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Varavon Loupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder

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Product Highlights
  • Fits Any 3.0" DSLR Display
  • 3x Display Magnification Ratio
  • Sliding Diopter Adjustment Knob
  • Sponge Seal Won't Damage Camera Body
  • No Batteries or Power Supply Required
  • Prevents Light Leak and Reflections
  • Mounts via 1/4"-20 Screw and Dial
  • Built-In 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
  • Hinges Open Over 180°

The Loupe EX-Solo DSLR Optical Viewfinder with 3x Universal Loupe from Varavon is a quick and simple solution to shooting video in sunlight, or anywhere harsh shadows and glare reflect off of the LCD screen. Built to universally fit any 3.0" DSLR screen, the Loupe EX-Solo has all of the essential parts of an optical viewfinder: the main body, a lens, diopter adjustment, and vertical hinges.

Beginning with the main body, this 3.0" viewfinder is large enough to cover your camera's screen, and gentle enough not to leave a mark on the camera. The spongy material used to press against the camera not only blocks unwanted light, but also forms an excellent seal, fitting your camera without the use of glue, pins or camera plates. It houses four small magnets to hold the hinges closed, as well as a built-in cradle.

The aluminum dial has both a male 1/4"-20 screw to mount your camera onto, as well as a 1/4"-20 socket to mount the entire unit onto a tripod. The dial also slides within the main body's cradle so it can accommodate DSLR sockets from different manufacturers and brands.

On the opposite end of the sponge and dial is the loupe assembly with a rubber eyecup, and diopter adjustment knob. Comfortably place the soft rubber eyecup to your face and easily slide the knob to adjust the focus of the diopter to you. The glass lens has a 3x magnification ratio enabling you to get an even larger and clearer view of the scenes as you shoot them.

If you don't need to use the entire viewfinder, you have the option to quickly and easily open the viewfinder using its hinges and use it like a display hood. The durable hinges ensure the viewfinder won't close in on itself as you're viewing it and are designed to hold it over 180° so it's out of the way.

Fits Any 3.0" DSLR Display
The Loupe EX-Solo is a universal viewfinder designed to work with any DSLR with a 3.0" rear display. It can be adjusted to fit several distances from the 1/4"-20 screw, and forms a seal with its spongy material that won't damage or leave residue on the camera.
3x Display Magnification Ratio
See your camera's display larger and clearer than ever with the 3x magnification ratio that comes with using this optical viewfinder. This helps you to see the details in your shots as you capture them, rather than when viewed on a monitor later on.
Sliding Diopter Adjustment Knob
For any level of eyesight, the sliding diopter adjustment knob is easy to find without taking your eyes away from the viewfinder, and is easily moved to the best focusing distance that your eyes need to see properly.
Prevents Light Leak and Reflections
When shooting in daylight, or anywhere that light reaches your camera display, it can really hinder your ability to see colors and shadows properly on the screen. This optical viewfinder prevents light and reflections from leaking in and compromising your view.
Mounts via 1/4"-20 Screw and Dial
The standardized 1/4"-20 screw allows you to easily attach the viewfinder to nearly any DSLR, in the thread mount that would normally be used for a tripod.
Built-In 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
Since the viewfinder is already taking up the tripod socket, the main body's aluminum dial has a built-in 1/4"-20 socket so you don't miss out on shooting with a tripod. Simply mount the tripod to it rather than the camera's socket and you won't miss a thing when shooting low light.
Hinges Open Over 180°
To get the optic out of the way when you don't need it, the two hinges allow you to quickly flip the eyecup and lens up, so you can use the rest of the main body as a display hood.
Compatibility Fits any DSLR with a 3.0" rear display
Magnification 3x
Supported Configurations Display hood or loupe viewfinder
Mount Types Sliding aluminum dial with 1/4"-20 screw for a DSLR socket
Built-in 1/4"-20 socket in aluminum dial to attach to a tripod
Material Aluminum diopter knob, aluminum dial, rubber eyecup, glass lens and sponge seal

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VaravonLoupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

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      5.0

      Awesome good for filming

      By Skibs

      from Hilo Hawaii

      Comments about Varavon Loupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder:

      Awesome love it

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      5.0

      Does the Job

      By Pete

      from New Jersey

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

        Comments about Varavon Loupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder:

        Excellent product. Very sturdy build. However, one of the magnets that hold the loupe when closed fell off. It simple fix I just used some super glue to reattach it. It is large and will take up a good amount of room in your pack. In summation it is a good product and it does its job well. It is light weight, keeps the sun out, and the diapoter works great.

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        4.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Big Black

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Varavon Loupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder:

          After I purchased this product I attached it to my T4i and haven't taken it off. I made this purchase after working on a Documentary. The shoot was outdoors and it just happened to be a bright day with no over cast. The screen on the Canon was almost render useless and the monitor with the shade cover wasn't much better. I like the fact that I can focus and see the whole screen in the eyepiece. The only fault that I found is with the eyesight correction. The lever doesn't lock into position. Even with this minor fault I would recommend this item.

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          4.0

          Built tough and ready for battle!

          By Blake C

          from Wagga Wagga, Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Diopter Adjustment Weak
          • No Battery Grip Use

          Best Uses

          • Any Production
          • Variety
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Varavon Loupe EX-Solo Universal DSLR Optical Viewfinder:

          I use my DSLR for a wide variety of different styles of video content from music videos to corporate work and advertising. I needed a viewfinder for my 6D which doesn't seem to have much support at the moment as it is so new, so went with the universal option.

          Initial impressions were fantastic - the build quality is just great, especially compared to some of the cheaper options on the market. It is made of a thick heavy duty plastic and good quality rubber for the eye piece. The base and sides allow for a large amount of versatility with fitment and once tightened provide a solid mounting.

          The unit has a foam lining where it meets with the LCD which both protects and seals to give a good light proof fit. The bottom mounting also allows for another 1/4" 20 accessory to be fitted like a quick release plate.

          One of my favourite features is that the eye piece can be flipped up and used as a sun hood. tHis works well to check shots while on a tripod or for viewing from another person such as a director or focus puller (if using the cameras screen). The hinges are good quality and when placed in the eye piece position is held in with strong magnets which provides a good connection.

          On the not so great size, the diopter adjustment doesn't have a locking mechanism and can be bumped and moved easily. This isn't too much of an issue though. Out of the box, I had to bend the tab slightly which mounts to the bottom of the camera so that the unit would sit flush with the LCD. One other small negative is that it can't be used with a battery grip as it spaces the grip down too far.

          Overall the unit is high quality and well worth the money. It serves, my purposes well and im sure it will continue to perform

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