The Hoodman Hack

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

Alright, I don’t know how many of you will find this interesting or useful (because it’s only for uber-nerdy photogs) but I’m gonna put it out there anyway.  I was pretty excited about it.

What you see above is a photo of my Hoodman loupe hacked to fit on my 5DMKII with its own lanyard.  They sell a cinema strap for $20 that I was thinking of purchasing…but not anymore 🙂

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

So what is the Hoodman loupe?  In case you didn’t click on the link above, the loupe is used for viewing the LCD screen on the back of the camera.  It’s most useful application for a photographer is when you’re out in the sun and the screen is hard to view when you’re trying to check your exposure.  The loupe blocks the sun out and allows you to see the screen clearly.  That said, you can also use the screen as a dynamic viewfinder for stills that shows the real time effects of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture adjustments.

And a lot of people are filming with their DSLRs these days.  For them, probably the most useful application is keeping focus on a subject.  Using the magnification the loupe provides on the LCD screen makes this task a little less tough than just using the viewfinder alone.

Either way, Hoodman would love it if you purchased the cinema strap for $20 if you wish to use it hands free.  However, I got to messing around with it the other day and realized I could make my own cinema strap using the lanyard that’s provided with the basic purchase of the loupe .  The only other thing I needed was to have a tripod base plate on the camera to use as an anchor….

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

I took the top end of the lanyard and pushed it through the plastic ring around the eye piece.  I spread the lanyard strap to each side of the loupe.

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

I set my camera under the long end of the lanyard.  At this point you can see that its just a matter of folding the lanyard around the lens and under the camera to make the connection.

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

You can adjust the short end to fit around your tripod base plate…if it’s anything like mine.  As I mentioned above, just put the long end around your lens as shown.  (Note that the lanyard connector still on the loupe is positioned so that you can connect with the part that goes around the lens as shown below.)

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

That’s it!  And it fits so good it’s easy to think it was made for this purpose.  You can make room to spread the strap around the base plate if you need to use your tripod, but it will probably stretch the plastic ring on the loupe a little more.  Not sure what long-term consequences this will have on the rubber, but it works and I’m saving a few bucks.  The fact is, I never used the lanyard before so breaking the rubber piece wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  You could probably make the ring out of rubber bands if it came down to it.

Copyright 2012 Marc Allen Mintz

Finally, while it holds the loupe to the screen fine, it’s not so secure that it won’t move at all.  This isn’t a big deal as long as you’re aware when the loupe has shifted on the screen.  All it takes is using your thumb and the viewfinder as guides.

Cool beans!

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2 responses to “The Hoodman Hack

  1. Hey Marc, got to your page from Strobist and was like “hey, that name sounds familiar”. Clicked on the Facebook link and it was you, with a really snazzy looking profile pic 😉 Way to be innovative (or cheap) on the loupe lock there.

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