Ok. I have to admit something. I like antique stores in Albany, Oregon. It’s awesome to see history from random families dating back to early 1800’s. But that’s not why I go into them all the time when I am visiting family. I think it’s the hunting down camera equipment that is really exciting especially when I found some amazing deals on lenses. The first amazing find was a Canon FL 55mm 1.2 which came with 2 other random lenses. They were all packaged nicely into a ziplock bag and labeled $15.00! Yes, only $15.00 for all three. But the Canon 55mm FL 1.2 was like finding gold. It’s my favorite manual focus lens out of all my lenses right now. Now onto the latest find from these antique stores. I was looking around and saw an old long leather lens case behind some glass in one of these stores. I thought it was going to be a really old and crappy lens and not a canon mountable one. Well, it was an old leather case but when the store clerk took the lens out of the old case I found a “PRISTINE” zoom lens by a company I had never hear of called “Asanuma”. This was a 70-220 3.5 with an older FD mount which I had an adapter for so I could use it right away on my T2i. The glass and lens body had never been used from what I could tell. Not a single scratch on the outside and not a single mark on either end of the glass. This lens even does macro and has a mount on the underside because it is really heavy. So, now for the price. Only $30! I couldn’t believe it. I tried not to act surprised but I couldn’t help it. I bought it right away and tried it out. Amazing! Here are some pics with my T2i and Seagull viewfinder (like Zacuto).
I recently saw an article on www.cheesycam.com that showed a viewfinder for dslr’s that was cheaper than the regular brands out there by a few hundred dollars. But I guess the question is Does this viewfinder compare in quality? First of all I don’t have the expensive brand viewfinders and this was my first purchase. After receiving the viewfinder in the mail only a few days after buying it on ebay I was in complete amazement. The build quality is exactly what I was hoping for. It’s made from really thick plastic, has very clear optics for the diopter (-4 to +4), and comes with a bracket with double sided tape. I am using it on a T2i so the bracket covers a small amount on each side of the LiveView area on the camera which doesn’t noticeably cover any of the display metering info. I chose to also purchase a glass viewfinder eyepiece cover from ebay. This was also on cheesycam’s website awhile back. I got this in conjunction with the viewfinder so that I could permanently attach the “bracket” that came with the Seagull viewfinder to the glass protector/eyepiece. this way I would easily remove the entire thing if needed. Once I received the glass protector I decided to remove the glass in order to not lose any stops of light when viewing the LiveView through the viewfinder. This was kind of accidental since I broke the glass after sticking the adhesive side of the bracket slightly off center. It worked to my advantage. Both of these products work great together or separately depending on what you would want to do with the viewfinder. I can easily say the Seagull 3″ dslr viewfinder is crafter really well and by saving hundreds of dollars for those low budget/no budget filmmakers this works great!
Glass viewfinder protector: Glass LCD protector
Here is the ebay item by Seagull : Seagull Viewfinder
Here is the VF Prime on Amazon: VF viewfinder
If any Seagull purchasers need another bracket go here: VF bracket
Of course I have not purchased this bracket myself but it looks identical to the seagull brand found on ebay so purchase at your own risk. For $10 it’s not a bad deal to try if you need another bracket. I personally like the blue logo from Seagull rather than the VF brand orange color but that’s a personal opinion. Either way the product will be the same and you can’t go wrong.