 PM   #13
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I recently purchased a portable dvd player with an 8 1/2" screen to use as a modestly, very modestly priced "field monitor," and ended up taking the color down to grayscale due to the fact that the color was much harsher than the XL2's ....so, I'll use it in grayscale and it has helped some, but I too am very interested in using a field monitor with the XL2 and wonder if people have some suggestions about which ones to look at.
I am possibly getting this one. Although the feature of a blue-only switch is nice if you want accurate color representation. On monitors without this feature a piece of blue gel will work fine, I think Wratten #45 or 47? (correct me if I'm wrong).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 06:54 PM   #14
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thanks Eric, looks like a good possibly for me in the near future for me. If you'll fo get it, you'll have to let us know your feedback on it. I'm asuming that it has no battery power option...
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 11:18 PM   #15
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That's correct. DC only. If you're out in the middle of nowhere, however, there are AC/DC converters that I'm sure you can use to power it with via a generator.
But these monitors can be worth their weight in gold if you want the best image possible in terms of focus and accurate color.
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