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GEARAMA – Episode 1 – Cinevate Cyclops Review

GEARAMA – Episode 1 – Cinevate Cyclops Review

Check out the first episode of GEARAMA & tell us what you think!

Beware that this was really a test and we will move on to more scripted reviews in the future.



Together with my great colleague & friend Alexander Boboschweski aka “Bobo”, a fellow DP and Steadicam operator from Vienna, I recently decided to start a web video series of camera gear reviews.

We started with my long-overdue review of the  Cinevate Cyclops DSLR viewfinder.

I’m proud that I have the most thorough series of DSLR viewfinders anywhere to be found on the web. I tested every major DSLR viewfinder available on the market.

Check out all the other reviews here:

- Epic DSLR Viewfinder Review & comparison (5 viewfinder solutions)!

-DigiFinder.pro Review

- Letus Hawk VF – comparison to the Z-Finder

- Varavon Pro Finder

- Zacuto Z-Finder EVF review

For more information about the Cinevate Cyclops, check it out on the Cinevate website right here.

Cinevate gave us a tip:

If someone is interested in first trying Cyclops before they purchase, that they can visit the closest Cinevate dealer. A list of Cinevate dealers is available at http://cinevate.com/findadealer .

As you can see, our opinions were quite different. I like the Cinevate Cyclops because it is a different and bold concept to all the other viewfinders on the market, but I find it fitting only for specific projects. You are totally focusing on the image because you look at it with both eyes, and it shuns out the surroundings entirely. Bobo on the other hand had a harder time getting used to the very different concept, and I agree, for most projects I also would prefer to have one eye left “in real life”, to see where I’m going. It works for me for specific narrative projects only, but then it’s great.

We got one little Gearama episode of the Cinevate Simplis Dual rig coming up as well, so check back in a few days! It’s the rig that’s in this episode as well.

I can’t tell you details now, but we are planning to do regular video reviews from now on, but together with a big website from the DSLR community. Future videos will have a different name for that reason, but there are great things around the corner. Stay tuned!

Thanks again to Bobo for offering his help and having his studio available for the shoot. Check out his work on his website, you rarely find someone as experienced and nice as Bobo in one package! We shot in his video studio, which is perfect for a lot of different kinds of shoots. So if you ever need a place in Vienna to shoot, ask Bobo. He really is always happy to help.

Disclaimer: Neither of us is affiliated with Cinevate in any way.

Comments

  1. Hi,

    Thanks Nino! I already awaited your opinion about the funky looking cyclops. I like this Gearama. Video gives a more thorough look about the gear.

  2. Hey Nino!

    Nice review! I like the vibe of the whole video, you two look like very good friends.

    I liked the language specially (that WTF) because I believe that sometimes they express things easier than a complete sentence itself. It’s not about bad language all the way but sometimes it enhances the meaning or the idea in your head.

    Editing wise, I would have done things a bit different (use some disolves maybe when putting static pictures, and kenburn them a bit) but it’s a review, it has to be like that.

    Oh, and the TASCAM in the table, I guess you noticed that already but every time you move something it messes up the sound.

    I think its enough.
    ;-)

    I’m really looking forward that SIMPLIS rig, I like the idea of not using aluminium bars for the handles and the chest support. Looks like you can fold it really easy and get inside a backpack like nothing, just loosening some thumbscrews.

    See you around!

    #Q.

    • Thanks Quim,

      As I wrote I know it has a lot of shortcomings but it was just a test. We just made it up on the fly. Future shows will look differently and be much more scripted.

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