Quick Review – LCW BiGeye Profinder DSLR view finder

Trying to kill several birds with one stone, here's a review of the LCW BiGeye Profinder. I'm using my 3 piece 800w lighting kit, and audio was recorded using the new Zoom H1 audio recorder from the built in microphones. Sound is awesome. So hopefully you get an idea of the Zoom H1 audio sample, the lighting kit, and a great overview of LightCraft Workshop's latest product - the BiGeye Profinder DSLR View finder.

Here's a quick look at what's in the box and what the BiGeye Profinder from LightCraft Workshop looks like. I'll have some additional images of it mounted to a camera, once I get my old sticky frames off. Although it's an LCD loupe, the manufacturing is different than any other LCD viewfinder on the market. It's a completely silicone body, metal diopter ring, and glass Optics. No plastic at all (except for mounting frame). I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but it definitely is different and new. Like I said, I haven't had the chance to shoot with it yet, but it feels comfortable in hand and comfortable when placed over the eye.

The BiGeye Profinder attaches almost in the same method as popular view finders. A square frame is attached to your LCD glass using double sided tape. The frame is not metal, it's plastic with a larger lip. The silicone body of the viewfinder stretches snugly over the frame holding it in place. This choice of silicone body to plastic frame mount is just as fast to remove as the magnetic mount type, but not so quick to attach. It's not difficult to attach, it's just not as fast. The LCW BiGeye Profinder comes with two different eye-cups so you have a choice, unlike most other finders where you'd be stuck with one. The optics are super clear, magnification is super sharp, no distortion, and true glass all the way through. That's no surprise, I mean this is LCW's product.

The diopter is a brilliant design and well made. It's an all metal construction with a knurled finish around the adjustment knob. The glass eyepiece is threaded so you can adjust it inwards or outwards to fine tune the magnification. It does come with a lanyard strap, but does not come with a case. Since it's primarily silicone it should take a beating quite well without worry of fracturing or cracking. Overall it does come in pricier than the cheaper loupes we've been seeing, but there's a large audience of shooters that are in need of an excellent working viewfinder with Diopter. For the build quality and design details, I think this is priced nicely. There are $180 dollar viewfinders that don't have Diopters or replaceable eye-cups, while the LCW BiGeye provides both of these features and still comes in under $140.

You can find more information about the LightCraft Workshop LCW BiGeye Profinder DSLR LCD view finder here: http://www.lightcraftworkshop-shop.com/

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11 thoughts on “Quick Review – LCW BiGeye Profinder DSLR view finder

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  2. Damn I wasn't even thinking about buying the Zoom H1, I really don't like recording audio separately, but the quality from your video here sounds amazing. Please post some more tests with the Zoom when you get a chance in a louder out door area preferably!

    Thanks for everything you do for us fellow video/photography people!

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  4. Serge

    I been very happy with "my knock" off LCDVF with the exception of the fogging issue they all seem to suffer, I have yet to try spraying it with a pro anti-fog but have tried this vinegar trick and has work ok for about an 8 hour shoot.
    but requires application right before every-shoot.

    So if this one fogs up too you might wanna give this a try.

    The sprays can last weeks.

    Here the how to:http://www.ehow.com/how_10042_make-own-anti.html

  5. Emm

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    I haven't tested it yet, but it is designed for standard 3" LCD's. I'm assuming it may have a slight 1mm crop like the other LCD View finders.

  6. Emm

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    Actually no wind screen. I wasn't talking directly into it, it was off to my left and I was in the studio.

  7. Ryan

    Hey Emm,

    Are you using the generic foam windscreen for the H1, or the little furry troll from WindTech (if any)? I wanted to see which one you preferred and if there is a strong difference between the two.

    Thanks,
    Ryan

  8. Emm

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    Well this doesn't have any magnets to wear out. Not sure about fogging just yet. Jump over to amazon and look for diving mask 'de-fogger'. There's a spray that might help.

  9. I have the LCDVF and it's get'n my goat! I mainly shoot concerts so my main problem that happens constantly is the glass always fogs up! is there any way you'd recommend to prevent that? air holes or something? ALso it just plain falls off alot. I haven't had it long so I find it hard to believe that the magnet has worn out already but it's either fogging up or falling off. Is this a better view finder ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    trev

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