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Hoodman Cinema Strap

You Pay: $19.95
Product Highlights
  • Fits D-SLR with HoodLoupe 3.0
  • Allows LCD to be Used as a Viewfinder

The Hoodman Cinema Strap is designed to allow the use of the LCD monitor as a viewfinder. The strap attaches to the HoodLoupe 3.0 and then to the digital SLR camera with stretchable cords.

Allows the use of the LCD monitor as a viewfinder
Strap attaches to the HoodLoupe 3.0 and then to the digital SLR camera with stretchable cords
Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
Attachment Method Stretchable cords
Hoodman Cinema Strap
  • 30-Day Warranty
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    HoodmanCinema Strap
     
    3.5

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    72%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (20)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Durable (9)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Adjustable (5)

    Cons

    • Difficult to attach (4)
    • Difficult to use (4)
    • Poor design (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (8)
    • Macro photography (6)
    • Everyday (5)
    • Landscape photography (5)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (12), Enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (7), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Needed for Live-View & Hood Loop

    Holds the hood-loupe in position when doing live-view and video with D90, D300s, D700, & D3s. Without this you will have to hold this to the rear of the camera (somehow)...Read complete review

    Holds the hood-loupe in position when doing live-view and video with D90, D300s, D700, & D3s. Without this you will have to hold this to the rear of the camera (somehow) while you are manipulating the camera controls. If you have a nose like an aardvark then you don't need this; you can hold the hood-loupe on with your nose. If you don't, then you DO need this. Get it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good idea, doesn't work so well

    If you want to attach the Hoodman loupe to the back of your camera, this accessory is their solution. I found it difficult to attach and if you want to take it off and...Read complete review

    If you want to attach the Hoodman loupe to the back of your camera, this accessory is their solution. I found it difficult to attach and if you want to take it off and put it on fairly frequently, a pain to use. The reason is that you have to manipulate the rubber strings and pull them through a clamp.
    I assume the design is this way to accommodate cameras with straps.
    But, I found it to be simpler to just hold the loupe to the back and carry it on the included lanyard around my neck.

    Reviewed by 39 customers

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    2.0

    Better than nothing

    By WyngRyder

    from Detroit Mi

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable

    Cons

    • Difficult to Attach

    Best Uses

    • Reduce Glare

    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

    With some playing around was able to get this to hold the hood in place, but it is not ideal. Will most likely only use when doing video for extended times.

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    3.0

    just in case

    By Scott just in case

    from New York and San Fran

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Will Do The Job

    Cons

    • Low End Use Of The Loupe

    Best Uses

    • Just In Case You Need It

    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

    May not ever need it or use it but have it just in case. I have the loupe and it is cheap enough to buy it and have it, if the need for it comes about.

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    4.0

    It works, but it is not very stable

    By @ce

    from East Lansing MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilizing

      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

      This strap is just what it appears to be. It works, and is very inexpensive. The primary advantage is that is light and packs easing if you are traveling light. I would recommend it to a friend with these qualifications.

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      4.0

      Easy Way to Keep Loupe in Place

      By Tom

      from Danville PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Inexpensive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

          At first I was disappointed that the left strap didn't fit well on my D800, but after looking at the description on the package, I saw that you could cross the straps over the camera and lens, and that worked great! Very inexpensive but effective solution to holding the loupe in place.

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          3.0

          A way to keep the hood loupe on

          By Lucius

          from San Francisco Bay Area

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Difficult to Attach

          Best Uses

          • Stabilizing

          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

          I like that it is a way to hold the hoodloupe on. I don't like that it is hard to always find a secure place to loop it around and one that will keep the hood loupe perfectly straight and centered at all times. My hoodloupe kept moving around and it was something I had to live with.

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          3.0

          It's just OK

          By Joe

          from Sackets Harbor, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Cheap In Price

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

            Considering it is just rubber bands, it does hold the Hoodman in place ok. Unfortunately, that's not good enough though. It creeps and slides and the rubber bands get in the way of all the other 'stuff' I have hanging on my camera body. I am definitely buying another option to more sturdily attach the hoodman. Just not tough enough for my style of shooting.

