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Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder

BH #ALDVFM5B • MFR #1000-01
Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder
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Alan Gordon Enterprises 1000-01 Overview

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.

No Small Achievement
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
UPC: 050585154759

Alan Gordon Enterprises 1000-01 Specs

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
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.5 x 5.3 x 4.7"

Alan Gordon Enterprises 1000-01 Reviews


By Ardavan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-25

Very praticable when visiting places for filming

Solid Piece of Gear, Big Time Saver on Set

By Martin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-25

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!

Great product, great service

By Francesco
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-21

I bought this item from Italy. The service offered by B&H is amazing! No surprises about taxes and great shipment tracking! I received my alan gordon in a week! What I can say about this viewfinder? It's perfect!!!!

I love it!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-05

It's well designed, easy to use, saves a lot of time on set while choosing angle and lens to shot. 10/10.

Nice viewfinder!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-07

Variety choices of 16&35mm film sensor lenses. Very professional.

An industry classic

By Australian DP
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-05-30

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.

Outstanding...a pleasure to use.

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-12

Indispensable for setting up shots and not wasting time. Highest level construction. The ease of adjustment and quality of optics make it a pleasure to use.

A great tool for filmmakers

By Casolin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-27

Amazing product that makes it very easy to setup a shot. Ideal for DP or director’s. Solid build and excellent optics.

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what is the difference between Vb and V version?
Asked by: Linfeng
According to Alan Gordon, The Mark Vb has all the features of the Mark V plus new markings on the Aspect Ratio ring, making it easier to read for both film and video use. We also eliminated the 1/2 video window and replaced it with the current video chip standard of 2/3 . Film sizes and video formats are color-coded for quick reading.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2022-04-16

Does it have a mode for 2perf framing?

Does it have a mode for 2perf framing?
Asked by: Miles
I have never used it for that purpose, but I am very positive that you can set it up very precisely yourself in a few min.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2021-09-23

Does it cover FF?

Does it cover FF?
Asked by: Borja
Yes, the Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder has an option to cover 35mm (18-200mm).
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2023-02-12

Can I use this Viewfinder with the Sony F5 or ...

Can I use this Viewfinder with the Sony F5 or Canon 300?
Asked by: Jeralyn
The Alan Gordon Enterprises Mark Vb Director's Viewfinder (B&H# ALDVFM5B) does not fit onto a camera but rather is used as a standalone viewfinder. As such, it may be used while filming with any camera including the Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera (B&H# SOPMWF5) or Canon EOS C300 Mark III Digital Cinema Camera Body (EF Lens Mount) (B&H #CAC3003EF) in order to get an idea of the framing of the image in 16mm, 35mm, and other sizes of film or sensor formats.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2022-05-29

Does this have a setting for s35 sensors?

Does this have a setting for s35 sensors?
Asked by: Lorenzo
this has all standard film formats including standard S35 sensor size
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2020-07-02

Does it have any adjustments for people who wear ...

Does it have any adjustments for people who wear glasses?
Asked by: Koji
Yes, the metal ring between the rubber eyecup and the body of the viewfinder is a so called "focusing ring". Once you set it up to your desired diopter (there are no markings, you do it by the eye), I suggest that you gaffer tape it together with rubber eyecup because it has a tendency to fall off and it is a very important part of the device. I always keep a spare in my bag!
Answered by: Radan
Date published: 2023-07-22


Does this replicate the lens compression of the chosen focal length?
Asked by: Ian Alexander
Formats16mm film: 8.5-100mmS16mm: 10.5-125mm35mm: 18-200mm35mm Anamorphic: 35-420mm1/2 Video: 6.5-80mm2/3 Video: 8.5-75mm1 Video: 10.5-125mm
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2021-08-03

Would this work for a bmpcc 4k? So I could do ...

Would this work for a bmpcc 4k? So I could do framing and see how various lenses would look? Both speed boosted lenses and native mft lenses.
Asked by: Michael
Mark Vb has a dial for Super16mm format lenses from 10.5mm-125mm. I haven’t tested it and compared with my BMPCC4K. I’m using the viewfinder on my Alexa shoot for location scouting and camera setups
Answered by: Radan
Date published: 2020-10-28
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