EVFs and optical viewfinders have been a crucial part of any camera system since the camera was invented.
A lot of camera manufacturers have started to move away from including or even making EVFs. There are lots of reasons why. Some of these reasons presumably range from:
They are often not suitable for use with smaller sized cameras
Cameras have become increasingly more modular
The style in which some people are shooting no longer requires an EVF
More affordable EVFs require power and a signal input from multiple cables
I often get lots of questions regarding EVFs. Why doesn’t this camera have one? Why aren’t there more affordable EVFs? Why are EVFs so expensive?
I have always used an EVF when shooting and I always will. I still find it the best way to judge exposure, focus, and composition. My eyes are not as good as they once were and I can not use a small-sized LCD screen that comes on a lot of cameras.
EVF choices are extremely limited. If you compare monitors to EVFs there are lots of options to choose from. With an EVF you either have to buy a proprietary model that only works with one or a couple of cameras from that same manufacturer, or you choose an EVF that can be used on any camera that has an HDMI or SDI output.
There are caveats with going in either direction. Below you can see most of the options that are currently available.
Zacuto Kameleon EVF Pro $1,950.00 USD
Zacuto Gratical Eye Micro OLED EVF $1,450.00 USD
Zacuto ACT EVF Pro $499.00 USD
Canon EVF-V50 OLED Viewfinder for C500 Mark II $699.00 USD
Canon EVF-V70 OLED Viewfinder for C700 $3,999.00 USD
RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 OLED EVF with Mount Pack $4,150.00 USD
PORTKEYS OEYE 4K 3G-SDI/HDMI EVF with RED Camera Menu Control $1,399.00 USD
PORTKEYS OEYE-3G Electronic Viewfinder $899.00 USD
ARRI ALEXA Electronic Viewfinder EVF-2 $7,770.00 USD
Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display $845.00 USD
Laizeske 3.5″ HDMI LCD Electronic Viewfinder $259.00 USD
Laizeske 3.5″ 3G-SDI & HDMI LCD Electronic Viewfinder $339.00 USD
PORTKEYS LEYE 4K HDMI 2.4″ LCD Electronic Viewfinder $399.00 USD
Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder $448.00 USD
Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder $195.88 USD
Leica Visoflex (Typ 020) Electronic Viewfinder $635.00 USD
Z CAM 2.89″ EVF101 Electronic Viewfinder $999.00 USD
Sony DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder $5,220.00 USD
Kinotehnik LCDVFECON Kit with Electronic Viewfinder & HD-SDI to HDMI Converter $1,178.00 USD
Panasonic Electronic HD Color View Finder for VariCam LT $5,395.00 USD
KineEVF Full-HD OLED Viewfinder $1,499.00 – $1,699.00 USD
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF for 6K Pro $495.00 USD
Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder $1,495.00 USD
Now, if we break this list down into proprietary EVFs and ones that can be used on just about any camera this is what we find:
Canon EVF-V70 OLED Viewfinder for C700
Canon EVF-V50 OLED Viewfinder for C500 Mark II
RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 OLED EVF with Mount Pack
ARRI ALEXA Electronic Viewfinder EVF-2
Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder
Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder
Leica Visoflex (Typ 020) Electronic Viewfinder
Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder
Panasonic Electronic HD Color View Finder for VariCam LT
KineEVF Full-HD OLED Viewfinder
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF for 6K Pro
Proprietary EVFs tend to be expensive, but on the flip side, they have been specifically designed to work with a particular camera or cameras from that manufacturer. They are also a one-stop-shop where power and the video signal are sent over one cable. With a lot of these EVFs, you can also control operational aspects of the camera directly from that EVF.
Can be used on any camera (with an SDI or HDMI output)
Zacuto Kameleon EVF Pro
Zacuto Gratical Eye Micro OLED EVF
Zacuto ACT EVF Pro
PORTKEYS OEYE 4K 3G-SDI/HDMI EVF with RED Camera Menu Control
PORTKEYS OEYE-3G Electronic Viewfinder
Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display
Laizeske 3.5″ HDMI LCD Electronic Viewfinder
Laizeske 3.5″ 3G-SDI & HDMI LCD Electronic Viewfinder
PORTKEYS LEYE 4K HDMI 2.4″ LCD Electronic Viewfinder
Z CAM 2.89″ EVF101 Electronic Viewfinder
Kinotehnik LCDVFECON Kit with Electronic Viewfinder & HD-SDI to HDMI Converter
Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder
What you need to be aware of is that with a lot of these third-party EVFs is that you need to be able to power them and run either an HDMI or SDI input.
You also need to work out how to mount that EVF to the camera. This often requires a bit of homework with any third-party EVF.
Τώρα πάντως που τα κινητά βγαίνουν με όλο και φωτεινότερες οθόνες + μεγαλύτερες μπαταρίες, η χρήση ενός κινητού είναι μια καλή εναλλακτική. Κερδίζεις σε βάρος και αυτονομία. Αν μάλιστα δεν σε ενδιαφέρει τόσο να τραβάς έξω στον ήλιο, παρά θες κυρίως μέσα, και ένα παλιό οικονομικό κάνει μια χαρά τη δουλίτσα του. Καδράρεις και εστιάζεις μια χαρά.
Φυσικά για συγκεκριμένες δουλειές όπου θες πιστότητα κι ευκολίες, τα επαγγελματικά monitors είναι μονόδρομος.