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Works but inconvenient to use
on June 26, 2009
The Loupe 3.0 is a non-magnified LCD loupe designed initially to help you inspect the detail of your images, especially in bright sunlight. It does do its job in that department. They are also marketing this as a viewfinder for DSLR's that record video. Since these camera's use LiveView mode, it's not easy to determine sharp focus while recording is taking place. Attach the Loupe 3.0 with the optional $20 rubber bands and this becomes an ad-hoc viewfinder. For this purpose it actually works, but it then becomes a pain to keep removing it every time you want to go back to the optical TTL viewfinder for taking pictures. The rubber bands that are optional should be thrown in for free as they're RUBBER BANDS and Hoodman should come up with a better solution for the $20 - like a pivoting attachment that would pivot the Loupe 3.0 down to allow the camera to be put back up to the eye when not shooting video.
The Loupe 3.0 is also a bit overpriced, but I do understand that it's a specialty product so I understand the laws of supply and demand. But $20 for the optional rubber bands? Come on Hoodman.