Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant

Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant
My love/hate relationship with the Canon C100 may be coming to an end. The third-party viewfinder work-arounds for me to see what I’m shooting are not working!

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  1. jp
    October 11, 2014, 7:28 am   /  Reply

    There you go. Great time to rant… when you’re hungry. Helps me understand the level of frustration.

    Now, that aside, your comments carry quite a bit of weight as far as I’m concerned, and I’m glad Dean suggested making this piece. This is the kind of info that helps someone like me determine how a product performs in real world situations (aside from on a tripod). In fact, when I found out that the Zacutto had the caveat of burning the LCD screen, that was the key for me NOT to purchase it. I WANTED to… but decided I didn’t want to risk damage to my equipment.

    Thanks for posting.

    • Dnguyen
      October 21, 2014, 9:23 pm   /  Reply

      All you have to do is keep the cap on? What’s so hard?

      • Dean Miles
        October 24, 2014, 1:16 pm   /  Reply

        Hey Dnguyen, Dean here. I’m jumping in to answer because I’m tired of flippant responses from camera ops who don’t work in the conditions we do and have the rudeness to spew on an informative real experience rant that’s pointing out a serious design flaw!

        For you to understand how quickly this happens and the damage done, next time you shoot, every time you take your eye away from the eyepiece you must immediately put the cap on! If you don’t, within a second, not a few seconds, a second of intense sunlight hitting your viewfinder the damage is done.

        One side of me wants to get belligerent in this reply, but that would be unfair since you’re not the only one who thinks putting the cap on is the solution – obviously Zacuto thinks the same. This rant is not about shooting procedures, it’s about a manufacturer releasing a piece of equipment that IS DAMAGING OTHER EQUIPMENT!! Zacuto needs to be held accountable and make changes. I’d be super pissed if I purchased a mic that worked fine but eventually blew the mic-pre on my mixer.

        We’re trying to help sound and camera ops by offering up our good and bad experiences to help others avoid or implement things we’ve learned. It would be nice if everyone did the same.

  2. James
    November 5, 2014, 5:50 am   /  Reply

    I agree about the zfinder Dean. Zacuto and other manufracrures need look back to the good old film camera eyepieces (the fancy ones at least); they were pressure sensitive so when the operator put their eye to it, a flap would open inside but when you pulled away the flap came down to prevent light leak onto the film stock. This would fix the problem.

    That said, nothing beats a viewfinder that’s designed to work in the first place. Hopefully the C100mk2 is better.

  3. November 9, 2014, 2:53 am   /  Reply

    I share your frustrations! I’ve also tried many Macgyer style hacks with lens hoods etc but I find with many of those still leak unless you’re wearing a dark T-Shirt and have something dark behind your head.

    The best solution I’ve come up with till now is get a black vest, sow up the arm holes and wear it upside down around my neck. So then when it’s really bright I can thrown the vest over the camera, just like an old fashioned cover you would see photographers use. I still have issues with the vest occasionally flopping in between me and the screen but hey ho!

    And if you think the Canon LCD is bad try using an Atomos Ninja Blade in the bright sun – “What picture? Where?”

    Having to use the Ninja Blade quite a lot recently for broadcast spec, mounted on the C100 via the brilliant and flexible Edelkrone EVF mount. I’m hoping the best solution will be when I inevitably fork out for something like the Grid 5 viewfinder hack which will turn the Blade into a usable EVF and give me solid shoulder mount positioning for the C100….. until then…..

  4. November 26, 2014, 11:32 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Scot,

    Thanks for that.

    What about the TVlogic Alphatron EVF-035W-3G?

    • Scot McDonald
      November 28, 2014, 7:36 am   /  Reply

      Hi Alexander,
      Sorry for the very late reply, I’ve been swamped with work the past few weeks and I’m just now getting caught up with other things!

      I haven’t actually used the Alphatron EVF although I’ve checked it out in a shop. It’s very well built although I seem to remember it being a little on the heavy side. For me, I guess I’m just so loath to start adding additional kit to the C100 as it starts to defeat the point and purpose of this great little camera. Its compact form factor is what drew me to it in the first place. The good news is that it looks like the C100 MK2 is going to finally resolve these frustrating issues. Would have been nice in the first version!


  5. November 28, 2014, 9:29 am   /  Reply

    Scott, thanks for the insight on the Zucuto Z-finder, being that I mainly shoot corporate interviews indoors I have not had much need for it. I purchased the Z-finder for some upcoming outdoor work and fortunately I have not burned the LCD yet and hope not to but in the unfortunate case I do have you found any acceptable solutions since your rant?



  6. Robert
    December 25, 2014, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

    I just got this camera, I got tired of the blackmagic times and extras to set up, I haven’t received this camera yet, but once you “try” to use the blackmagic camera’s LCD for filming, this is heaven! LOL.

  7. gianfranco
    June 1, 2017, 7:46 am   /  Reply

    Scot i totally agree!!! Once upon a time better old camera without this stupid problem. I don’t understand why you (canon) produce a camera like this leaving trouble for filming…And the same is for the iris on the canon c100: these are two aspects that make me to separate from this camera…I appreciate a lot your work so with ‘Full Frame’…Hope we can keep in touch…Regards from Italy, Gianfranco.

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