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Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder

B&H # CICVF Mfr # CICYCL001
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You Pay: $275.00
Product Highlights
  • 72mm Removable Optic
  • Great Focus From 3' Away From Camera
  • Adjustable To Fit Larger Cameras
  • Interchangeable Front/Rear Hood Elements
  • Simultaneous Director / Shooter Viewing
  • Nearly Limitless Rigging Options
  • No Attachment to LCD

The Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder from Cinevate Inc. is a framing / focusing tool for a DSLR camera. Its sled is designed to allow for nearly limitless rigging options. The viewfinder can be adjusted to accommodate larger cameras and the front and rear hood elements can be interchanged to allow for the trend of larger LCD sizes. Additionally, a special riser is included, enabling you to adjust the Cyclops to optimum height for use with lower LCD screens. The optic / lens itself can be switched from the back of your camera to the front, allowing for versatility in detail and image sharpness, depending upon your subject and your needs.

This viewfinder allows you to view your subject with great focus, even from 3 feet away from the camera! What's more is that with this tool, director and shooter can view images at the same time. The viewfinder does not attach in any way to your LCD; there's no touch fastener, sticky tape or elastic involved.

Precision molded fiber-reinforced composite gives the viewfinder's sled a solid foundation for virtually endless rigging options
Large 72mm optic / lens is made from exotic glass elements that are optically bonded, then fully coated for maximum brightness
Fully adjustable (3 axis) to accommodate even larger cameras, such as Nikon D3s and Canon 1D MkIV
Allows you to achieve critical focus from as far away as 3.0' (0.9 m) from the camera!
You can use both eyes to frame/focus and you won't have to remove eye-glasses
Allows director and shooter to view images at the same time
Optic can be quickly removed and attached to the front of your camera via 72mm threads, creating a +5 power macro with resolution to match even full size HDSLR sensors
Special included riser adjusts Cyclops to optimum height for use with lower LCD screens, such as those on the Canon 7D and T2i
Sled option not recommended on cameras with flip-out LCD screens, like the 60D or GH1
Does not attach to your LCD - no touch fastener, sticky tape or elastics!
Applications HD video or photo capture with DSLR camera
Ideal LCD screen size: 3.5" (8.9cm)
Focal Range 3.0' (0.9 m)
Dimensions 8.0 x 5.5 x 3.0" (20.3 x 14.0 x 7.5cm) (LxWxH)
Lens Diameter: 2.8" (72mm)
Threads: 2.8" (72mm)
Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder
  • Riser for Height Adjustment
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Cinevate IncCyclops DSLR Viewfinder
     
    4.1

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Great picture quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (6)
      • Weddings (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      5.0

      Cyclops

      By Wilson

      from New York City

      Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

      This is a great purchase to make sure that your video is fully focused and to film in hares sunlight. It is hard to see the little LCD screen in the sun without the cyclops. I also love that it does not require batteries. The magnification is great. I would recommend this product. It's very easy to mount and use.

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      5.0

      Cyclops Viewfinder

      By Alexander

      from Napier, New Zealand

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Added Benefits
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Good value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

        I wear glasses therefore the choice of the Cyclops is obvious. The purchase is due to my desire to enter the field of the DSLR video. Cinevate has very good business strategy allowing to gradually build a system of photo/video gear without making the previous purchases redundant. This is a very good selling point which along with good quality will attract the increasing number of customers. Thank you, Cinevate and B&H for this exciting opportunity

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        1.0

        En español.

        By akio

        from California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Plastico Muy Feo

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

            EL producto me desilusionó. Yo había leído decenas de criticas en su mayoría positivas con respecto a este articulo, pero resultó ser un fiasco.

            1. El producto está totalmente construido en PLÁSTICO y del barato. Inclusive la base y el puente, no ya digamos el visor propiamente dicho, es 100% plástico y feo.

            2. El diseño tiene MUCHOS problemas, quizás demasiados. Nada se ajusta totalmente bien, hay que estar manipulando con distintos movimientos el artefacto para que ni siquiera quede bien ajustado a la pantalla.

            3. Si utilizas la cámara con Grip de Batería, mejor olvídate de comprar el Cyclops.

            4. Para armar todo el sistema y montarlo tienes que invertir de 5 a 10 minutos. No creas que pones dos tornillos y ya quedó listo para utilizar. Si ya lo tienes montado, tienes que retirar la zapata del tripié para luego seguir desmontando todo el sistema.

            5. Aunque viene con una goma protectora para la pantalla, de todos modos la pantalla sufrirá rayones por parte del Cyclops.

            Ahora cuesta 275$, antes costaba casi el doble, un robo.
            A favor tengo que decir que la lupa cumple su función y ayuda mucho a visualizar la pantalla con mucha claridad, pero poniendo en la balanza los pro y los contra, yo no lo recomiendo.

