Hoodman Cinema Kit

Shown with Optional Equipment

Close

( Shown with Optional Equipment)

What item is right for you?
Ask our Experts! 800.606.6969 Live Chat

Hoodman Cinema Kit

B&H # HOHLMKIT Mfr # HLMKIT
Back-ordered

Availability Details

Close
This item is backordered by the manufacturer. Order now and we'll deliver when available. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
PayPal Orders
PayPal orders will be charged when the order is placed.
International Orders
International orders will be charged when the order is placed.

Free Expedited Shipping
You Pay: $109.99
OR
Product Highlights
  • Glare-Free LCD Viewing
  • Fits Any Screen Up To 3.0"
  • Allows LCD To Be Used As A Viewfinder
  • 1:1 LCD Ratio
  • Cinema Straps Attach Viewer to Camera
  • Eyepiece Rubber-Coated For Comfort
  • Optional 3x Magnifying Eyecup Included

The Cinema Kit from Hoodman eliminates glare from your DSLR's LCD screen. This 3-piece kit gives live-view videographers the chance to see even the finest details while recording. The 1:1 ocular (which can be increased by attaching the included 3x magnifier) provides a clear view that preserves the screen's integrity while the hood is held in place by the kit's Cinema Straps.

The kit consists of the HoodLoupe 3.0, the HoodMAG 3.0 and the Cinema Strap.

Glare-Free LCD Viewing
Easily check your focus, histogram, and composition outdoors. The HoodLoupe is designed to fit over a standard LCD screen so you can view the LCD without the usual glare
Cinema Strap Attaches HoodLoupe To Camera
No need to hold the HoodLoupe in place, the straps wrap around the camera body so you can use both hands to operate the camera
Built-In Adjustable Diopter
No need to wear glasses to see the LCD, the built-in diopter corrects for most prescriptions (± 3)
Magnification Eyecup
The additional 3x magnified eyecup keeps even the finest detail on the LCD sharp while shooting video. Slide the eyecup onto the eyepiece and instantly check the focus in any part of the frame
Rubber-Coated Housing and Eyepiece
Protects against occasional bumps and makes it easier to hold up to your eye for extended periods of time
Magnification 1x Without Eyepiece, 3x With Eyepiece
Coating Rubberized
Attachment Method Elastic Straps
Diopter Correction ± 3

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
HoodmanCinema Kit
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video (5)
    • Landscape photography (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Professional (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great with modifications for D5100

    When I purchased my Nikon d5100 from B&H I did not realize that I could only use the LCD monitor when shooting video. (The mirror needs to be in the up...Read complete review

    When I purchased my Nikon d5100 from B&H I did not realize that I could only use the LCD monitor when shooting video. (The mirror needs to be in the up position so the viewfinder is non-functional.) This was a big disappointment for me as it is difficult to see the monitor in bright daylight and for the past 55 years I've used a viewfinder and as an old guy don't like to learn new ways.
    But then I saw an ad for Hoodman in one of the photo magazines and ordered one from B&H. It works great but I have experience a few minor problems with my d5100. First, the "rubber band" cords work better on my d5100 if I hook one over the top in front of the pop up flash and one to a 1/4" bolt screwed into the tripod socket or around a tripod if using one. Also, the Hoodman can slide around on the LCD monitor. If the cords are pulled too tight, then the cords start to pull the rubber attaching ring out of the grove on the Hoodman.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good viewfinder, poor mounting

    This kit includes the basic Hoodman viewfinder, the 3x loupe and the mounting straps.

    The viewfinder itself is good and with 3x loupe it's even better. Make sure to get the...Read complete review

    This kit includes the basic Hoodman viewfinder, the 3x loupe and the mounting straps.

    The viewfinder itself is good and with 3x loupe it's even better. Make sure to get the eye loupe if you plan to use this. It provides magnification so the image fills your field of view instead of looking like a smaller picture. It also provides a much better fit to your eye since it's contoured. This viewer has a diopter adjustment which is a must for any viewer but especially if you wear glasses. Some of the more expenses viewfinders don't or require special spacers. The zacuto viewfinder has minimal adjustment and requires spacers for eyesight.

    The single biggest downfall of this is the mounting. The viewfinder itself is excellent and I bought this to avoid being forced to glue a mounting bracket on the viewfinder or having to go through a full tripod base just to hold the viewfinder. Unfortunately the expensive rubber bands require some effort to put on and take off. If you're using your camera at times with a camera strap, the strap has to be removed. It;s tough if you want to quickly remove or add the viewfinder on set. And more importantly it doesn't stay in place. The viewfinder will shift left and right and possible rotate a bit so it's easy to accidentally shoot more than you expect. Not good.

