I finally broke down and bought one this year. (What was I waiting for?) I got it last week for an upcoming 5D2 job and got to use it on an unexpected car spot a few days later. Almost all out side – could have really been difficult. The EVF Pro made it very easy. I used the Zebras and the Action Safe makers all day.
The 16:9 Sun Mask is a must. (DON’T TAKE IT OUT) it is very easy to burn the LCD when shooting out doors – It will happen in just a few seconds. And, the burn ins are YELLOW!!! not black or grey like the old BETACAM days…
I was very pleased with the auto scaling for the 5D REC compensation and the HDMI loop through. I had to put one stage of extension in to get the diopter in range for my eyes. Easy to do. I added an eye cushion to the eye cup for the comfort (and the look factor =). I’m mounting it to my Easom cage with a cine arm right now but will be checking in to something better in the future. I put a Switronix DC cable on it from my Hawk-Woods VL-DC5X D-Tap battery brick distribution system so the whole rig can be powered off of one brick. In the end I think we are all still trying to make these DSLR rigs like our old shoulder camcorders with all the new features of the sensor size and sensitivity.
With all the goodies coming out this year I think it’s a good time to start streamlining your rig and this monitor is a great start. Definitely check it out at the next HD gear show you go to and watch the Zacuto video series on the the EVF – well worth the time.
Until next time, good shooting.