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  • Includes HoodCrane, HoodLoupe 3.0, & HoodMAG 3.0

The Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro includes the HoodCrane, a universal hot shoe mount for LCD accessories. It features a spring-loaded latch that moves the crane up and down. It also swings up and pivots out of the way for shared LCD viewing or still shooting. The other items in the kit work in conjunction with the HoodCrane. The HoodLoupe 3.0 provides you with a magnified view of your shot on the camera's 3.0" LCD during DSLR video capture, so you can accurately check composition and focus. The HoodMAG 3.0 is designed to fit the HoodLoupe with a tighter fit than the HoodLoupe standard eyecup, and provides 3.0x magnification.

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HoodmanCinema Kit Pro
 
4.2

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (43)
  • Improves performance (32)
  • Professional quality (24)
  • Highly compatible (20)
  • Lightweight (20)

Cons

  • Poor performance (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (27)
  • Home movies (17)
  • In the studio (16)
  • Complex projects (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (15), Professional artist (15), Business owner (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well when adjusted properly

My 5d is used mostly for handheld video and the reason I purchased the unit. First adjust the "fit" so it covers the viewer properly and fits snug. As shipped required multiple...Read complete review

My 5d is used mostly for handheld video and the reason I purchased the unit. First adjust the "fit" so it covers the viewer properly and fits snug. As shipped required multiple adjustments but it is very adjustable. Test in bright sunlight. No light leak with my unit. Adjust the diopter to match your vision. This requires some trial and error. A tripod and fixed subject at a known distance facilitated fine tuning the unit (getting the focus precise before adjusting the unit.) Works very well and avoids issues with other units that require vendor specific mounting adapters that lock you into their products.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still sittin' on the fence about this

I've had some mixed feelings about the Cinema Kit Pro over about the year or so I have been using it. I will start with my thoughts on the HoodCrane.
Initially it...Read complete review

I've had some mixed feelings about the Cinema Kit Pro over about the year or so I have been using it. I will start with my thoughts on the HoodCrane.
Initially it seemed like a great product. It was very adjustable which was appealing and the build quality looked promising. Both of these factors proved to be true, however I had a lot of trouble keeping the HoodCrane in the hotshoe mount of my 60D. It would gradually slip out after a few mintues even when it was seemingly very tightened down and light began to leak in. I put a rubber washer on the coldshoe mount hoping to avoid slipping with metal on metal contact with the camera, but it still didn't solve the problem. To make a long story short the HoodCrane didn't hold the loupe snugly against the screen and essentially defeated the purpose of using the loupe in the first place. The second point that I was dissatisfied with is that the HoodCrane obviously holds the loupe in a fixed position like a lot of other DSLR LCD/eyepiece set-ups. Now I can't believe I didn't put more thought into this, but the ergonomics were just terrible for me while using this on sticks. The fixed position is fine if you have a fixed screen, however if you've got a articulating LCD like I do on a 60D it renders it immobile and becomes very annoying shooting anything above or below an eye level set up. Having said that if you're using this on a should rig I'm sure it would be fantastic. Ultimately I scrapped the HoodCrane entirely and strapped the loupe onto my screen with a couple elastic bands. It works wonderfully and I didn't lose my articulating screen.
Now, onto the loupe. In short I loved it. The build quality is great and I found the magnification and focus of the LCD perfect. The eyecup isn't terribly comfortable, but it functions well enough.

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5.0

It solves a monitor glare problem

By Larry

from Surprise, AZ

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Videos
    • Home Movies

    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

    I use it for video capture on my D4, D800E and D600.

    I was leary before I purchased the kit but was surprised at its' quality and functionality after I received it. Now I can see what is on my moitor and not have to play a quessing game in bright light.

    I finally was able to capture videos without a tripod. The eyecup acts as a stabalizer when pressed against your eye. I'm into video now.

    The only problem that I have on my kit is with the 3x magnifying eyecup. I'm not sure you need 3x, but it works. Also the focus adjustment is too loose. I have a problem with it always changing focus on me.

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    4.0

    Improves manual focusing for video

    By Kool K

    from Woodstock. NY

    About Me Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio
      • Outdoor Action Video

      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

      I use this on my Canon 60D for video production. It allows me to zoom in for sharp manual focus by blocking out the surrounding light and environment. I can't imagine trying to focus without it. I love it - goes on in a snap, and disconnects just as quickly.

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      3.0

      Does the job, should be easier to use

      By KV

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Off Tripod

      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

      I use the cinema kit pro when i need to shoot in an area where i can't take my tripod. The product does the job, has a good lens and is easy to attach to the camera. However, the latch mechanism that allows you to flip the hood up or down sticks and does not function the way it should. For the price this product should be made out of a more durable material and the latch mechanism should be easier to use.