    I used with a 60D and it worked fine with the exception of slipping sideways. As it is I will probably return it due to the shifting position. It should be mentioned that the Hoodman camcorder mounting strap can be used to hold this even with the 60D LCD rotated out. Great for checking focus and framing outside. Not too heavy for the LCD and as long as you don't push down on it, it's likely to be ok. However it did still shift a bit even with this mounting method.

    Reviewed by 19 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-19

    Back to top

     
    5.0

    Great piece of kit!!

    By Rossco

    from Gloucester nsw Australia

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

      Ideal for serious amateurs.We can't do without this product in bright sunshine.Very comfortable on the eye.Simplicity is it's virtue,good work 'Hoodman'

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little Gadge

      By foxfritz

      from Alberta Canada

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

        This is exactly what I expected it to be.
        After reading all the reviews good and bad, I went ahead and purchased it.
        I would not be without it.
        I have such a hard time looking at the screen in the field....but no more....
        This is an Awesome tool to help enlarge the image to see if I'm in focus
        LUV IT !

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Must Have

        By BRIAN

        from Moyock, nc

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Traveling

          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

          Love this product for outdoor use in bright light. A MUST HAVE!!!

          Share this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          love it!!!!

          By marineboy

          from moyock, nc

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

            This product is GREAT!!!!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great with modifications for D5100

            By Old Kent

            from Oconomowoc, WI

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

              When I purchased my Nikon d5100 from B&H I did not realize that I could only use the LCD monitor when shooting video. (The mirror needs to be in the up position so the viewfinder is non-functional.) This was a big disappointment for me as it is difficult to see the monitor in bright daylight and for the past 55 years I've used a viewfinder and as an old guy don't like to learn new ways.
              But then I saw an ad for Hoodman in one of the photo magazines and ordered one from B&H. It works great but I have experience a few minor problems with my d5100. First, the "rubber band" cords work better on my d5100 if I hook one over the top in front of the pop up flash and one to a 1/4" bolt screwed into the tripod socket or around a tripod if using one. Also, the Hoodman can slide around on the LCD monitor. If the cords are pulled too tight, then the cords start to pull the rubber attaching ring out of the grove on the Hoodman.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not a Solution for me

              By fotochop

              from Fifth Ward, LA

              About Me Professional

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                Great: optics & diopter

                Not Great: it slid all over my MkIII lcd, cropping part of the image. Didn't like the rubber band vs. strap issue (you gotta choose one or the other).

                Gonna go with an hdmi small monitor instead.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Great optical performance, bands not so

                By Technical Imaging

                from Mount Laurel, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Fixation

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                Excellent optical performance at affordable price for the photo enthusiast. However, the bands do not hold the loupe in place in my Canon cameras. I use the Redrock Micro microFinder Loupe Accessory Kit which keeps the loupe in place.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Does work, but...

                By lmsavannah

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Interviews

                Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                Limited options for mounting eyepiece on NEX-5n. I desided I did not want a magnetic mount next to my camera, so I went with this one with its "rubberband" mount. Well, it works. Very clunky. I'm going to keep it, but mount it with graffers tape. You can buy the same thing for less without the rubber band mount. Rubber band mount would probably work well on something like a T2i where the lens was more prominate, and there was more camera body on either side of the lens. Problematic on the NEX-5n

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great setup for recording concerts

                By Rob

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                  I'm using my EOS 5D Mark II to record kids' concerts. This setup is great - it solves the focus problem with little fuss.

                  Other reviewers are concerned the straps can break. It would be easy to replace them with other shock cord should that happen. The design is very straightforward and reasonably robust.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for still photography too!

                  By Nightnoise

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                    I am 59 years old and as a consequence, I have old eyes. I picked up the Cinema Kit because I want to do more landscape photography and this kit has a magnified eye piece. Holy Cow! When I use this hood I can see the LCD screen well enough to manual focus! I use it on a Canon EOS 60D. It comes with the standard neck strap, a standard eye piece, and already attached, the magnifier eyepiece and elastic bands for attaching it for cinema work. So far I have just used it as configured and it works great for still camera work. For someone with old eyes, this thing is a game changer!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good viewfinder, poor mounting

                    By HDSLR Filmmaker

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Video Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors
                      • Video

                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                      This kit includes the basic Hoodman viewfinder, the 3x loupe and the mounting straps.

                      The viewfinder itself is good and with 3x loupe it's even better. Make sure to get the eye loupe if you plan to use this. It provides magnification so the image fills your field of view instead of looking like a smaller picture. It also provides a much better fit to your eye since it's contoured. This viewer has a diopter adjustment which is a must for any viewer but especially if you wear glasses. Some of the more expenses viewfinders don't or require special spacers. The zacuto viewfinder has minimal adjustment and requires spacers for eyesight.

