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Old Jun 12, 2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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DSLR monitor - smallHD, Marshall etc

I need a monitor for my 7D for video work. I'm in the UK so I'm going to have to pretty much buy blind. (I've done a quick search on here but not much turned up by way of recommendations.)

So... I seem to have 3 options...

Lilliput - cheap. Anyone used one of these? What can I expect from one? Do they work ok?

smallHD - thinking about the 7" basic one. Look great on paper but the few reviews I've seen seem to suggest that Marshal have the edge but the reviews are a few years old.

Marshal - some good reviews but I think it would be the 5" and looks lower res than the smallHD?

Other brands I can get here are Swit, Ruige and JVC

What do you use? Can anyone help with any experience / thoughts / ideas.
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Old Jun 12, 2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Hey Jeremy,

I've used the TV Logic and it is positively beautiful and fantastic. Also, it's super sharp which helps for landing focus on these single-chip cameras. Unfortunately, it's also substantially more expensive than the others you've mentioned.

I had some nightmares with the Marshall (inaccurate colors, fidgety connections, etc.) so I'd probably avoid that one.

Also, one other thing to consider; are you doing most of your shooting indoors or outdoors? If you are going to be outdoors most of the time you may want to consider an EVF instead. I love my TV Logic but every time I'm outside the glare makes me wish I had an EVF instead. Just something to think about.
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Old Jun 12, 2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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I have an Ikan D5. It works fine in HDMI with the 5D and in HD-SDI with the Alexa. Very sharp, good brightness, it has peaking, false color, 1:1 pixel zoom...
It's not very sturdy (plastic case), but it's a good compromise between features and price. It has interchangeable plates to accomodate most batteries.
I can send you a link to the place I bought it from in the EU by PM, if you're interested.
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Old Jun 12, 2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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i've seen the liliput in action - terrible colors - imho only useful if you have the camera on a crane and need to know what's going on (and have no money to spend on a better monitor).

i'm also looking at getting the ikan - when i have enough money and all other "really necessary" gear is bought (like a lighting kit, wireless audio, a b-cam...)

not sure if i should get a 5.6" or 7" - my cam got a 3.45" display (900k pixel) which is defenitly not enough for focusing accurately.
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Old Jun 13, 2013, 06:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for your responses.

Most of my shooting is indoors but I'm beginning to wonder about the Zacuto EVF. (It might well give me more flexibility). This does seem a really confused market - there doesn't seem to be a no-brainer choice at the various price points. They all seem to have an equal mix of advantages and disadvantages.

Juam - I would be interested in knowing where you got your Ikan. (Also - I've done a fair bit of diving over the years, I know it's off topic, but what are you using for your underwater stuff? A housed 5D I guess?)
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