Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder

Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder

Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder

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The Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder is an ideal companion for any professional cinematographer or DP. Whether users are on a back lot or on location, they'll find framing shots both accurate and clear, as if looking through the camera itself. The MarkVb is both durable and lightweight, making it easy to carry around.

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The Alan Gordon Mark V Director's Viewfinder was a winner of a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder
  • Neck Lanyard
  • Soft Case
  • Lens Cap
  • 90-Day Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Formats 16mm film: 8.5-100mm
    S16mm: 10.5-125mm
    35mm: 18-200mm
    35mm Anamorphic: 35-420mm
    1/2" Video: 6.5-80mm
    2/3" Video: 8.5-75mm
    1" Video: 10.5-125mm
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    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.3 x 4.7"
    Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Set your expectations I'll start off saying this is a great tool and nothing that follows should be construed as saying anything different, but if you've never used one of these then you should know what to expect. First off, this thing is big. It's built like a tank, which is generally praise for its apparent ruggedness, but tanks are large, heavy vehicles. In US terms, the Mark Vb viewfinder compares favorably in size with a 12 oz can of soda. They're almost exactly the same height. The main barrel is a little smaller in diameter, but the big end is the same as the soda can. In terms of weght, it beats the can of soda -- my scale says it's 15.4 ounces. That's most of a pound hanging around your neck on a skinny lanyard. And when you bend over to look at something, that pound is going to swing out with some force. Photographers are often around delicate things, like glass and actor's faces, so be careful. Don't overlook the wisdom of getting the belt case to move the finder to your hip when you're not actively using it. The thing that surprised me the most (and shouldn't have when I took a moment to think about it) was what you see through it. Unthinkingly, my expectation was that it would be like looking through an SLR finder or through a video monitor -- the frame would remain constant and the objects would get larger or smaller as I zoomed. That's not how a veiwfinder works. Looking through the viewfinder, objects stay relatively the same size (they change a little but not much,) but the frame -- the view through the format mask -- gets larger and smaller. It looks like the rectangle is moving away from you as you increase the focal length. It all makes perfect sense when you look at the device in operation, but my initial impression was that I was trying to set up a complex long shot with much less detail to work with. It turns out I got over that in a few minutes. What I love most about this is not that it lets me sit in position and pick the focal length lens I need to get all the objects I want in the frame. (Or work backwards by setting it to, say, 50mm and finding the spot where all the things I want in the frame are there.) It does that, but that's third on my list. Second on my list is that it lets me vary my viewpoint so easily that I can try those angles I wouldn't bother with if I had to set up a camera to explore each little idea. The thing I love the most is that I can play around and previsualize camera motion. I can dolly by taking a few steps and see the effect and find out if I have the space to get the shot I want (walls and trees, maan. They're always in the wrong place.) A few deep knee bends, which I should have been doing all along, check out my jib shot. So easy. Clearly much of what I say (excluding size and weight) is not unique to the Mark Vb. But I do love mine and I hope you love yours as well.
    Date published: 2012-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An industry classic This is a beautifully built and engineered tool for directors and cinematographers, weighty and solid, it is going to last a lifetime. Quick and easy to use. A very handy item to have in the kit bag.
    Date published: 2015-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Director's Best Friend Using the viewfinder on my shoots, I can say that it is the best viewfinder I've used up until now, my fellow directors around me have been begging me to borrow it from me. Its functional, you can adjust it to any type of camera you use, whether it be digital or on film. The only con for this product, is that the wide angle lense is sold separately.
    Date published: 2011-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing to have on set Recently bought the viewfinder and I have been using it and it is such a time saver. I use a red epic when I film with a 18-50mm lens and this thing frames exactly what I saw before looking on the epic. It is really great, I might buy a belt holster case due to the fact it is pretty bulky but not heavy. Highly recommended for directors and DPs.
    Date published: 2014-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Viewfinder I've been borrowing this viewfinder from a friend for a while and I am glad to get my own. Helps me communicate the shot to the director very easy and quick. Solid design will definitely last a long time.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best price on the internet! After looking all over the internet for this item, i came to this site because it was the best price i found out there. ...The product is awesome!I bought it for my friends birthday and she uses it everywhere she goes. I dont know much about these items, but it was really cool to look through the lens in different focal lengths!Highly recommended for the film director!
    Date published: 2009-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great, Very versatile on set The viewfinder is amazing and works incredibly well. While others have posted that it can get quite heavy, I found it to be pretty lightweight on my neck, but it definitely does help to have the pouch to wear around your belt. The viewfinder works incredibly well and provides accurate readings on the aspect ratio or lens. I would totally recommend anyone to have one of these and have a much more efficient production.
    Date published: 2013-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Piece of Gear, Big Time Saver on Set The Mark Vb Finder, is about the best finder you can find in the sub 1K Price Class. I purchased my unit from BH Photo about 4 years ago, and it still works as good as new. If you shoot with a heavy camera, such as a RED, Alexa, FS5/7 etc; it is a huge time saver and allows a director and DP to quickly block shots without having to move around your camera unit rig. The only things I wish it had were... (Still 5 Stars for this Item) - A bottom flat bubble level screw mount so that a handle/accessories could be attached and it could be used gun style. The finder requires you hold it like a barrel. Having a pistol grip handle underneath would be more ergonomic. Secondly; The image magnification after I received it (in terms of how big the image appears when looking through the finder) will be about 1/3-1/2 the size you would think and would have with a PL mount finder where you mount the actual shooting glass. The image when perceived through the finder appears distant, as if you were seated 3/5 of the way back in a screening room/movie theater. Lastly; I am sure I can find something/rig something, but a larger, more expansive line of eyecups would be nice. The front element is threaded at 58mm allowing for a screw on lens hood (go wide), which is nice. The only negative is there is a bit of barrel distortion on full wide. Noticeable. At full wide (18mm based on 35mm Gate and 1.85 the image does bulge on the sides, as does the gate. Not terrible, but noticeable. Very solid unit, and if you are good with tinkering you could likely mod the unit to include a better eyecap attachment, mounting post for a grip handle, etc. I also tried using a small phone lens attachment held up to the unit and was able to get the camera to pick up the full gate, acting as a life full color video tap. Recommended!
    Date published: 2018-01-25
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