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Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Fits Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X
  • Convert DSLR for Better Video Recording
  • 220% Magnification of 3.2" LCD Screen
  • AR Coated and Optically Corrected Lens
  • 40mm Lens with Silicone Rubber Eyecup
  • Bluestar Microfiber Eye Cushion
  • Flat Magnetic Mount for Easy Removal
  • 180° Flip Design for Either Eye
  • Splash & Dust Resistant
  • Powder-Coated Metal Body

The LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras from Kinotehnik is an optical viewfinder used to shoot either photos or videos with better camera control, and view of 3.2" LCDs. It is an essential accessory that enables photographers to take advantage of the HD video features of Canon's EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLR cameras.

At the heart of the LCDVF3C is an achromatic lens pair that consists of two optical components vacuum-cemented together to form a lens which is computer optimized to correct for chromatic aberrations. Its magnetic interface allows rapid mounting and removal without any wear and tear on the camera. All you need to do is apply the adhesive-covered thin metal frame to your camera body and from then on, it's a simple click-on / click-off solution to attach and remove the viewfinder.

Convert DSLR for Better Video Recording
Convert you DSLR camera body to capture steadier and more composed videos
220% Magnification of 3.2" LCD Screen
Magnify the 3.2" LCD screen of your Canon EOS 5D Mark III or 1D X by 220% for clear viewing
AR Coated and Optically Corrected Lens
Clearly view your LCD through the optically corrected, AR coated lens
Silicone Rubber Eyecup with Bluestar Microfiber Eyecushion
Use the smooth silicone rubber eyecup for the traditional feel of recording video, or attach the microfiber eyecusion for added comfort
Flat Magnetic Mount for Easy Removal
Apply the adhesive-covered, thin metal frame to your camera body and from then on simply click the viewfinder on or off your camera
Better Shooting in Direct Sunlight
Shoot in direct sunlight without distracting reflections or glare with the light-tight LCDVF
180° Flip Design for Either Eye
You can flip the direction of the viewfinder/eyecup so that it correctly wraps around either eye
Splash & Dust Resistant, Powder-Coated Metal Body
The quality construction and seals of the viewfinder are resistant to splashes of water and dust when attached to the back of the camera, keeping your view of the LCD clean and dust free
Magnification 220%
Aperture - Objective Diameter 1.6" (4.0 cm)
Material Body: Impact resistant ABS
Eyecup: Skin friendly silicone rubber
Eye Cushion: Bluestar microfiber
Universal Mount: Galvanized and powder coated metal shield
Weight 3.84 oz (110 g)
Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras
  • 2 x Mounting Frames
  • Microfiber Eyecup Cushion
  • Protective Neoprene Pouch
  • Lanyard
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • User Manual
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    KinotehnikLCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras
     
    4.2

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (19)
    • Lightweight (15)
    • Durable (8)
    • Compact (4)
    • Good video quality (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (16)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Weddings (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    WORKS WITH VELLO Snap-On LCD Protector!!

    I owned one before for my Canon 5D Mark II and it works as advertised. But what to do if you want to use a screen protector with it? You'll love the way I...Read complete review

    I owned one before for my Canon 5D Mark II and it works as advertised. But what to do if you want to use a screen protector with it? You'll love the way I did.I need to be able to use BOTH, the LCDVF and the Snap-On LCD Screen Protector (B&H item# VESPGSC5D3). I called B&H but nobody knew the answer to that. So I had the "audacity" to try this... Well, I tested the "theory" myself using my Small HD DP-4 giant viewfinder to simulate the idea since I didn't have yet the actual LCDVF in hands...Turns out that the focus was perfect so I went ahead and ordered.Result: WORKED!! The LCDVF OR ANY OTHER VIEWFINDER OF THIS NATURE has a FOCUSING tolerance of 1/2 inch DISTANCE so it won't matter if you use the LCDVF as the manual says or with things in between the LCDVF anf the camera's LCD. How to SETUP: 1-Install the Vello B&H # VESPGSC5D3 on the camera's LCD, read the instructions..2- Place the LCDVF's metal magnetic frame on the already installed Snap-On LCD Screen Protector insted of placing it directly on the camera's LCD.3- To remove the LDCVF from the camera, gently pull it out + downwards, not straight at you so you won't lift the Snap-On LCD Screen Protector because if the magnets. Note that the Snap-On LCD Screen Protector is installed at the camera;s viewfinder therefore the bottom will lift. It's just common sense...To remove everything from the camera. Remove the Snap-On LCD Screen Protector and everything is gone! All you see is the camera's bare LCD screen!I'm so glad that I don't have to place that nasty sticker from the LCDVF's metal frame directly onto my Mark III's LCD as it will be a nightmare to remove when I had to take it off to sell my 5D Mark II.So there you have it! Place the LCDVF when shooting video and remove when you are shooting stills THUS having a full LCD UV GLASS protection!!

