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DIY angle viewfinder

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Hyun, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Hyun

    Hyun Mu-43 Regular

    51
    Jan 20, 2012
    California
    Here's a very simple "angle viewfinder" solution I've come up with for those times when I'm doing tabletop macro photography or need to get down to the groundlevel. It's cheap, it's not refined, and a bit kitschy, but hey, it works. :)  I know Flipbac makes a unit that is verticall and horizontally operable (and much slicker), but I 1) didn't want something permanently attached to the camera (the Flipbac frame), and 2) wanted to see if I could do on the cheap.

    Here are the parts:

    P2021050_LR.
    E-PM1    OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R    14mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 250


    The pack of five 3" x 3" mirrors was 99 cents from the local craft store. The door hinge was $2.70 for a pack of two.

    It's really simple. A few drops of super glue on the door hinge gaps creates enough friction so that the hinge will stay in position at different angles. Then glue the mirror back to one flap of the door hinge, and let it sit. Be sure to not let super glue near to the mirror surface, otherwise the glue will fog up the mirror.

    P2021052_LR.
    E-PM1    OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R    14mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 200


    When it's all dry, it's ready for use! Simply put the other flap under the camera body and position the mirrored flap at an appropriate angle:

    IMG_1798_LR.
    Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS    5.0-20.0 mm    5mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 500


    Here's a close-up view. The "ghosting" in the reflection is far less noticeable in use:

    IMG_1799_LR.
    Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS    5.0-20.0 mm    5mm    f/2.8    1/30s    ISO 160


    So it works well enough like that. However, there's room for improvement. Attaching the contraption to the base of the camera would obviously make it more flexible. You could use self-adhesive velcro strips to attach the mirror to the camera. The screw holes on the hinge also offers a possibility. The holes are slightly smaller than 1/4", you'll need to Dremel or drill it out to the proper width. Then using screws and nuts and maybe wingnuts, you could make it attachable to the tripod socket of the camera with minimal work.
     
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  2. c5karl

    c5karl Mu-43 Regular

    145
    May 31, 2011
    Fairfax, Va., USA
    But now it's not a mirrorless camera.

    :smile:
     
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  3. Hyun

    Hyun Mu-43 Regular

    51
    Jan 20, 2012
    California
    Haha, awesome! :thumbup:
     
  4. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    995
    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Upon further reflection.....:biggrin:....YOU'RE RIGHT!!
     
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  5. c5karl

    c5karl Mu-43 Regular

    145
    May 31, 2011
    Fairfax, Va., USA
    Now I feed bad for sidetracking the conversation. I like the idea and I love the frugality of it. Red Green (Red Green News) would approve.
     
  6. Hyun

    Hyun Mu-43 Regular

    51
    Jan 20, 2012
    California
    Hey, no worries. :) 
     
  7. Dude, you are the DIY king! Nicely done.
     
  8. Hyun

    Hyun Mu-43 Regular

    51
    Jan 20, 2012
    California
    Thanks. I'm all about cheap-n-functional. :) 
     
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