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HoodmanHoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays
 
4.6

(based on 606 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (420)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (146)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (534)
  • Lightweight (466)
  • Durable (387)
  • Reliable (342)
  • Good value (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (57)
  • Poor design (13)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Difficult to use (7)
  • Not functional (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape photography (375)
  • Travel (301)
  • Everyday (239)
  • Macro photography (223)
  • Portraits (199)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (221), Semi-professional (208), Professional (140), Getting started (11), Casual user (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (401), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Aid for Digiscoping

I mounted the HoodLoupe using a plate to hold it tight to the LCD of my P6000 while digiscoping. The diopter adjustment is outstanding, and the way it magnifies the screen and cuts down...Read complete review

I mounted the HoodLoupe using a plate to hold it tight to the LCD of my P6000 while digiscoping. The diopter adjustment is outstanding, and the way it magnifies the screen and cuts down ambient light makes composing and shooting a breeze. I would not use this camera without the HoodLoupe. The only (minor) change I would like would be if I could lock the diopter at the setting for my own eye, but it takes only a second to readjust when it goes off focus from my stuffing it in the camera bag. btw, I mounted the Hoodloupe to a long plate by drilling 2 holes in the bottom. The plate has a long slotted opening that holds a tripod mount screw so that the plate can be screwed into the bottom of the P6000 camera. Works like a charm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

German Glass...Really?

I shoot outdoors 100% of the time, and am usually sitting in direct sunlight. Checking focus and exposure with any sort of certainty was a real problem. I putchased the HoodLoupe Pro to...Read complete review

I shoot outdoors 100% of the time, and am usually sitting in direct sunlight. Checking focus and exposure with any sort of certainty was a real problem. I putchased the HoodLoupe Pro to allow for better viewing of my camera's LCD screens outdoors.

The HoodLoupe solves this dilemna quite well. I am a bit disappointed with the 'German glass" used in the product. I don't know why, but you have to position your eye perfectly in order to get a non-distorted view of the image. If you are offf axis, it is kind of like sighting through the bottom of a German bier stein.

Once your eye, the HoodLoupe anf the LCD screen are perfectly aligned, the resolution is excellent and allows for a thorough examination of the image on display. I just wish the "German Glass" didn't require such precise alingment.

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5.0

Very Useful

By Stuart B.

from Greenwich, CT

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

    I find this loupe useful to check for mistakes in focusing or identifying unwanted elements in photos. I use it with a Canon 5D Mk II.

    Like so many products, I wish the accessories weren't priced so aggressively.

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    5.0

    Excellent for outdoor photography

    By JaHwa the image catcher

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

      Excellent little device for me to double check my images for daytime outdoor photography. I wish I had it sooner. Love it.

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      5.0

      Great Tool

      By Jo

      from Clinton Twp, MI

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

        Very helpful tool. When you are out in the field taking photos, you can see you shot very clearly, especially in the sun. Shows your shot very sharp & clear.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Recommended Product

        By Ken

        from Port Dover, ON

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

          Easier to see display screen outside which makes choosing and/or having to reshoot shots easier to do. Easy to use even when wearing glasses.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Can no longer live without it!

          By Marie the Sports Photographer

          from Newport, RI

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                After having terrible results on a very sunny day shooting a little league, I bought a Hood Loupe for my Nikon, and now I can't live without it. It not only allows you to see the image in bright sunlight, but has a diopter so you can see the image VERY clearly. I only gave it 4 stars because I think $ is a little expensive, and I wish there were a better way to keep it handy -- you can't attach it to the back when taking stills as you wouldn't be able to see through the regular viewfinder, so I have it hanging from my tripod, where it swings around. I know someone what puts it around their neck, but that drove me nuts. Overall, though, it does what it is supposed to do and gives me immediate and accurate feedback.

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                5.0

                Now I can see my screen

                By Carolyn

                from Sun City West, Arizona

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                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                    Living in Arizona, it is a necessity if you take pictures during the day and don't want to cover up in the shade to see the screen for your histogram.

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                    5.0

                    Works beautifully as advertised

                    By Wolfgar

                    from Oregon

                    Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                    A simply brilliant piece of equipment that is essential if you wish to verify the true focal sharpness via your LCD screen while in an outdoor setting. Wear eyeglasses like me? No worries. It is fitted with an adjustable diopter eyepiece. A must have for any outdoor photographer.

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                    5.0

                    Handy

                    By YneGrwr

                    from Cloverdale, Calif

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                        Handy item to have. I do not use it all the time, but when I want to review a series of shots it does the job very nicely. Fits over by D800 and D7100 screens.

