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Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder

B&H # CADVFMZQ MFR # VFM-11X
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Product Highlights

  • 37mm Filter Thread
  • Multi-coated
  • Includes All Standard Aspect Ratios
  • Adjustable Rear Eyepiece
  • Screw-in Metal Front Cap
  • Soft Carrying Pouch
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The Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder provides a portable means of framing shots prior to setting up your film or video camera. The frame can be composed using a variety of screen aspect ratios, including 35mm and 16mm film standards as well as video standards such as 1/3", 2/3" and 1/2". The VFM-11x offers an 11x zoom capability, making it ideal for an impressive range of focal lengths (see chart). The 37mm filter thread can be fitted with standard filters or a wide angle converter as the composition demands.

Multi-coated optical elements
Small and lightweight
Very economical
Durable strip hanger
Eye piece lock ring
Includes most film and TV formats
Includes all standard aspect ratios including 16:9
37mm standard filter thread, allows for the addition of a 37mm wide angle converter
Friction adjustment on aspect ratio ring
Telescopic action with click stops on focal length
Materials Aluminum, 4 Elements, Multi-coated Optics
Formats Film: S16, 35, Anamorphic
Video: 1" (S16), 2/3", 1/2", 1/3"
Aspect Ratios Academy (4:3), 1.66, 1.78 (16:9), 1.85, 2.35, 2.55
Filter Thread 37mm (P=0.75)
Color Black
Diameter 1.62" (42mm)
Length 2.2" (56mm) - 3.3" (84mm)
Weight 4.4 oz (125g)
Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder
  • Screw-In Metal Front Cap
  • Soft Vinyl Carrying Pouch
  • 36" Neck Strap
  • 90-Day Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CavisionVFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder
     
    4.3

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Professional quality (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Improves performance (7)
    • Highly compatible (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (14)
      • In the studio (8)
      • Complex projects (5)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (10), Business owner (8), Film student (5), Enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Finder for Directors and DP's

      I am a currently in a filmmaking program at school. I am training to become a DP and I find this a very helpful tool to quickly locate my frame with the director. This...Read complete review

      I am a currently in a filmmaking program at school. I am training to become a DP and I find this a very helpful tool to quickly locate my frame with the director. This is important because I can get the camera crew, grips, and electrics to start setting up a shot quickly and efficiently. I know there are many other directors finders out there, but for the money, you're not gonna get close. The multiple aspect ratios and format options are also a handy feature, as my personal camera is 1/3", cameras where I work are 1/2", and cameras at school are 35mm.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      disappointing

      It's easy to use, but after 10 minutes of tryout the mechanical parts to fix the aspect ration were broken. Seems to me to be more a gadget then a item that is worth...Read complete review

      It's easy to use, but after 10 minutes of tryout the mechanical parts to fix the aspect ration were broken. Seems to me to be more a gadget then a item that is worth [$]. Perhaps, i just had bad luck ...

      Reviewed by 19 customers

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      5.0

      great

      By landa costa

      from Brazil

      About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

        Very good

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Good View...

        By Atomicentropy

        from Jersey

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

          This is pretty much all I ever needed out of a viewfinder. It's straight forwards and easy to use. It locks easily, it's easy to read, and it covers all the necessary bases.

          The only catch for me is that the eye cup detaches WAY too easily, and the lens cap takes a hair too long to remove. Nothing that would prohibit me from buying it agian.

          Worth every penny.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          I need more one

          By dodo63

          from Cairo

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

          easy to use , save time for creativety . lens ,frame , compestion. every imagine can be true.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Gadget

          By Alex

          from Plantation, Florida

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

            This director's viewfinder is the best one for its price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty good, but not perfect.

            By Escobar

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Limited Use

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

            In the range it works, it's pretty good, but I was a little frustrated that it was limited to a 58mm and 44mm focal lengths for 1/2" and 1/3" CCD cameras respectively. Most professional or prosumer cameras and lens kits used on a DSLR or lens adapter on a 1/2" or 1/3" camera go way above and beyond 58/44. So it would have been really nice and much more useful to have a viewfinder that went up into the 100/85 range.

            So realize that even though this is a very useful tool, when you're going to be wanting to be using anything telephoto above 58 or 44, you might as well not have this for those shots.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome directing tool

            By Wade

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

              great variety of focal lengths and aspect ratios. a very useful beginner directing tool.

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              1.0

              disappointing

              By camcam

              from switzerland

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor mechanics

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                It's easy to use, but after 10 minutes of tryout the mechanical parts to fix the aspect ration were broken. Seems to me to be more a gadget then a item that is worth [$]. Perhaps, i just had bad luck ...

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Sam Theislander

                from Dominican Republic

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                  I use this product for independent film shots. It´s very good.

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                  5.0

                  Small, easy to use, sturdy

                  By Michael

                  from Breckenridge, CO

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecturalreal estate
                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                    Great tool to compose your sceens prior to shooting. Time saver in that you can go from room to room and check different points of view at different focal lengths. Wish it went just a bit wider - 16 mm.

