Jag35.com were at PhotoCine Expo showing off their soon to be released Monitor X LCD magnifier which allows shooters to view and focus an image without having your eye right up to the camera. The company were keen to stress this is not a direct replacement for the Zacuto Z-finder or the LCDVF, but instead an additional way to view the LCD screen where you may want to shoot for long times on a tripod, or want to use both eyes to view instead of one on a rig. The finder comes with its own stick on frame as well as option to use an arm for mounting. They also showed a modified Monitor X fitted onto a Zacuto frame allowing users of the Zacuto system to swap between the two finders in different shooting situations.
I was told the price of the Monitor X is likely to be very competitive at around $150 when it ships in around a month. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Cinevate’s newly launched Cyclops viewfinder.
Jag35 also showed an improved version of their economical run and gun rig which will be available soon.