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Old May 24th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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Cheap or DIY Viewfinders?

Has anyone tried any of the DIY viewfinders on the Web? This is probably beneath most of the professionals on this message board, but I'm trying to decide if I can justify shelling out ~$200 for a viewfinder. I'm curious how helpful the various viewfinders are. What, specifically, are their benefits vs. a naked LCD? Obviously shooting outside on a sunny day, they're nearly essential. I assume there's some amount of stability gained, as well.

I'd love to have someone sell me on their favorite viewfinder -- particularly if it has a consumer/prosumer price tag.

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Old May 24th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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I think you nailed it--you need one for shooting outside, and it helps with handheld stability. Also one with some magnification helps with focus. If money's tight, you can get the Hoodman for under $100 and attach it with the little rubber band things; then maybe later on add a more solid attachment method. If you do go that route, get the one with the 3X magnification in the eyepiece. It makes a great difference.
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