            Una cosa es verlo en las fotos y en los videos y otra muy muy diferente es tenerlo en tus manos.

            Estoy pensando seriamente en regresarlo a BH.
            He comprado un slider Cinevate y aun no me llega, tengo miedo de llevarme otra desilusión.

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            3.0

            Good for people with vision problems

            By joanvet

            from santa cruz

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Resolution

            Cons

            • Needs Adaptation D800

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

            While the magnification and brightness of the LCD screen is really amazing using the cyclops, there are several drawbacks as noted by other reviewers. The main drawback is that it does not fit on a D800 camera. It is necessary to adapt it by either cutting down one of the screws that come with the viewfinder or purchasing the appropriate length screw to hold the cyclops to the camera. It is also necessary to use a spacer so that the viewfinder matches up with the LCD screen and if you don't want to lose the rubber gasket, the company representative advised using a little glue to keep it in place.

            Since I am an older avid amateur photographer I think the cyclops will be extremely useful for manual focus and for making DSLR videos. It should be very helpful for anyone with vision problems.

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            4.0

            Great viewfinder for a dedicated vid rig

            By pony driver

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Allows Both Eye Viewing
            • Clear Optics
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Clumsy Mounting System

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

            This is a great viewfinder for a dedicated DSLR video rig. Not so great if you want to quickly switch from video to stills through the prism viewfinder. The mounting plate is held onto the camera base with an allen bolt. The one supplied was about 2mm too long for my D7100. Because the D7100 has such a large LCD, the Cyclops could not be adjusted to fit the lower edge without a spacer between the mounting plate and the camera base. Once completely adjusted, the viewfinder can be removed by the one bolt, but it's still cumbersome. There's a rubber gasket that goes between the viewfinder and the camera screen, but it doesn't fit particularly well and will probably get lost if you're not paying attention. Also, glasses wearers be aware that even though the viewfinder end is large, your glasses may not allow you to get very close to the image. Also, when coupled with a long lens, the it makes for a pretty large rig.

            All that said, the Cyclops is a good viewfinder. The optics are great and creates a large bright image. I've not tried it as a macro lens yet, but I imagine it would work very well in that application. If you need to quickly switch from video to stills, perhaps something with a quick release like the Zacuto Z-finder would be better suited. The Cyclops is best used as part of a full-on dedicated DSLR video rig.

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            5.0

            SpecMarvelous!!!!!!!

            By Subliminal

            from Dallas,Tx

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Marvelous Visibility

            Cons

            • Needs Cushion

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Video Production
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

            One word *SpecMarvelous* i.e. Spectacularly Marvelous. Now I can record accurately focused video- portable or rigged for hours with absolutely no eye fatigue.

            The lens is big- bright, neutral and clean, which has allowed me to consistently obtain laser accurate images and video.

            P.S. I did one day shipping and my package arrived at the exact time i was quoted by BH, which was phenomenal. Phenomenal product, Phenomenal service.

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            5.0

            My Secret Weapon

            By Dan D.

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

              I am a videographer so I decided to give the Cyclops a try doing a video wedding this past weekend. I absolutely love it. The magnification allows me to see my subjects crystal clear. The best part is I don't have to place my eye tightly close to this particular viewfinder. I can now view my shots using both eyes and still able to use my peripheral vision to see what's going on in the surrounding areas as well. All in all, the cyclops is an awesome piece of equipment. It is my new secret weapon which will give me an advantage edge over the other videographers. The only complaint I have about it is that it is a bit overpriced.

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              4.0

              Resolving DSLR Eye Lens Coordination

              By A Delight Production

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

                Cinevate's DSLR Viewfinder is extremely easy to attach to my Nikon D7000 DSLR. One simple Robertson driver is all that is needed. Just mount the camera body on to the cyclops and tighten the Robertson screw in to the tripod mount slot. The dismount is just easy!
                I have no more concerns about the balance of both eyes when focusing and the focus is extraordinarily pristine. Nor do I experience one exhausted eye after more than an hour of viewing my project through a single eye viewfinder or worse attempting to properly focus through the LCD. Cinevate's DSLR Viewfinder blew me away when I saw it demonstrated on my own DSLR. What's also great is that I can step back a bit and view what going on through the lens without placing my face into the viewfinder. Its clear, sharp and shows the subject bigger than life. The fact that you've invested in a macro lens as well is a huge plus. My best investment this year!

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                5.0

                Best Viewfinder on the planet

                By Tine

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Cinevate Inc Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder:

                  I used the cyclops for a video I just directed and it worked beautifully. I loved that I didn't need to put my eyes right up to the viewfinder in order to see the picture, I still had great vision even from a distance. That proved to be a lifesaver since the shoulder rig I was using had short rails and would've been pressed against my chin with any other viewfinder. Also, we had a camera spill on set and the viewfinder took the brunt of the impact. Not only did it keep performing but there wasn't even a scratch on it! Now that's durability.

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