Monitoring in the field is a lot different than sitting back in your favorite easy chair in a dimly lit room, watching a good movie. For one, you must power everything by battery in the field and two, sunlight often drowns out your screen. Field monitors have to be built more ruggedly than the gear you leave at home. Marshall’s V-LCD651STX-3GSDI lightweight on-camera field monitor has you covered on all accounts.
Film equipment typically runs on 24 volts DC, while video equipment runs on 14 volts DC. Anton Bauer’s CINE VCLX Series batteries are designed for the integration of film and video equipment, and they output both voltages. Special chargers are designed to go with them.
Like most photographers, I have a love-hate relationship with the tools I use. I am as captivated as the next photographer by the promise of the newest cameras, yet I am loath to give up old strategies that have served me so well. As a photographer, I depend on my cameras to make the pictures I want to make. As a professional, I depend on that same gear to earn my living.
Marshall, one of the most well-known and respected names in field monitors, has released an afforable line of budget monitors priced to be within the reach of just about any videographer or video hobbyist. The consumer/prosumer videographer now has a more affordable monitoring solution from Marshall, with its M-LCD7-HDMI line of consumer camera-top field monitors.
Here’s a diptych of two faces. It's called “Angry Man/Neutral Woman,” and was created and copyrighted by Aude Oliva of M.I.T and Philippe G. Schyns of the University of Glasgow, in 1997. It is used here with permission.
It was a couple of hours into a day-long shoot. It was hot out, and to say that we were sweating would be putting it lightly. Being a pretty barebones shoot, we were passing the video camera around quite a bit. Many a sweaty eyeball was pressed up against that poor viewfinder. As I strained to look through the slippery sweat-covered eyecup, it occurred to me that this might not be all that sanitary.
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