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                    4.0

                    Some Accessories You May Wish to Buy

                    By Mister Toad

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Panoramic Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Very Small Viewing Image

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo Pre-Visualization

                    Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                    The other reviewers have described the good quality of this VFM-11X, so I thought I'd add a few accessory suggestions.. 1. The Cavision rubber eye cup cap does NOT grip the eyepiece securely. So buy an extra, since you will lose it the first day in the field. (I will try some superglue.) 2. The Kenko 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle lens add-on fits this CA Viewfinder 37 mm ring, and the Kenko doubles the image coverage for wide angle viewing. (The Viewfinder "view" is rather small, so I wonder if the larger CA Director finder would provide a larger view.) 3. I purchased a Tiffen 37 mm UV filter to cover the front lens, so spend 6 dollars to protect 200. (Also, a 55 mm UV filter covers the Kenko front lens.) 4. An extra 37 mm lens cap is a good investment, as would be a 55 for the Kenko.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    it is same as it is that he/she appears

                    By Juan Carlos Martínez

                    from Bogotá Colombia

                    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                      I am using the finder and it is very good, for their many formats and tambien por the small thing, in the moment uses it in DV and it works very well, he/she has a big advantage and it is playing with lentes of 37mm, the only thing that it is necessary to make it is an I calculate mathematician for convertirlo according to the optics to use

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                      4.0

                      COMPOSITION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

                      By Malik Millions

                      from Philadelphia PA / Hollywood, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Framing my shots
                        • Lenses choice
                        • To practice compositions

                        Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                        I'm an up and coming director, I chose the VFM-11X MICRO DIRECTOR'S VIEWFINDER because of it's nice compact size, plus it's the most affordable but yet reliable viewfinder out there on the market. I use it to determine my lenses of choice. I enjoy my lil viewfinder, and it helps me to know that I'm not that far from becoming the director that I once dreamt I would be. I highly, highly, recommend that all young director's and DP's have one.
                        Dwight Gibson, the director/DP NYFA 2008

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                        4.0

                        Great value, does the job!

                        By Brad the director

                        from Melbourne, Australia

                        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lots Of Features
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                          I use a depth of field adapter with a Sony EX1 and a series of prim 35mm lenses and need to quickly estimate the correct lense. Takes too long to change lenses and test it our when in the middle of a shoot, so a director viewfinder in this situation is invaluable, saves me a lot of time and can also help framing shots before having to move the camera.

                          The Cavision is a great budget viewfinder that does the job. The build quality is good and small enough to fit in your pocket or wear around your neck and not weigh you down and be aware of it all day.

                          It is very small and this can mean a small image when resizing the image all the way out, but it is only to give an indication of the lenses to use so not a big issue. Plus most lenses that get used are in the wider end anyway.

                          Overall can highly recommend. You don't need to spend big dollars and the Cavision does the job well for the price.

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                          4.0

                          Basic but Good

                          By Dec

                          from Hungary

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                For the price this viewfinder is a great tool. It is not as wide or as long as it could be but has a great mid-range of focal lengths, enough for most projects and really invaluable on a recee for instance.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Extremely valuable

                                By The Admiral

                                from Tucson, AZ

                                About Me Indie Filmmaker

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lots Of Features
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                  I choose this model because it is nice solid construction with multiple of formats for a great price.

                                  Just used it on my last shoot and was worth it's weight in gold setting up shots. When it comes to a director, DP and camera team communication nothing beats having one of these on set. If you are shooting with even a minimal crew you will do yourself a favor and grab one of these.

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                                  4.0

                                  Excelent item

                                  By Hugo Corona

                                  from Mexico CIty

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • doesnt have 16 mm

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                  Small, fits in your pocket, and helps a lot in location. Its not the best, but surely is very helpful for it´s size.

                                  • How long have you owned it:
                                  • A month or less

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Finder for Directors and DP's

                                  By Brad

                                  from Las Cruces, NM

                                  About Me Film Student, Sports television

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Improves Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                    I am a currently in a filmmaking program at school. I am training to become a DP and I find this a very helpful tool to quickly locate my frame with the director. This is important because I can get the camera crew, grips, and electrics to start setting up a shot quickly and efficiently. I know there are many other directors finders out there, but for the money, you're not gonna get close. The multiple aspect ratios and format options are also a handy feature, as my personal camera is 1/3", cameras where I work are 1/2", and cameras at school are 35mm.

                                    • How long have you owned it:
                                    • One-to-three months

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    100% useful stuff

                                    By Yourka

                                    from Ukraine

                                    About Me Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Independent Films
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                      VFM-11x - small and useful equipment for director. You can fast and from any point find the composition that you really want to shoot. If you are director, you understand me. More useful can be only mount for the real camera lenses. But not always you can have it.
                                      May be bigger variant of this viewfinder much better, but for me it’s ok.
                                      Enjoy it.

                                      • How long have you owned it:
                                      • One-to-three months

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      The VFM-11 exceeded my expectations.

                                      By Gregory

                                      from Fort Worth, Texas

                                      About Me Business Owner, HD video director, Professional Artist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • Independent Films
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Cavision VFM-11X 11x Micro Director's Viewfinder:

                                        I shoot several formats for several reasons and clients. This is a diverse enough view finder to get me on set and communicating quickly to the DP and gaffer. It is simple yet, accurate. I don't have to do a lot of guess work. If you know your lenses, then this tool allows you to frame the shot long before you need to set up and planning the day is quick and concise. I will say, it would be nice to have the wider lens adapter, sold with the VF, but the optics on board are well suited for almost any shot.

                                        • How long have you owned it:
                                        • A month or less

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