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Don Blauvelt

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Anyone Using an Electronic ViewFinder with Eyeglasses
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:10:00 PM »

I will be using a Canon DSLR for a video project and I need an external EVF that will work well with my eyeglasses. The two I'm considering at the moment are the
Gratical and the SmallHD Sidefinder. Anyone have experience using either with eyeglasses?

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Re: Anyone Using an Electronic ViewFinder with Eyeglasses
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 12:58:00 PM »

I will be using a Canon DSLR for a video project and I need an external EVF that will work well with my eyeglasses. The two I'm considering at the moment are the
Gratical and the SmallHD Sidefinder. Anyone have experience using either with eyeglasses?

Don

While I haven't used either of these viewfinders, I can say that I've never had an issue wearing my glasses when using an electronic viewfinder.  And I mean looking through the eyepiece not using the little screen as a monitor.

That said, from my extensive experience as a motion picture camera operator, I've found that it's best to use the eyepiece, and not a small monitor as your viewfinder.  I find that when one's body is connected to the camera via the eyepiece, one's reaction time and accuracy is increased significantly.

One other thing to watch for with all electronic cinema cameras and viewfinders is viewfinder lag, where the viewfinder is a number of frames behind the action.  When the lag is significant, operating the camera will suffer as the subject changes direction or stops before you see it in the finder.  I have found this to be the case with some of the BlackMagic cameras using their own supplied viewfinder.  So, whatever viewfinder you choose, test it right away to see if you can live with it's delay as there is always some...  The delay could come from the camera itself, or from the finder.  Which is the cause, I don't really know.
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Re: Anyone Using an Electronic ViewFinder with Eyeglasses
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 03:39:42 PM »

Bruce,

I will definitely keep the latency issue in mind when purchasing an external EVF.
Thank you for your reply.

Don
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Re: Anyone Using an Electronic ViewFinder with Eyeglasses
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 02:07:51 PM »

    The best I've used is the RED evf which gives somewhat the feel of an ovf.

i don't think they are compatible with a dslr, but maybe.   The RED evf is not cheap not lightweight as it's made of metal, but it's a good professional view finder.

Zacuto stuff throws me.   I have two pre gratical viewfinders for backup and returned one, sold the other.   Tested the gratical and it's sharper but produces that video, dslr look which really throws me.

There are a lot of finders out there, test them to find what works for you.

My suggestion would be to get a good cage, like wooden camera, with some small 15mm rails to hold ND's or just for balance.  A cage will allow you to mount an Israeli arm or another form of evf mount to get you face off the camera and add stability.

A evf mounted on a hotshoe will add to body vibration.

I have also heard kinotehnik is very good and substantial but have never used one.

The RED works with polarized sunglasses and all work with corrective glasses.

IMO

BC

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