                      The single biggest downfall of this is the mounting. The viewfinder itself is excellent and I bought this to avoid being forced to glue a mounting bracket on the viewfinder or having to go through a full tripod base just to hold the viewfinder. Unfortunately the expensive rubber bands require some effort to put on and take off. If you're using your camera at times with a camera strap, the strap has to be removed. It;s tough if you want to quickly remove or add the viewfinder on set. And more importantly it doesn't stay in place. The viewfinder will shift left and right and possible rotate a bit so it's easy to accidentally shoot more than you expect. Not good.

                      I used with a 60D and it worked fine with the exception of slipping sideways. As it is I will probably return it due to the shifting position. It should be mentioned that the Hoodman camcorder mounting strap can be used to hold this even with the 60D LCD rotated out. Great for checking focus and framing outside. Not too heavy for the LCD and as long as you don't push down on it, it's likely to be ok. However it did still shift a bit even with this mounting method.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Keep It Simple Stupid

                      By JumpShot

                      from On the beach, somewhere.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Video Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                        It is simple, functional and a great value. Wish more things were!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Most important accessory

                        By Bru the semipro

                        from Norman OK

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                              Recentlywent to Yellowstone. Saw two professionals. They separately told me this was the most important accessory they carried. Both had the viewer around their necks.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              I would buy this product again and again

                              By Alfonso

                              from Mexico D.F.

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                              Cinema kit I've used with my sony nex 5. The change in imagedisplay in broad daylight has been decisive. Now I really see what I'm photographing

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              OK Product

                              By Stan

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Terrific magnification

                              Cons

                              • Hold-on strap not great

                              Best Uses

                              • Check screen in sunlight

                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                              I do very little video, so my main purpose for the hood is to check exposure, etc. on the rear monitor in bright conditions. For this I just keep the hood on the lanyard, pick it up and position it when needed.

                              I have tried to set it up with the elastic bands to permanently mount it to the screen (as for video or live view) but it's not terribly stabile in this configuration.

                              In spite of that, I do like the unit. I have the 3x magnifier which I consider a necessity. The optics are so good that I never had realized before how much detail was available on the back screen.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Works well with Pentax K-5 and Pana GH1

                              By Mick S.

                              from Omaha, NE

                              About Me Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                                  The "pony-tail holder" rubber bands seem to work pretty well, and they are certainly more durable than what other reviewers claim (these are not rubber bands that would hold your newspaper together). The quality of the optics is decent, and overall I am happy to use this on my K-5 and Panasonic GH1 (actually I use it with a shoulder rig and the screen flipped out to the side). I am happy with this product for the price. The carrying pouch is nice quality too.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Essential Piece of Equipment!

                                  By lucentsteve

                                  from Chandler, AZ

                                  About Me Power User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                                      If you shoot outdoors in the sun or video with your camera this is an essential piece of equipment. The magnifying eye piece makes checking the image focus and quality easy. Especially when shooting outdoors or in a bright environment.

                                      It's also a must for shooting video in live view. My vision isn't the best and trying to focus just using the 3" LCD screen on my 5DMKII is nearly impossible.

                                      The only thing negative is that it has a tendency to move out of position while attached to the camera. Of course this can be somewhat expected with it's mounting method, but it still can be a little annoying. Though this is not a deal breaker, it's still a great product.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Hoodman Cinema Kit

                                      By Tex

                                      from Boston

                                      About Me Power User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                                          I used this product to shoot video at an outside concert. We all know how troublesome sunlight and glare can be on LCD's. This product not only gave me the piece of mind to see what I am shooting but also added stability which any filmmaker will tell you, an eye piece can help with. Being able to lean your eye to it gives you a bit more stabilization while handheld. I saw other reviews about the straps not doing there job. The straps kept the eye piece stayed in place and was a breeze to take on and off. Straps did not break. The diopter was also an interesting added feature. Changing the placement of the rubber eye cup was easy as well. Great if you need to change which eye your using to look through. The price is a bit steep for what it is but not enough to dissuade me from recommending this.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Excellent

                                          By akaflash

                                          from Canaan Heights, WV

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Hoodman Cinema Kit:

                                              Excellent array of focus adjustment. For the price, I give it 5 stars without a doubt.
                                              Used on a D3s - very good fit.
                                              Video isn't too much my thing, but before this unit, it was near-impossible for me to find focus.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

                                              Share this review

                                              Viewfinders Accessories

                                              Show more >
                                              Hoodman -  HoodMAG 3.0 3x Magnifying Eyecup for HoodLoupe 3
                                              • You Pay: $38.17
                                               

                                              System Extensions

                                              Hoodman -  HoodCrane Universal Hot Shoe Mount for LCD Accessories
                                              • You Pay: $39.99
                                               
                                              See any errors on this page? Let us know.

                                              Close

                                              Close

                                              Close