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  1. #1 Best viewfinder for RED DSMC 2 Cameras 
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    What's the current favorite for a viewfinder on RED cameras from a price-performance perspective?

    I haven't been keeping up on camera tech developments, keeping super busy with writing scripts instead. So I'd assume there must be new options I am not aware of.

    Longevity is also a key criteria. My 5" monitor seems to have developed the horizontal lines issue and I'm hearing from my bomb squad they can do absolutely nothing for me as it's "no longer supported". :( The list of products that are no longer supported by RED is VERY long, and getting longer. I'm really wary now of buying into anything that'll get obsolete with the next release (my poor Dragon which I upgraded to from an EPIC-X will also no longer be supported in a couple of months, it sounds like).

    Anyway, still need to get my hands on a few must-have accessories and this is one of them.

    Any input appreciated. Thanks.
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    Other than Reds own EVF, any other SDI 1080 is fair game. I guess the Porteyes may be one of the better options.

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    The Kameleon from Zacuto is really great.
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    Thanks guys checking both of those out. Anyone using Wooden Camera aks to attach these to the RED? Which ones work best with EPIC-W? I have the wooden camera top plate currently, so am leaning towards their EVF attachment kits.
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    I use a RED EVF but attach it with the Wooden Camera bracket. Simple, easy to use and highly versatile. Never failed me once!

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    I got the Portkeys EVF

    I do like it, but the darn eyecup keeps falling off! Almost lost it twice. Do people do something to glue it on or something? I don't even see any replacement eyecups offered for it at B&H... thanks for any pointers folks.
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    Why did you choose the Portkey in favor of the Kameleon? I’m curious to hear from your experience.
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    Red’s OLED evf is pretty great.

    A few gripes:
    - the image inside is a little small, causing early eye-strain for me.
    - despite being small, when the menus and overlays are turned off, the eye cup causes vigentting or cropping in the cornees of the frame.
    - the eye cup is small, requiring more effort to prevent sun from entering the sides. And if you push you ey into the cup, it gets a little suction, and removing the eye causes that suction pull on the eye ball, and not a good feeling. Weird feeling.
    - the cable is very thick, and it a little unweildy for an EVF cable.

    The good is that it is OLED, it is 1080, it works seamlessly with the Red, it is small enough to avoid getting caught up in the mattebox. And when not using it, it can just disappear.

    If they made it ever so slightly bigger, and made a more flexible cable, they would have possibly the best evf ever.

    The current Red evf is one of the better options for red cameras. Especially, since it doesn’t take up the sdi or hdmi port.
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    The RED DSMC2 EVF is great, but I REALLY wish I was able to retain a red recording indicator while the image was clean and enlarged!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil Kamkolkar View Post
    I got the Portkeys EVF

    I do like it, but the darn eyecup keeps falling off! Almost lost it twice. Do people do something to glue it on or something? I don't even see any replacement eyecups offered for it at B&H... thanks for any pointers folks.
    Some reviewers complained about fan noise with the Portkeys. How do you find it to be noise wise?
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