Couple of days ago I went up to the ski slopes for some spring skiing and I brought my camera along. With not a cloud in the sky and all the reflective light off the snow I can barely make out what it on the screen. So shooting video in this condition or even trying to chimp after taking a photo is near to impossible exposure or focus and some times even composition.
So I remember Knoptop’s DIY DSLR View Finder video he did a while back, so I emailed to see if there has been any revisions and he said there was. KnopTop had found a cheap loop that can be used from Harbor Freight Tools so I picked up a box set for only $5.
Then I picked up black spray paint for $3 that is made just for plastic.
Then I found an old baby powder container, if you can believe it from 1985.
Next up I had to figure out which loop power would work the best. Knoptop was right they all fit the container perfectly.
I used the ear muffs from a pair of pod-casting headphones that I hated and was not using and it fit perfectly.
Back to figure out which one was the best I tried the 3X and it was perfect right off the bat, but I wanted the view finder shorter. I marked the side to find which lens would have what length of the view finder. I did this for all of them from 3x to 10x.
The 10x made the finder the shortest, but then I was concerned if it was too short I would not be able to see all the screen so I marked the outer edges of what I could see. I found out that the 5x was the one I want to use to fill the frame, the others did not feel the frame.
I then measure the 5x height and marked it on the container.
And then I cut the container, for me scissors didn’t work well so I used a utility blade. I used the blue tape as a guide.
I cleaned out the rough edges so the loop would fit better.
I painted it black.
With View Finder
Without View Finder
Using a hot glue gun I glued it in place and then flipped it over to add more glue, the blue tape was to protect the lens.
I put the ear phone muff on and tie rapped it in place.
I had this idea to add chopsticks to make a nice rectangle frame, but it didn’t work well and I used tape so it wouldn’t scratch the screen.
I added the hair ties and I was all done.
Works really well.
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Products Used In This Video
iPhone 4s – Most shots at ski resort.
Canon T2i Close up shots of view finder on my desk.
Nikon D800 – Shots of me talking in my office only.