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Rob: So Rich, go ahead and buy a loupe. They come in different sort of form factors. Rich: Yeah. Rob: And different ways that they attach. Early on, loupes that you could find on the market are kind of actually, kind of adhered to the camera, there was like frames, like kind of glued on. People kind of quickly got over that, the idea of adhesive on their expensive cameras. Rich: You'd, you'd think, but that's what this one is. Rob: Yeah. Rich: They're back. Rob: Well, the ones that I like the most are the ones that have some sort of, you know, non-contact way of doing that. And I actually have one here, this one is from from hoodman, right? Rich: Yap. Rob: And this is kind of a unique thing, it fits into the hot shoe of a, of a camera like this DSLR right here, and then it kind of just has this little crane arm and all you got to do, release up on that little valve there, that little switch, and then it kind of just rotates down into place, and you'll notice that it goes right onto the LCD screen, now, it's not perfectly light proof, but if you kind of just apply a little pressure there.
It gives you a nice actual view of the LCD screen, and you're blocked out from the ambient light. And the best part, is it makes it much easier to focus, because your eye is right up on the screen. Rich: Yeah. And you did mention that, some systems use an adhesive mount. I'm a little nervous about putting this on there, but this is the only one currently available for the black magic pocket cinema camera that I've seen at least. And, you know, that snaps into place, which is great. And then if you're using that, same thing. Rob: Yap. Rich: Extra point of contact which is great. Rob: That's a good point. Rich: So, I tuck in my elbow, and I've got a more stable camera there because my elbow is in my body, which connects to the bottom of the camera.
Nice and stable. Another hand here. I can still adjust focus if needed. And it's a relatively stable platform. Rob: Absolutely, so I mean I think point of contact is one, sort of blockage of ambient light is another key point of these. Then also they magnify the screen a little bit, so it's going to make it a little easier to be able to get tight focus. Especially when you combine the fact that you could punch in to the image, use things like peaking on your camera to sort of see where your focus is. Rich: Yeah. Now, not all of these are going to come with advanced features. Rob: Sure. Rich: Some of 'em are pretty robust, or a fixed magnification.
Rob: That's true. Rich: Although, this particular one is a more advanced viewfinder and it actually has a diopter, so up next, I want to walk you through how you can check that the images and focus, because if you have an adjustable diopter, and your viewfinder and your loupe is off, you can't really get good video. Rob: Absolutely. Rich: All right, so we'll explore that next.
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