Help need viewfinder hacks for compact LCD screens

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by John Smith, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    I'm sure someone must have come up with a way to jerry rig some sort of
    viewfinder for those compact cameras that don't have one.

    Those lcd screens aren't worth squat as far as street photography and grab
    shots go, and yet it seems that's the only thing the better compact units
    have these days.

    Even something like those '"wire" finders on the press cameras of yore would
    be helpful.
    If any of you are mechanically talented, you could make a min with some sort
    of add on finder.
     
    John Smith, Mar 11, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    I like it. Might even get one.

    However, I thought the OPs point was NOT to use the LCD (for composing
    or 'chimping') but to use a normal viewfinder, which some cameras don't
    have these days. E.g. Ricoh GR Digital.

    You could attach a shoe to the top of the camera then fit an auxiliary
    viewfinder to it. The Russians made one for the Zorki/Fed range I think,
    plus there are others around. Problem would be attaching the shoe.
    Screws are liable to mangle the 'works' inside I would think. You could
    glue it on, but that seems a bit kludgy.
    Or... how about some kind of bracket that screwed into the tripod mount,
    and had a shoe at the top. Hmmm, more kludgery. :-(
     
    John Fryatt, Mar 11, 2006
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    Battleax Guest


    And when you get an idiot and a moron together...you get Randal Anusworth
     
    Battleax, Mar 11, 2006
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  4. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    Your point being? The camera in your link had a viewfinder, and I'm sure the
    camera used by Henri Cartier-Bresson did too.

    You are confusing apples and oranges... a basic non-LCD aiming device has
    nothing to do with "previewing", in fact, quite the opposite.
     
    John Smith, Mar 11, 2006
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  5. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    Actually, that might work if I can find one of those Russian jobs. I hadn't
    thought that. A little Velcro (sp?) should do the job.
     
    John Smith, Mar 11, 2006
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    Jem Raid Guest

    If you can make a wire frame (I used to used a wooden frame with my 5x4)
    should be quite easy and you can afford one of the new Panasonic DSLR's then
    you'll have both.

    I use a C-5060 and the tilting screen can be used like a TLR very useful
    indeed at times.

    Jem
     
    Jem Raid, Mar 12, 2006
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  7. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    Son, you say you're happy with that LCD on your Point and Shoot, and I'm
    sure you probably get some nice static snap shots of family and friends
    grinning at ya.

    But as you gain experience, you'll there's more to photography than static
    shots.

    Even the early 21/4's, which had a viewing system comparable to the LCD's,
    made provision for a fast (if not accurate) shot finder.

    It all comes down to what you do with a camera... you said for your
    purposes, the LCD is the perfect solution...Well, for me, it's not.
     
    John Smith, Mar 12, 2006
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  8. John Smith

    Jem Raid Guest

    I concur, so much seems to have been lost, for those who are even a little
    bit interested in images may I suggest just a few names, Annie W Brigman,
    Alfred Steiglitz, Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, Paul Hill, John Blakemore,
    Thomas Joshua Cooper, Google will find their images. Books of their images
    are available quite cheaply in 2nd hand bookshops.

    Jem
     
    Jem Raid, Mar 12, 2006
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    Skip M Guest

    Actually, if your camera has a hot shoe, there are a plethora of viewfinders
    out there for Voigtlanders and such that turned 'em into range finders, or
    gave more range for different lenses than the standard rangefinder covered,
    you should be able to find one, used, on ebay. The rangefinder mounted on
    the hotshoe, if I remember correctly. (I never used one, only saw
    pictures.)
    Something like this:
    http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/ProductDetail.aspx
     
    Skip M, Mar 12, 2006
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    In your workshop.
     
    Neil Ellwood, Mar 12, 2006
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    Prometheus Guest

    He would often hold the camera in the palm of his hand to hide it and
    take the photograph that way so subjects would not see him using a
    camera. Of course if you are not using the viewfinder you have to
    understand the relationship between the positions of subject, camera and
    your own eyes; not as tightly composed as using the viewfinder, but
    usable.
     
    Prometheus, Mar 12, 2006
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  12. John Smith

    Prometheus Guest

    Make it, about 5cm of 1mm wire (i.e. wire coat hanger) with four bends
    in it.
     
    Prometheus, Mar 12, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

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    Unfortunately, you are unable to shop at KEH .com because your web
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    Well, so much for that site.
    Why would I need a cookie to shop? I would think that a vendor should
    make it as easy as possible to spend money there.
     
    Bill Funk, Mar 12, 2006
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  14. John Smith

    Bill Funk Guest

    And requiring practice.
    Something that goes against the idea of, "I want it easy and NOW!"
     
    Bill Funk, Mar 12, 2006
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  15. John Smith

    Bill Funk Guest

    Yeah! What's so hard about putting a soda dispenser in a camera?
    Or some system that churns out a small print immediatly?
    Oh, wait...
    Never mind.
     
    Bill Funk, Mar 12, 2006
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  16. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    I use a hoodman on my Nikon DSLR. It works, but when I checked, they didn't
    have one big enough to fit the screen on my Panasonic compact.

    Maybe I'll try making my own.
     
    John Smith, Mar 12, 2006
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    David
     
    David J Taylor, Mar 12, 2006
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  18. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    Considering I made my compact camera choice based on the degreee of control
    it give me over most aspects of the process, I find your comments
    interesting

    I would very muich like to hear your recommendations for a compact camera
    that has a great lens, full manual overide, and a optical viewfinder under
    $500.
     
    John Smith, Mar 12, 2006
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  19. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    ">
    Considering I bought my compact based on the degree of control it afforded
    me over all aspects of the process, I find your comments interesting.

    I would be very much interested in your extensive list of compact cameras
    with great lenses, full manual override, and optical viewfinders priced
    under $500.00
     
    John Smith, Mar 12, 2006
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  20. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    He did? I'd like to see your link on that. I just finished a quick google
    search and while I found many articles talking about his tightly controlled
    compositions, I found none that indicated he was shooting from the hip
    without eye to the finder, at least at the point of exposure.
     
    John Smith, Mar 12, 2006
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