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Ok, before you continue trying to tackle this project, i'd like to point out that Kamerar will be releasing a new baseplate for the QV-1 LCD View Finder. This new baseplate will allow the QV-1 to fit better with smaller camera systems - which will render this DIY useless for many.

Now because I don't have an exact ETA on when this new baseplate will be released, this project could be useful for the time being. If you already have the Fhugen GH3 cage here's one way to get the inexpensive QV-1 LCD View Finder mounted.

Mounting the baseplate of the QV-1 directly to one of the tripod mounts will not align properly, but it will if you use the actual camera mounting screw to hold both in place.

The Kamerar QV-1 can actually dock directly with a Manfrotto 501PL compatible quick release baseplate or directly to a compatible tripod head (see it in action here). Another benefit is that the QV-1 is offered with a baseplate and set of 15mm rails, so you can now add a follow focus to your setup.

Of course if you're using another system, you can directly attach another QR plate underneath the QV-1 base through one of the threaded mounts. You can find out more about these products at http://PNCGear.com

Fhugen GH3 Cage
Kamerar QV-1 LCD ViewFinder


For about $65 dollars, one would think that the Kamerar QV-1 LCD View Finder would be using a very cheap optical element. Seeing how sharp the screen looked through the loupe, I inquired if it was real glass. They stated that it was indeed glass and not your average cheap resin (plastic) element found on other cheap VFs. Of course, instead of just taking their word, I decided to perform a little burn test.

Plastic or resin view finders should have shown signs of damage under similar conditions, while the Kamerar QV-1 element remained completely unscathed. Well if it's not plastic, it sure is pretty damn good. I think there's a decent amount of people already working with this view finder, so what's your feedback about the product? Leave a comment below.

You can find more information about the Kamerar QV-1 LCD ViewFinder at the product page (click here).

QV-1 LCD View Finder Kit
QV-1 LCD View Finder + QV-1 Kit with QB-15 Quick Base


New product announcement. Dedicated to manufacturing products for the budget filmmaker, Kamerar has made available a new consumer budget friendly QV-1 LCD View Finder that attaches to a baseplate through a unique Magnetic system.

After discovering dslr video consumers lacked options for a sub $80 dollar high quality view finder with professional features, we decided to focus on the QV-1 LCD View Finder product. We feel consumers will also be excited with the new QB-15 Quick Base system that will make attaching 15mm rails for accessories a breeze. - team Kamerar

*This view finder is not designed to work with very tall camera bodies like the 1D series, nor will it work with battery grips attached.

The QV-1 magnification is 2.5x, uses a flip up method to work as a sunshade or to access touch screen lcds, and has rotating diopter. The QV-1 slides directly into a magnetic slot behind the adapter plate, allowing easy mounting and dismounting from the camera body. Ships with a lanyard neck strap, microfiber cleaning cloth, adapter plate, and QV-1 view finder.


One interesting note that some may find useful is that the baseplate is similar enough in design that it can mount directly to a Manfrotto 701HDV Fluid Head, or to compatible quick release baseplate systems that support the Manfrotto 501PL.

Regardless, the QV-1 baseplate still offers an optically centered 1/4"-20 tripod hole for you to attach any Quick Release of your choice (including another Manfrotto if you so choose).

The more expensive QV-1 Kit includes a new QB-15 Quick Base Adapter that clamps 15mm Rails to the QV-1 baseplate (8" rails are included). This kit provides users with a very simple and cost effective way to add a set of rails to any camera.


For more information on these products check out the product page at http://PhotographyandCinema.com.

QV-1 LCD View Finder Kit
QV-1 LCD View Finder + QV-1 Kit with QB-15 Quick Base


[Update] Give Away is Closed. Follow me on Twitter for more FREE Gear @Cheesycam

NAB2013 has already leaked some interesting new products which i'll try to post about during my time here, so make sure to follow me on Twitter as I try to publish some interesting gear throughout this week.

Carry Speed VF-4 View Finder
New & Improved - Carry Speed VF-4 LCD Video ViewFinder

Another great reason to follow me on Twitter is i'll be choosing one person every day while i'm out here at NAB to receive a new Carry Speed VF-4 LCD View Finder - not yet available online. The best part is, you don't need to be here at NAB to be selected. Here's what you need to do to qualify to receive one of these Freebies:

Step 1) Register for the Carry Speed VF-4 LCD View Finder Give Away (found here) and don't forget to Share!.

Step 2) Make sure you follow me @Cheesycam (click here) for those announcements every day while i'm at the NAB Show.

I'm working to provide the readers of this blog with more GiveAways, so stay tuned and good luck.