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      4.0

      Life saver on bright days

      By eckels

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Documentary Filmmaker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Check Image Any Condition
      • Compact Design
      • Diopter
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor Or Critical Focus

        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

        I have a GH2, works great, did a shoot in the desert and for once I could see what I was doing. It has a diopter so that you can see the image without your glassesOn my camera it doesn't quite fit the back sensor perfectly, but it is good enough. Would recommend it to any one.

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        5.0

        Great product and works very well!

        By John

        from Mission Viejo, California

        About Me Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • It Just Works
        • It Just Workseasy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Not Cheap But Worth It

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor Video Recording

        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

        In the outdoors sunlight it's hard to record video using my Canon EOS 70D Live View screen. The Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro is the elegant solution. It fits well, the view and use is so easy, and when I'm done taking a video the Hoodman quickly and easily pivots out of the way so I can take still photos. I LOVE this device and you will too!

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        3.0

        Works but not perfect

        By Trake

        from Virginia

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

          It definitely allows you to see things much better when checking critical focus. The issue I have is the diopter seems to change easily so I am constantly adjusting it to set initial focus.

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          5.0

          Hoodman Cinema Kit

          By Don

          from West Bend, WI

          About Me Semi-Pro Photog

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Any Live View App
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

          A must for anyone trying to shoot video with a DSLR in daylight! For two years I have been frustrated by not being able to see the live view screen in daylight sitauations, resulting in poor focus, and worse composition. I bought my D3100 body primarily for its video capability, only to find it unuseable in bright light situations. Problem solved!

          The ony downside I've notices is that the hood is slightly smaller than the screen, so some info icons are blocked (i.e. the record icon). There are enough secondary clues visible, that this is a non-issue.

          The kit works as advertided. The unit quickly swings 'out of the way' for rangefinder use, which I prefere for normal operation.

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          5.0

          Problem Solved!!

          By NoozDude

          from Flint, Michigan

          About Me Broadcast Journalist, Independent producer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home video
            • Independent Video

            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

            Thrilled with shooting video with my Canon T4i. I primarily use it as a secondary camera for cutaway and/or b-roll. However, it was almost useless to me in shooting situations involving brilliant sunshine or bright lights. A quick visit to the B&H website solved the problem with the discovery of the Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro. For the $$$$, it was the perfect solution. Unlike other mounts which require rubber band-like supports, this fits snugly to my camera body, still allows use of the hot shoe and the optics are adjustable to my eyesight. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product my friends.

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            5.0

            Perfect as advertised!!

            By Pritchard

            from B.C. Canada

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Perfect In Every Way
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Only Needs Carrying Case

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects

            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

            The Goodman Cinema Kit Pro is even better than I hoped and does everything you indicated. Money very well spent!!!

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            5.0

            Now you can see what you're shooting!

            By Victoria Photo Guy

            from Victoria, B.C. Canada

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                This solves the issue of working outdoors with a DSLR, It's great for video as well as shooting pictures in live mode.
                It is a bit bulky but very sturdy in design an build. I have no issues with it staying locked to the hot shoe. But on my model at least I have a heck of a time with thediopter setting staying where I set it. When I carry my camera around my neck the eye cup always gets hit, moves and the diopter has to be reset. Hoping to figure out a solution. Was impressed how solid this is for the price.
                Bulky for storage but it works well so will adapt to the bulkiness.
                Would highly recommend this if you have any issues with outdoor shooting.

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                4.0

                Great product!

                By regjac

                from Oshawa, ON, Canada

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                    Can look through the viewfinder and have your screen readable in the bright sun. This is such a good product.

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                    4.0

                    Very good & easy to use

                    By EMF

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                      works as advertised and easy to use

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                      4.0

                      works fine but is a bit bulky

                      By Mary Ann

                      from WV

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Seems Fragile

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Live View In Bright Sunli

                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                      This worked quite well for using live view to focus & compose in bright sunlight. The diopter adjustment is nice, especially if you wear glasses. It was a bit tricky to get it tightened down in the hot shoe. I also found that zooming all the way in works less well for focusing if there is any noise at all - it just magnifies the noise. At less zoom it is great to see the screen brightly lit with good contrast & is easier to focus precisely even in bright sunlight.
                      I found it to be quite bulky & was afraid to squish it inside my camera bag & so tried it hanging from a shoulder strap. Likely to get caught on something that way. So, I decided to return to B&H (thanks for your liberal return policy!).
                      I ordered the Hoodman Compact Hoodloupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2" LCD instead, along with the Hoodman Cinema Strap. For me, I think this will be more convenient with similar functionality.

