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11-24-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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Top-down LCD viewer - Shoot from the hip

Hi.

I'm finding I'm shooting from the hip a lot. Capturing life as it passes by on the street.

Is there some sort of attachment for LCD screens, that allows a top-down view. Much like the old Hasselblads and the like. I understand that it would have to have some king of glass and mirror structure..

My google search hasn't come up with anything.

Anyone know of something similar?

11-24-2013, 04:41 AM   #2
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There was something like that available on eBay a year or so back. It was an open frame stuck around the LCD, with a bottom-hinged mirror that locked up flat to cover the LCD screen when not in use. It wasn't expensive.
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The prism from a 6x7 might work. I use one on a copystand.
11-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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The only thing I can find is this - Flipbac Angle Viewer

Not 100% what I was looking at. But for the price it's worth a shot.


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The Flipbac works fine, but being a mirror everything at waist-level is upside down; not a problem for focusing, but composition is tricky.
They also make stick-on grips which the K-01 could use.
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The Flipbac works fine, but being a mirror everything at waist-level is upside down; not a problem for focusing, but composition is tricky.
They also make stick-on grips which the K-01 could use.
hmm.. thanks for the info. Im not worried about focus. I tend to go full auto when I shoot from the hip..Composing may be a problem though.

Good to know that it will work though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Plainfaced Quote
Composing may be a problem though.
You might want to re-think that. A well composed image upside down will be a well composed image right side up. Don't believe me? Ask Ansel Adams . . . .
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Tnx guys! i'll try one

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There is also this, which might be more what you're looking for.
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There is also this, which might be more what you're looking for.
Wow. Nice find.. Great product.

I've seen the LCD viewers before. But this also has the top down viewer of which I'm looking for.

Pricey and bulky. But it's certainly worth consideration.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
You might want to re-think that. A well composed image upside down will be a well composed image right side up. Don't believe me? Ask Ansel Adams . . . .
I am as competent as Ansell Adams.......in my dreams!
I agree in principle, but in practice it is difficult to pan right instead of left, up instead of down, tell when the subject is smiling etc etc. It's easier for some subjects than others, but I find it difficult sometimes and certainly harder than if they'd just used the LCD from the MX-1.
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Pricey and bulky. But it's certainly worth consideration.
And heavy - at 800 gms, it more than doubles the weight of the K-01.

But still intriguing. I've said this before, and I'll say it again - a flip-down screen would improve the K-01 tremendously (for me).
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An example of flipbac
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An example of flipbac
How do you find the build quality of the flipbac viewfinder? I just placed an order on the black one!
Also what's your experience in the usage? It's more a new "gadget" or it is really useful on the field? I imagine it takes some time to get used to the upside down view but beside this?
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How do you find the build quality of the flipbac viewfinder? I just placed an order on the black one!
Also what's your experience in the usage? It's more a new "gadget" or it is really useful on the field? I imagine it takes some time to get used to the upside down view but beside this?
I arrived today, but I can say that the price quality ratio is good.
The truth is that it helps to make a shot too high or low with the disadvantage of the inverted image and the angle of reflection.
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