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I remember reading a thread, not sure if it was here or on Facebook. Looking to put together a Director's Finder. I think in the thread they said they used a Sony A7 camera?

 

Has anybody done this recently? What's the most cost efficient used camera to use?

 

Also what PL mount do you recommend?

 

Thanks in advance.

James.

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Sony A7RII is a great DSLR right now since its sensor can be cropped to super 35 format (16x9). With a Wooden camera PL mount it can make a great director viewfinder/indie camera get a Paralinx Triton HDMI wireless and you've got a great wireless viewfinder that takes photos at the right format.

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The issue is that DSLRs have a different sensor size APS-C (7D...) or full frame (5D) or MFT (GH2). None of which are the same size as super 35. APS-C is close but no cigar. Only the A7rII and A7sII have a super 35 crop option (to my knowledge).

 

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For framing purposes, I like the Artemis app. My operators use their phones, but I like to use an iPad Mini, which is a great size to have the director over your shoulder. If you need to broadcast it to monitors, you can mirror your device onto Apple TV via wifi. I use the iPro lenses with it which covers the range of wide angle and telephoto we are likely to need to size up. I never liked the time wasted in pulling lenses off the camera for the finder and restoring them again after you are done. For fully mission-critical framing such lining up hoodmounts I'll still use a finder but day to day: Artemis.

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For framing purposes, I like the Artemis app. My operators use their phones, but I like to use an iPad Mini, which is a great size to have the director over your shoulder. If you need to broadcast it to monitors, you can mirror your device onto Apple TV via wifi. I use the iPro lenses with it which covers the range of wide angle and telephoto we are likely to need to size up. I never liked the time wasted in pulling lenses off the camera for the finder and restoring them again after you are done. For fully mission-critical framing such lining up hoodmounts I'll still use a finder but day to day: Artemis.

 

 

I use an iPad mini as well with the Artemis app, much easier for a few people to gather around and discuss the shot looking at a larger screen. I found this device online called an iOgrapher for the iPad mini, it makes it much easier to hold the iPad in position while holding the device on one side or the other.

 

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