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    Yeah, I bought a palm just for that purpose...but don't really like using it.
    It's much quicker and more rewarding to spin the wheel...you also get to see the whole range of DOF for your lens with out constantly tapping on a screen.

    BTW, I just came across this:
    http://www.fuerstentum.net/Widget/index.html

    I guess if we're starting to lug our laptops to the set anyway...


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    Barry, how does this unit look to you? It has pretty good resolution, do you think it is enough to really help with focus? I'm waiting to hear from them to see if they have any goodies that would work to make this one more useful for our purposes.

    David

    This 7" looks good at $349.

    XENARC 700Y™ / 700YV™
    7" TFT LCD Monitor with VGA and Optional AV inputs about 1.28 Lbs.

    NTSC / PAL Multi-System (700YV)
    16x9 Aspect Ratio
    High Resolution Display - up to 1600 x 1200
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    Don't mistake this monitor for an ordinary video monitor that displays composite video. This 7" monitor has 800 x 480 pixels (2400 x 480 sub-pixels) that help display crystal clear texts and ultra-sharp images through your computer's VGA signal.
    These monitors come included with an instruction manual, a monitor stand, an AC adaptor, a connection cable, and a cigarette lighter car adaptor.

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    For In-Car Computing, PC, Server, GPS, and various VGA Use
    VGA Input (15 pin D-SUB) x 1 (700Y) or VGA Input x 1 & Video Input x 2 (700YV)
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    Well, that's the same resolution as the Marshall (don't be misled by the 1600x1200, that's the input signal it can support but the LCD itself is 800x480). The Marshall is surprisingly effective at getting focus; not as good as a native-res panel obviously, but not bad at all, certainly much better than just the viewfinder or flip-out LCD.

    You'd have to figure out some way to get the analog component signal converted into VGA if you wanted to try to use that though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry_Green
    Well, that's the same resolution as the Marshall (don't be misled by the 1600x1200, that's the input signal it can support but the LCD itself is 800x480). The Marshall is surprisingly effective at getting focus; not as good as a native-res panel obviously, but not bad at all, certainly much better than just the viewfinder or flip-out LCD.

    You'd have to figure out some way to get the analog component signal converted into VGA if you wanted to try to use that though.
    Thanks for the feedback Barry. I added some more info from Xenarc to my post on the monitor, you might want to check it out. When I get in contact with them I'll ask if they have any thoughts on how to convert an analog signal to VGA signal.

    David
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilzoo
    Yeah, I bought a palm just for that purpose...but don't really like using it.
    It's much quicker and more rewarding to spin the wheel...you also get to see the whole range of DOF for your lens with out constantly tapping on a screen...
    Where did you get the DOF Palm software? I have been searching for a DOF guide for my palm.


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    Got it! Thanks!


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    Barry I did a little more searching on the site and found this model. Should work OK, right? And its $249.00

    David

    XENARC 700V™
    7" TFT LCD Monitor w/ 2 AV Inputs
    This high resolution monitor is perfect for
    viewing DVD's with its 7" wide screen 16x9 aspect ratio. Easy access front control and
    the included remote control allows for the manipulation of all of the monitor's functions.

    This monitor offers 800 x 480 display resolution (2400 x 480 dots) in comparison to the 480 x 234 (1440 x 234 dots) that most other 7-Inch TFT LCD monitors offer. That is 242% more dots! See it yourself for the difference in picture quality.

    This monitor comes included with an instruction manual, a monitor stand, a Audio/Video cable, an AC adapter, and a cigarette lighter adaptor.
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    Well, $249 is about 1/6th the price of the Marshall, and the Marshall is considered pretty darn inexpensive for what it is. So -- I'd say that I'd be skeptical until seeing it proved.

    When it says "AV inputs" -- what does that mean? If it means composite video, then it'd be functionally useless for focus. You've got to have HD analog component inputs, or you're not going to be getting a high-enough-res signal out of the cam to accomplish anything any good. S-video or composite will be limited to around 330 lines.


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    Barry- Regarding monitors (not the small camera mounted variety) . . . I read a lot (here) about the Dell 24" and the Panasonic 17 HD monitor. I anticipate that 90% of my work will be shot at 720/24p. Do you, or does anyone, have a recommendation for a reasonably priced monitor with the right inputs but does not necessarily have to handle 1080p?
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