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            3.0

            Works as advertised

            By Bill McGrath

            from Western states RVer

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Solid Attachment

            Cons

            • Difficult to Attach
            • Not Easily Detached

            Best Uses

            • Video Monitoring Fulltime

            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

            Easy to install on Hoodman, slightly awkward to install on camera. I don't shoot video much, so I really use the Hoodman as a menu/review aid. It would be nice to be able to connect the hood to the camera a little more easily and then put it away. This product seems to be designed for someone who will leave it attached to the camera for long periods. I will probably leave this in my bag and use the nect strap most of the time.

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            1.0

            At last, a lousy idea from Hoodman

            By MCS

            from Tucson

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to Attach

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                This looks good on first sight but falls far short when put to use. Not designed for any camera and does not work with the Lumix
                Too much extra string, bulky and impossible to get to some controls without releasing the entire thing. Not recommended

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                4.0

                "Don't judge a book by its cover"

                By bohdan

                from nj

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                  On a sunny day - must have tool !

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                  4.0

                  Good enough for me.

                  By Steini

                  from Monroe, Louisiana

                  About Me Professional

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                        Holds in place pretty well. I'm just learning video so it fits my needs for now.

                        Cons: You have to remove the connections to get the strap around the camera unless you want to remove one sideof your camera strap.

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                        2.0

                        Not what i expected

                        By Ryan Blake

                        from Scottsdale, AZ

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use
                        • Not Functional
                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                          Not what I expected

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                          3.0

                          Does what it claims

                          By George

                          from Tacoma WA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                It is kind of hokey but it does work.

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                                4.0

                                Does the job, but overpriced

                                By TheAlchemist

                                from Arlington, MA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Video

                                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                I can't knock off stars for performance as this strap certainly does the job it was intended to do, keeping my Hoodloupe in place on the rear LCD of the camera. However, given what it is made out of, this is easily twice as wexpensive as it should be. As I wanted a slightly more professional look, I decided it was worth it, but some rubber bands could easily do the same job if set up properly. Overall a good product, but just a bit too pricey, and therefore 4 stars.

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                                2.0

                                Tangled Up and Blue

                                By Woodsroad

                                from SE PA

                                About Me Professional

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                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                  If you think paying three hundred dollars for a plastic loupe with some metal on it is crazy, you might be tempted to go this route and buy the Hoodman loupe and these Silly Strings. While, in theory, the Cinema Strap might work, the truth is that it doesn't, at least not very well. The strings get in the way, and you just can't keep the loupe from sliding off of the monitor. The eye-loupe connection is an important part of camera stabilization, and puts too much pressure on the loupe for these stretchy strings to keep it in place. Save your money and buy the loupe that starts with a "Z"

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                                  4.0

                                  A useful compromise for video

                                  By Webbmultimed

                                  from Tucson, AZ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                    Once in place it works fine for video or if you use live view with the DSL mirror up. A bit of a hassle to get it set up. I had to put OP/TECH camera straps with quick releases on my Nikon D5100 to make it easy to take the Hoodloupe off and on.

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                                    3.0

                                    Much Better Than Nothing

                                    By Dan Milham

                                    from Slidell, LA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                      I use the strap to hold my Hoodman Loupe in place just to shoot in Live View mode. Since I only shoot in Live View a few times on any shoot I gladly suffer the inconvenience of putting the loupe on and off for those times. Otherwise I keep the loupe on a neck strap or in a pocket. The Cinema Strap holds the loupe in place fairly well but even at its tightest can't hold it rock steady.

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                                      5.0

                                      Works as Advertised

                                      By Traderjoe

                                      from Bourbon & Bluegrass country

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                          Works

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Product

                                          By JW

                                          from Boston, MA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                            Works perfectly to hold the Hood Loupe in place while doing video with a DSLR, such as a Canon 5D Mk2. A must-have for doing video to view LCD monitor, but not really needed if you're only doing stills.

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                                            5.0

                                            A Blessing

                                            By Chuck A

                                            from Forestport, NY

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Macro Photography

                                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                              I don't know how anyone can do nature and macro photography without this simple device. I use it to confirm all of my macro photos and most of my landscapes. Without it you cannot see your work on a sunny day. With it, it's like looking at the final print in the field.

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                                              3.0

                                              Can't Use with Neck Strap

                                              By Neck Strap User

                                              from Blue Ridge, GA

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Not easy to put on camera

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Strap:

                                              To use the Hoodman Strap, you have to remove at least one end of your camera's neck strap. Then, of course, you have to remove it again to get the Hoodman Strap off. This is a useful product if you do not use a neck strap and do not check both the LCD screen and the view finder.

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