[Update] Give Away is Closed. Follow me on Twitter for more FREE Gear @Cheesycam


View Finder GH2 Video

The new Carry Speed VF-3 LCD View Finder does not sit low enough to be used on a camera like the GH2, so the solution would be to raise the camera. Here Scott writes in and shares his DIY mod using two Sima quick release adapters to get the viewfinder to somewhat fit on the GH2 camera [Thanks Scott]. It's a very close fit, but keep in mind it was never originally designed to work with the GH2 camera.

LCD Video View Finder Swivi Carry Speed GH2Swivi Sima GH2 view finder

This DIY solution to raise the camera is basically the same technique I used to mount the Carry Speed VF-3 to my Sony RX100 (seen here) and also used the same method to mount to a Sony NEX-7. For those that aren't familiar with the Carry Speed VF-3, here's a great product review from HDSLRNOW.com.



First inventory of this item sold out in 24 hours, and there's been a bit of a wait, but today the second shipment of new inventory has arrived. Introductory pricing still available (at this time). For more information about this product, check out my old article here: http://cheesycam.com/new-gear-swivi-lcd-view-finder/

Some good news is that Rob shared these photos of the VF-3 on a 60D with and without battery grip. [Thanks Rob]

I have also confirmed it to work with a Nikon D7000 (with and without battery grip), Canon T4i (with and without Grip), Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D800, etc. The adjustments make this possible to work with many different camera types.

You can find the Carry Speed VF-3 product page at the website CarrySpeed.com (Click Here).

Carry Speed Swivi LCD View Finder
find-price-button Carry Speed LCD View Finder

[Update] The website got slammed, so if you can't order, here's an alternate listing via Amazon:
Carry Speed Swivi LCD View Finder
find-price-button Carry Speed Swivi Universal LCD View Finder via Amazon


[Disclaimer: CarrySpeed.com is now a distribution partner with Photography and Cinema. The Swivi LCD View Finder below is sold through CarrySpeed.com.]

If you've used one before, you'll know how important a simple LCD View Finder is when shooting DSLR Video outdoors on a bright sunny day. Or how an LCD View Finder can add additional stability as another point of contact during hand held shooting. For cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III, there aren't many options. For under $30 dollars you'll find the the cheaper magnetic stick on types and for over $230 dollars you'll find one or two other great options. Here's a new LCD View Finder available at Carry Speed at an introductory price of just $120 dollars

IMG_8854_1024x1024Carry Speed LCD View Finder Swivi

Fits on most DSLR cameras with a 3" LCD, but from corner to corner it's actually 3.11" inches, so it's almost perfect on cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III. The brackets are designed to adjust for a variety of different cameras, something shooters will appreciate if you own more than one model (Nikon, Canon, Sony).

D7000 Nikon Carry Speed View FinderD7000 Grip Carry Speed View Finder
(Above) Perfect fit on a Nikon D7000 with or without OEM Battery Grip!

(Above video) Fits perfectly on Canon T4i / 650D with or without Battery Grip.

Canon T4i Door
Without the battery grip, you can still access the Battery Door on a Canon T4i.

The new Carry Speed View Finder can flip up to be used as a quick sunshade, and locks in place when closed. There's a built in diopter, build in lens cap, and attaches to the camera through a quick release base plate system.


Very solid mount to the camera, yet easy to unlock and remove entirely. The base plate is Arca Swiss designed to attach to most Arca Swiss tripods, and has a few 1/4-20 threads for mounting other QR plates. Find out more about the LCD View Finder at the product page (here).

Carry Speed Swivi LCD View Finder
find-price-button Carry Speed LCD View Finder


In bright daylight, it's difficult to focus and set exposure on a bare LCD. Sometimes a quick LCD View Finder attached to the back of the camera is all you need (no batteries required). I still find an LCD View Finder a valuable tool to have, but haven't seen many options available for the Canon 5D Mark III. Just curious as to what LCD View Finders people are using on the back of their Canon 5D Mark III? Comments below...

[Update] All great options suggested in the comments, thanks everyone. I've just added a new Article about another LCD View Finder product found here: http://cheesycam.com/new-gear-swivi-lcd-view-finder/


Here's a clever way to get a semi-permanent CarrySpeed Vfinder view finder to mount to your camera. The LCD glass protector was an old trick to permanently glue a sticky frame or even the DSLR LCD view finder itself, but they aren't available in all camera models. If you don't have this protector available for your camera model, this DIY mounting solution could work for you. Here Aron from TrinityFXMG.com takes just the eyepiece portion and fastens it to the VFinder. I'm sure you guys can figure it out from the thorough video tutorial. [Thanks Aron].

Glass LCD Screen Protector
find-price-button Glass LCD Protectors for Canon, Nikon, Sony

find-price-button New LCD View Finder for Canon T2i, 5D Mark II, 7D and other 3″ LCD’s