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    Good product for the price

    This viewfinder is great for the price, but it's not wonderful. If you want an LCD and don't want to shell out a couple [$]- this is your best bet. I love...Read complete review

    This viewfinder is great for the price, but it's not wonderful. If you want an LCD and don't want to shell out a couple [$]- this is your best bet. I love it and will say it's become an absolute must for me when filming on my MKIII. It allows you to obtain a much more balanced image while filming - worries about fine tune focusing and exposure are all set aside when you have this to look through. The biggest downside to this product are the weak magnets. The viewfinder is easily bumped off. Mine falls ALL the time. It's durable, doesn't break when it falls... it's just not very adhesive.

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    5.0

    Crisp Clear Image Proof

    By saxopasolli

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Video Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

      I use the LCDVF mainly for photography, especially outdoors to be able to judge the pictures on the LCD of the Camera. Blocking out the surrounding light allows you to actually see the pictures as you would see them on your computers screen.

      The magnets in combination with the metal frame mounted on the camera, ensured that the VF is secured in place while attached to the camera, so you don't even haf to hold it anymore. Yet it is fairly easy to remove to start shooting again.

      The pricetag alone makes you aware that you are buying a high quality product and i can only agree to that. The lens used as well as the surrounding materials are all high quality and you actually can feel that quality by using the product.

      It pushed my outdoor photography and is definitely worth every cent. No more outdoor photography with that little piece of gear!

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      5.0

      Great alternative to other finders

      By The Guy

      from Denver, CO

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

      This thing isn't high tech or advanced but it does the job. It is exactly what I expected in a lower priced finder. Screen looks good in it, adhesion frame is sturdy. Magnet is solid. Took it on the road for 11 days in Haiti, dropped it a couple times. Everything is still in tact and looking good. Recommended.

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      5.0

      Works nicely!

      By Al

      from California

      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

      This LCDVF makes focusing with the lcd screen much easier, especially in sunlight. The magnetic hold is solid, and feels like it while shooting; I like the third point of contact my eye provides for steady shots. I used a heavy book to help with adhesion of the metal plate. The price on B&H is great as well. I definitely recommend this to other videographers considering such a purchase.

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      5.0

      Only one I found fits canon 5D Mark iii

      By MPD

      from Winston-Salem, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

        This is perfect for the Canon 5D Mark iii. I had bought one that fit the Mark ii before and didn't realize that the LCD screens were not the same size so I had to return it. If you have a mark iii, DO NOT get an LCD viewfinder for another camera, this is the one you should get!

        I use my camera for video and it helps tremendously for stabilizing the camera while I shoot and it also helps with focusing and framing in various light situations. The quality is solid as well. So far, this is just what I need.

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        5.0

        Kinotehnik Viewfinder is Very Good

        By Jimmy D

        from Roanoke, Va

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close Up In Live View
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

          I bought this viewfinder to help me learn about video. Its nearly impossible to see the on-camera viewfinder to focus for video and live view on the Canon 5D Mark III. I have a Microsoft Surface that I use for tethering to Lightroom, but it's too big for run and gun video. this viewfinder works pretty good so far. The quality is very nice and the magnet snaps into place with authority. I'm using it with the Vello Snap on LCD protector. I just mounted the metal plate on the screen protector and then the viewfinder snaps to it. Got the idea right here from a review on B&H. So far it works great. I will definitely recommend the combo.

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          4.0

          Excellent DSLR Video Tool

          By Jonny Jump

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Camera Fall

          Best Uses

          • Dslr Video Lcd Viewfinder
          • Video

          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

          I shoot mostly video on my Canon 5D Mark III. I had researched a bunch of view finders before buying this. I was pretty sold on the Zacutto, but decided to rent it before buying and I'm glad I did. It felt to heavy and clunky, plus it wasn't easily removable. I also looked at the Varavon viewfinder. I liked the idea of that one because it is easily removable and has a flip-up back so you can easily use it for low angle shooting or as a sun shield. I didn't rent it but decided on the LCDVF3C because it came highly recommended from a fellow DSLR video shooter. I've been using it for a couple weeks now and like it so far. I like how easily it attached to the back of the camera with the magnetic connection, easily attached or separated. It seems to be spot on for magnification and clarity. It does not focus but doesn't seem to need that. One downside that hasn't been a problem yet, but could be, is the chance of dropping the camera. I say that because with the LCDVF3C lanyard wrapped around my neck and the viewfinder attached to the camera it kind of feels like the camera strap and I've caught myself a few time about to let go of the camera thinking it will dangle from my neck. That would be a big mistake as the magnetic connection would definitely not hold that weight and the camera would fall to the ground. I really hope that never happens, but I've almost done exactly that a handful of times.

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          5.0

          Kinotehnik for Canon 5d Mark III

          By E

          from Stafford, VA

          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

          have you ever tried filming outside on a bright day and couldn't see lcd screen to pull focus ? Well since I got this viewfinder, I don't have that issue anymore. It looks great on my 5d mk 3, easy quick install. I recommend this to any videographers.