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                      4.0

                      Would do it again

                      By Jason

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                      Although there is some slight distortion in the corners, it serves its purpose quite well. Solid piece of gear if you're working outdoors.

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                      3.0

                      Still sittin' on the fence about this

                      By CineTim

                      from Victoria, BC

                      About Me Cinematographer

                      Pros

                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Limited Compatibility
                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                      I've had some mixed feelings about the Cinema Kit Pro over about the year or so I have been using it. I will start with my thoughts on the HoodCrane.
                      Initially it seemed like a great product. It was very adjustable which was appealing and the build quality looked promising. Both of these factors proved to be true, however I had a lot of trouble keeping the HoodCrane in the hotshoe mount of my 60D. It would gradually slip out after a few mintues even when it was seemingly very tightened down and light began to leak in. I put a rubber washer on the coldshoe mount hoping to avoid slipping with metal on metal contact with the camera, but it still didn't solve the problem. To make a long story short the HoodCrane didn't hold the loupe snugly against the screen and essentially defeated the purpose of using the loupe in the first place. The second point that I was dissatisfied with is that the HoodCrane obviously holds the loupe in a fixed position like a lot of other DSLR LCD/eyepiece set-ups. Now I can't believe I didn't put more thought into this, but the ergonomics were just terrible for me while using this on sticks. The fixed position is fine if you have a fixed screen, however if you've got a articulating LCD like I do on a 60D it renders it immobile and becomes very annoying shooting anything above or below an eye level set up. Having said that if you're using this on a should rig I'm sure it would be fantastic. Ultimately I scrapped the HoodCrane entirely and strapped the loupe onto my screen with a couple elastic bands. It works wonderfully and I didn't lose my articulating screen.
                      Now, onto the loupe. In short I loved it. The build quality is great and I found the magnification and focus of the LCD perfect. The eyecup isn't terribly comfortable, but it functions well enough.

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                      5.0

                      2 people different visions, great!

                      By Peace Cricket

                      from Bloomfield, NJ

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                        My film partner and I are complete opposites in vision; he's nearsighted, and I'm farsighted and amazingly, we both could see through this loupe just fine with a quick twist of the eyepiece. The z-finder had me confused on which to get due to its eyesight specs, plus I found it a bit pricey. The Hoodman worked great. We do an audio/visual podcast, and we mounted our wireless mic effortlessly on top of the Hoodman shoe that was attached to our Nikon D800. AND, like another reviewer, I too thought something was wrong with the Focus that turned out to be a little piece of protective plastic that fell out of the diopter that made everything blurry (I too was about to throw it out!). SO, DO DOUBLE-CHECK that this piece of plastic may be affecting the focus, because it really does work great!

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                        5.0

                        Perfect addition to DLSR

                        By P ROCK

                        from South Windsor, CCT

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Teacher

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily adjustable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                          I had previously purchased 2 other viewfinders for a Canon T3i but every one of them required a more permanent attachment to the LCD screen which I didn't want. I needed to be able to use the camera without the viewfinder and then quickly reattach it when filming video. The Cinema Kit Pro was exactly what I was looking for. The hotshoe attachment works great and it is extremely easy to position it to match the LCD screen and keep it secure without a lot of manipulation and adjustment. The locking arms work great to get it located exactly behind the LCD and the eyepiece is easily adjusted for proper alignment. The arms are adjustable to just about any position for different cameras and the beauty is that it can be quickly flipped up out of position without removing the entire unit from the camera. This is a definite advantage to the viewfinder over others. The unit does not have to be permanently attached so that the camera can be used normally and the LCD screen can be closed for protection when the camera is not being used. This is a great unit and a great value for the price.

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                          4.0

                          Best Value for this class product

                          By Titanic Images

                          from Mississauga, Ontario Canada

                          About Me Advanced amateur, Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Eye Cup Could Be Tighter

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                          I use this for birding. I get my still shot, flip it down and around and get my video clip. Nothing is permanently attached to the camera.The loupe has a soft rubber feel and will not scratch anything. Set it once ,tighten and forget about it.Re-attach to hotshoe and your ready to view again.Optics seem clear and undistorted.

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                          5.0

                          Hoodsman Cinema Kit Pro

                          By KevinG

                          from Apache Junction, Az

                          About Me Film Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                            I use this to capture video on a Nikon D7000 camera. The mount is nice because it places the hood in the same place everytime without having to fidget with anything. The hood blocks out unwanted light making it easy to compose the scene.

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                            5.0

                            Does what it should do.

                            By Michael J

                            from North Central Wisconsin

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro:

                                I can now shoot video with my D600 in bright sunlight! The unit is well constructed, sturdy and works perfectly. Set up is a snap. I'm thrilled with my Hoodman.

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