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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.
They fit right over the viewfinder, protecting you from the previous visits of potentially unsanitary eyeballs, and they also wick away perspiration and reduce fogging of the viewfinder, all while making everything much more comfortable for the camera operator.
The eyecups are made from hypoallergenic foam, and are covered in a choice of genuine lambskin, synthetic microfiber or even fleece for use in colder temperatures. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit almost any camera, and are available in a selection of cool colors, which is useful to help you identify your own eyecushion when sharing a viewfinder.
I try to keep a couple pairs handy for shooting with my own cameras. When working with rental equipment, these eyecushions have become invaluable to me as an additional line of protection from bacteria and other ocular discharge that I’d rather not think about .
Click here for a sizing chart to help you find the correct eyecushions for your camera.
The verifiable truth is that using Blue Star eyecushions makes sighting through the viewfinder much more comfortable, eases eye strain, and allows you to shoot without having to worry about who came to the eyecup before you.
Do you have any experience with this product? Feel free to tell us your thoughts in the comment section below, and happy (healthy) shooting!