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          5.0

          gotta have it for shooting video

          By Kevin

          from Pittsburgh, Pa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

            Great viewfinder. I am a DSLR cinematographer. I use this on my Canon 5D Mark III. now confidently capturing sharp video is a breeze. The mounting system is nice. the mounting plate adheres to the camera snuggly. the VF pops on and off effortlessly. The image magnification is just right. And I love the soft cover that goes over the eyepiece. overall I am very pleased with this viewfinder.

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            5.0

            GREAT idea!

            By Annie

            from Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Video Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

              Perfect for focusing while I shoot video. It add a point of contact for more stability. Love IT!

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              4.0

              Good product for the price

              By Bob

              from San Diego, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

              Reasonably cheap and good quality. May not have all the features of other more expensive viewfinders, but you get what you pay for.

              Very satisfied so far.

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              5.0

              Works Great!

              By Mike the Photographer

              from Bristow, VA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                I use this to get better manual focus shooting video with Canon 5D Mark III and also to helo view pictures on hte LCD in bright sunlight. It works grea to magnify the image for focusing and shielding the screen from the sun. For the price I can't say anything really negative about it, works perfect for my purposes.

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                5.0

                Good for outside.

                By Rafa

                from San Diego

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                  Great to use in a sunny day. Easy to plug in and out.

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                  5.0

                  Focus like a pro

                  By BobL

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                      I seen this device used by a few professionsal over the years. Some used it specifically for shading sun light and others use it for focusing. When doing portrait work this tool is great. I use live view and manual focus. Then magnify to 10x and the focus is spot on.
                      The sharpness of the photo is fantastic.
                      The viewfinder comes with 2 mounting flanges. The flanges are thin and sleek. I have one on each of my bodies.

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                      3.0

                      Good product for the price

                      By Ashley

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                      This viewfinder is great for the price, but it's not wonderful. If you want an LCD and don't want to shell out a couple [$]- this is your best bet. I love it and will say it's become an absolute must for me when filming on my MKIII. It allows you to obtain a much more balanced image while filming - worries about fine tune focusing and exposure are all set aside when you have this to look through. The biggest downside to this product are the weak magnets. The viewfinder is easily bumped off. Mine falls ALL the time. It's durable, doesn't break when it falls... it's just not very adhesive.

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                      4.0

                      Bright Viewfinder for video and stills

                      By Makphoto

                      from Gonzales, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Viewing Area
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy 7d Mount

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                      Use viewfinder on Canon 5D Mark111 and 7D. Very bright for both and fits secure on the Mark111, however, the mount for 7D is loose and will fall off if knocked about. Graffers tape fixes this problem.
                      Being used mostly on the mark111 no complaints. For the amount of time the finder is actually attached to the camera you get quaility and a product that isn't overpriced. I did attach the magnet frame to a viewfinder protector without a problem.

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                      1.0

                      expensive plastic

                      By maar

                      from san antonio, tx

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                          I couldn't justify the price for something I thought would be metal but it's actually just plastic.

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                          1.0

                          meh-expensive

                          By johnmont

                          from petaluma ca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                              Its good at shading the sun. I think the 220% magnification is overkill, I dont need to see the black space between pixels. It looks cool. nice eye foam piece. Not sure its worth the $ . I dont really use it unless a monitor is not an option. I shoot video and use a marshall 7" monitor, or a 24" monitor.

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                              4.0

                              Improves shooting outdoors

                              By Tony from NS

                              from Nova Scotia, Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                                This is almost a must have for shooting video on a DSLR outside during the day time. When it's brighter around you than the screen can be it's next to impossible to tell if you're in focus, let along if you have any over exposed blow outs. This loupe is a good combo of price and value, and although he metallic frame is just a little too wide to fit perfectly onto a Vello screen protector, it does work pretty well with one. I use this on my 5Dmk3 and it's improved the overall video experience for me, the only thing I find frustrating is that the magnets aren't quite strong enough, although any stronger and they might wipe the information off the SD/CF cards, maybe? Not sure about that stuff, I just know that it is kind of frustrating when the loupe falls off, just make sure to wear the neck lanyard and you shouldn't damage it by dropping it onto the ground.

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                                5.0

                                Makes sure you get the right one.

                                By fredmaya

                                from Concord, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Pc-e Lenses
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                                  I ordered the one availble, which has the correct dimensions for the Canon 3.2" screen. It does not have the correct formfactor for the D800, and partially covers the buttons to the left of the LCD screen. Regrettably I had to send this one back.I nevertheless checked it out on my D800, and what I saw was very promising. Great clarity and sharpness. I will get one for the D800 as soon as it is available. I plan to use it in conjunction with the PCE lenses I have, which sometimes require meticulous focusing. The other use is of course with video. Liveview really looks great with this viewfinder.
                                  I had tried the Cyclops before but was very diappointed with that one.

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                                  1.0

                                  Not for Nikon

                                  By Victor

                                  from Toronto, Canada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVF3C 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                                        I put one star only because the original description did not include a list of photo cameras the item can be used with.
                                        It doesn't fit my Nikon D800.

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