Uploaded on May 16, 2011
In this creative tutorial Spencer Weaver builds a custom viewfinder / sun shade for the articulating LCD screen on his Canon 60D DSLR camera.
"After shooting video all day outside and struggling to see my LCD screen in the sun... I came home and thought up this easy to build design. The best part is - the build didn't cost me a dime!
It is a quick solution and the design functions best as a sun shade."
For this build you'll need:
A pencil and straight edge
Foam display board
A hot glue gun
Tape (Gaff tape, duct tape, or gorilla tape, all work fine)
Some flexible craft foam
A utility knife
Although this viewfinder works best on cameras with articulating LCD screens it can also be retrofitted to work on DSLR cameras like the Canon T2i, Canon 7D and Canon 5D Mark II.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION and TIPS:
I use this custom viewfinder on a Canon 60D DSLR camera for shooting HD video.
The design is also compatible with the LCD screens on many consumer and prosumer video cameras.
One thing I didn't mention in the video is that after the viewfinder is glued together I cover the entire unit with a layer of gaff tape. Not only does this increase the strength of the DSLR custom viewfinder - but it also adds a level of water proofing.
A note on the flexible foam... I added the flexible foam to the design to act as a light blocker between the LCD screen on my Canon 60D DSLR camera and the viewfinder unit itself. The flexible foam also minimizes any imperfections in my foam board pieces and improves how the custom viewfinder lines up and seals on the articulating LCD screen of my Canon 60D.
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