CameraKit & LensKit has announced a new app called FinderKit: Viewfinder. FinderKit is a fast and easy-to-use viewfinder app that allows you to scout a location, find a new angle on set, or make a quick photo-based storyboard.
To use it, you simply choose your camera and lens package, and you will then be able to see an accurate preview of what your camera will see. You can also scroll the lens list to change focal lengths. The app also gives you the ability to save photos and videos to the in-app gallery, where you can organize by project and scene, add notes, or share them as individual files or as a PDF shotlist.
Cameras & Lenses
The FinderKit app includes over 100 cameras from brands like ARRI, Canon, RED, Sony, Blackmagic, Panasonic and more, as well as over 1000 lenses from Angenieux, Arri, Cooke, Canon, DZO, Hawk, Leica, Zeiss and others. You can even group together individual lenses to make a custom kit for each project which is very handy.
The app also supports Speed boosters, extenders, aspect ratios, custom crops, thirds, grids, title safe, crosshairs, etc.
Projects let you organize your work. New photos and videos are saved to the project currently selected, along with your most recent camera and lens selections. When you return to that project later, your media and camera/lens settings are automatically loaded.
The gallery was designed to make it simple to view, organize, and share media. When viewing media, just swipe up to see metadata and add titles/notes. Swipe back down to return to the gallery. Media is automatically grouped by project, and you can further organize by scene if you choose.
Besides standard exporting, FinderKit can create PDF shotlists with customizable options including image size, metadata details, and page orientation.
There is a Fullscreen mode that lets you cut out the distractions, hiding all the controls except the lens picker and shutter buttons.
Looks let you dial in exposure, contrast, temperature, saturation, and more.
Multicam buttons store preset camera and lens combinations for easy access when you’re working with multiple cameras.
What3Words option saves each photo with a 3-word address that’s more precise than a typical street address.
A coverage warning lets you know that the lens you selected may not cover the current camera sensor (with a shortcut to LensKit to see the full coverage chart).
CameraKit & LensKit will also be adding more features to the FinderKit app in the future.
- iPhone Requires iOS 15.0 or later
- iPadRequires iPadOS 15.0 or later
- iPod touch requires iOS 15.0 or later
- MacRequires macOS 12.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
Price & Availability
FinderKit: Viewfinder is now available to download. The basic version is free, but there are in-app purchases.
To unlock the full version that gives you access to all of the lenses, cameras, and future updates costs $4.99 USD/ month or a once-off lifetime fee of $24.99 USD.
FinderKit: Viewfinder looks to be fairly similar to the Cadrage Director’s Viewfinder ($19.99 USD) that I have been using for many years, although it adds quite a few new features and it looks a little quicker to set up and use.