Back in the old days, picking a viewfinder wasn't really much of a choice, as most cameras came with options for one or two viewfinders, most of them in black & white and at a significant cost to the camera professionals. However, that was the game, as people bought one camera, with one or two 2/3" zoom lenses and a viewfinder. Choice was very limited, and the cost of entry into the professional camera world was too high for most people.
These days the game has change significantly. Nowadays, it is not uncommon for a broadcast cameraman/woman to own or have access to two or more cameras depending on what the particular job requires - whether it's high-frame rates for slow-motion, 4K recording, or low-light sensitivity. The difficulty nowadays is not so much as picking up the right camera for the job, but actually getting all the other accessories that would make your job on set easier.
Picking the right viewfinder or monitor in today's world isn't as easy as it once was. However, the team at US gear maker - Zacuto, have an ace up their sleeve, that is set to become quite possibly "the only Electronic Viewfinder a modern camera professional would ever need..."
The Zacuto Gratical HD EVF is the flagship monitoring device, that these guys had spent over two years developing. Apparenty, by their own admission, Zacuto brought five different engineering companies together to create the Gratical HD EVF thus redefining the concept of what an EVF really is. Sporting a virtually undestructable construction, a wide gamut of professional image monitoring tools and pro I/O including SDI and HDMI, which basically guarantees the Gratical would work with pretty much every professional camera on the market today, Zacuto have come up with something quite special.
Electronic viewfinders are one of the most important tool in any filmmakers arsenal, because you have to be able to rely on it for your image - how you expose, focus and frame. The Gratical HD EVF is a complete electronic viewfinder that incorporates the very latest in OLED and processing technology. Unlike with an optical viewfinder or standard electronic viewfinder, with Zacuto and the Gratical HD EVF, you can trust you’re seeing a realistic visualization of your final image without having to look away from the eyepiece.
This new Zacuto EVF is powered by FPGA dual core processor that can support a whole host of professional features including HDMI and SDI with simultaneous cross-conversion, Vectorscope, Waveform (3D), Histogram, LUT import and creation and much more. The processing power and sharpness of the Zacuto Gratical HD electronic viewfinder far surpasses all other EVF units on the market.
The Gratical HD is compatible with a huge range of cameras used by professional cameraman including, but not limited to Canon Cinema EOS cameras like the C100, C100 Mark II, C300, C300 Mark II, C500, Sony FS7, FS700, Sony A7s, Sony PMW-F5/F55, ARRI Amira, ARRI Alexa XT/Classic/Mini, AJA Cion, and all Blackmagic cameras including the URSA, Production Camera 4K, and the Pocket Cinema camera.
The Gratical HD can be used in place of any other electronic viewfinder including the Cineroid EVF 4C, RED Bomb, LCDVF, Alphatron EVF-035W-3G, Sony DVF-EL100, Sony DVF-L350, SmallHD DP4, Sidefinder, F&V Spectra HD4, Panasonic DMW-LVF1, ARRI EVF-1 and many more.
If you're still not convinced on the durability and solid construction of the Gratical HD, check out this video below.
We love the Zacuto Gratical HD over here at Visual Impact, and have limited stock at the moment. To place your order head over here or give us a call at 0208 977 1222.