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    Hate the AF100 LCD - what do I do?
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    Just purchased an AF100 and am finding the LCD very difficult to use. So small and such crappy quality. If I was in a studio I would, of course, be using a monitor, but I shoot in all kinds of places where I'm either moving the tripod all the time or doing handheld.

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    Either a SmallHD DP6/SDI or TVLogic VFM-56W. Or for even smaller you could consider a SmallHD DP4.


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    The DP6 isn't at all unreasonable on this camera, and has the advantage of being useable on just about every camera you need down the road. Nailing focus is a cinch with a larger monitor.

    In a pinch, you can add one of the small stiff fabric loupes/hoods to the LCD... it doesn't solve its resolution, but it does improve its visibility.


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    Yeah, you need a monitor. I got the TV Logic 5.6. I'm very happy with it. The zoom really helps in getting focus marks, and it has just about everything else you can think of. I also use the EVF in B&W with focus assist in red when outside and I've had a lot of luck with that


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    An EVF is a nice add on for all these little beasts. Zacuto and SmallHD are great. I have a DP4 EVF and the DP6. I use the DP6 90% of the time mainly because my vision is getting worse and the DP6 is sharp. The DP4 is smaller but I'm not a fan of the Canon batteries it uses. Love the DP6 battery. Two will last all day. Either one is better than the on board LCD.


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    I'm in the same boat with my AF and coming from a ENG camera I realized with all the toppings on the AF, FF, rails, MB, ....add a monitor and some O grips and its heavy, especially when pulling focus. Anyone have pics of their AF with monitor ?
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    A small 1/4 20 Noga arm is all you need if you want to keep it simple.


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    I got an external HDMI monitor (Marshall V-LCD51) so I could view playback when I record to a nanoFlash. But I like the monitors features so much, I will probably be using it even when not using the nanoFlash. The monitor has a pixel-to-pixel feature which magnifies part of the image for focusing, and that can be combined with the monitors own red peaking on B+W. I'm hanging it from an Israeli arm to place it where I want. And having a 5" monitor is kinda nice, compared to the 3.45" one on the camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesWilliams View Post
    I'm in the same boat with my AF and coming from a ENG camera I realized with all the toppings on the AF, FF, rails, MB, ....add a monitor and some O grips and its heavy, especially when pulling focus. Anyone have pics of their AF with monitor ?
    Sure... DP6 on an IzzyArm mounted to the stock handle. With the hood, I wind up using it like a huge, very easy-to-see EVF, a'la Zach Zamboni (http://magazine.creativecow.net/arti...the-sony-pmwf3). With the right side handle moved forward, it's exceptionally manageable. I've recently taken to cinching down the monitor mount harm and inserting a simple 1/4-20 handle into the monitor's bottom mount hole as a well-positioned 2nd handle... gets me right by the lens controls.

    I don't use matte boxes and only the simplest of rails
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    Here is my DP6 mounted on the handle. I use it this way a lot. Sorry it's not on an AF-100 but I mount it the same.
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