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                        5.0

                        Good Quality for the price

                        By Ed C

                        from New York

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                          Great product and works as it is suppose to. Easily focused and stores well in the case that is provided so doesn't require refocusing with each use. I use this for checking photos i bright light.
                          There is some very minor distortion at the very far edges of the optical glass but very limited.

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                          5.0

                          Indispencable product for digital photog

                          By Joe

                          from Marco island , FL.

                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                              Easy to use, clear image, adjustable to your vission.
                              A must have.

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                              5.0

                              A must have!!!

                              By Photo Rev

                              from Phillipsburg, NJ

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable
                              • Sturdy

                              Cons

                              • Cant Hook To Camera

                              Best Uses

                              • Check For Sharpness
                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                              Was somewhat hesitant to purchase the Hoodloupe thinking it probably wasn't worth it. Well, after getting it, and trying it I feel is one of my best gadget investments. Is so helpful on sunny days when viewing the LCD. I also like the fact that I am able to check for sharpness using the focus ring. Carrying case is well made. Finally fast service from B&H was great!!!

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                              4.0

                              Work great for Canon 7D 3

                              By tspade3

                              from NJ

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                I am happy with this unit. Price was about right and it does as described. As a photojournalist with much of the video I shoot is on the fly, one man show, this is a handy item to have in the bag. It folds pretty compact and keep the stray light for entering where the rubber meets the back of the camera. It does eliminate the use of the hot shoe, but with the low light cabibilities of the newer camera flash is rarely used. I bought an inexpensive attachment for the cold shoe on this unit and that actually expands the gear I can add on. Over all a good purchase, I will not use in for every shoot but it is great for rack type focus when there's time for more creative shooting.

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                                4.0

                                excellent

                                By jim

                                from Washington DC

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                  great outdoores B and h knew

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                                  4.0

                                  Makes reviewing images easier

                                  By Rich

                                  from Illinois

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bright sunlight

                                    Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                    Extremely useful in bright sunlight, not as sharp as I would like near the edges of the images. Very good product overall

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                                    4.0

                                    Sturdy

                                    By Ali Kemal

                                    from Alexandria, VA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                      This is a durable, well constructed item that I have been using for about two and a half years. For someone with less than perfect eyesight, it is a must. If you shoot at night or in bright sunlight, it allows you to get perfectly in-focus, nicely exposed shots in still or video. I would recommend it to anyone who is not satisfied with having to rely on their LCD for everything. My only criticism is the magnification. I had to buy a separate eyepiece to attach to this in order to magnify the LCD image. Why doesn't the manufacturer just make the eyepiece that is already on it a magnifying piece of glass? Doesn't everyone want that? I can't imagine that this is not something everyone wants. Anyway, if that is not a concern, you should be very happy with this hardware.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for bright days in the Arizona sun

                                      By Dancer in Blue

                                      from Arizona

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                          This product has been on my wish list for some time but it jumped to the top recently. After a recent trip to visit the folks I realized that a light colored twig appeared to be growing out of Pop's nose. Yikes! It was such a bright day that I couldn't see my LCD screen and hadn't noticed the twig. After using my Hoodman Loupe for a week I can only say that it is fantastic. I love the fact that I can adjust it for my eyesight. What a great little product.

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                                          5.0

                                          Would buy this product again and again.

                                          By Mike

                                          from Jenks, OK

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                            The product works well outside in sunlight and is like having a viewfinder for the K-01 pentax camera. The loupe is easy to focus with or without glasses.

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                                            4.0

                                            BEST WAY TO VIEW LCD SCREEN OUTSIDE

                                            By Sasquatch

                                            from Denver, CO

                                            About Me Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • In bright sunlight
                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • outdoor
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                              This LCD screen loupe is incredible. Once you adjust the eyepiece, just slip it over your LCD screen to view every detail of your image. I would have given it 5 stars, but did not based on the fact that you have to screw the eyepiece back in all the way to fit the case.

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                                              3.0

                                              Too much wiz and not enough bang

                                              By Joe S

                                              from Rockville Centre NY

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Poor Design

                                              Best Uses

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

                                              Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                              It works. As others have said here the edges are not sharp. A lot of money for glass that is not sharp on the edges. It does what it says otherwise. You need it to see your screen in bright sunlight. Does not fit well in the case unless you screw the eyepiece in all the way. Then you need to readjust it again next time you use it. What a pain.

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                                              4.0

                                              Pricey, yet does what it professes to do

                                              By Coltrane

                                              from Atlanta, GA

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3" Displays:

                                                    Best thing I've seen "on the market" for field editing. Allowing you to really "see" the screen on the back of the camera. The manufacturer needs to meet "COMPETITION" as it is pricey for what you get. Yet... it does provide the service.

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