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5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive solution for glare on digital camera's LCD screen, May 1, 2010
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This review is from: Pana-vue 3 Slide Viewer for Viewing 35mm Transparencies (Camera)
Most of the smaller digital cameras available today do not have an optical viewfinder. They depend on an LCD screen on the back of the camera to compose the picture. A common problem is that on a bright sunny day it can be difficult to see anything on the LCD screen, except maybe your own reflection.

This old style slide viewer can be modified in a way that allows it to be held up against the LCD screen of a digital camera. The screen is then shielded from the sun and the operator's eye looks through the small end of the viewer. This system becomes almost like an optical viewfinder.

The modification involves cutting off the opaque ( light colored ) end of the viewer with a hacksaw. This is an easy operation. Then lightly file and sand the cut area.
Lastly I cut some fuzzy side Velcro that had a peel-off sticky back so I could attach it to the cut face of the viewer and avoid scratching the LCD screen. Some good kitchen shears will cut these narrow strips of Velcro easily. Sticky side felt strips should work well too.

This modified viewer has an open end of 1-3/4 inches square which does not cover the entire LCD. However the viewer magnifies what it sees by 2X. I have found that it makes me more careful about looking at the entire scene when composing the image.

This slide viewer does everything that I hoped it would at a low cost.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2010 5:13:29 AM PDT
Ferdosi says:
Thanks for your post. It works like a charm on my T2i.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2010 6:12:22 PM PST
William says:
Could you give some more specific instructions on how this works? Do you use your digital camera to take pictures with the opaque off? Where does the velcro come into play?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2010 9:59:38 PM PST
The opaque end of the slide viewer is cut off or pulled off and thrown away. This leaves the black colored body of the slide viewer which is held against the LCD screen at the back of the camera. The photographer then uses an eye to look through the eye piece of the slide viewer as one would look through a telescope or microscope. The eye will be about 2 inches from the LCD screen while peering through the round eye piece of the modified slide viewer and the image of the scene on the LCD screen will be very visable when the camera is turned on.

The camera operates as usual by pushing down on the shutter to capture the scene. The modified slide viewer allows the photographer to see the LCD screen clearly in bright sunlight because the viewer keeps out sunlight. The photographer's head also blocks the bright sun and shades the LCD screen.

The thin strip of velcro is cut only wide enough ( 1/16" ? )to fit on the cut lip of the slide viewer where the opague piece was sawed off.

Felt material that has a peel-off sticky side could be used also. The slide viewer is held against the plastic LCD screen and the idea is to put something soft on just the edges all the way around the viewer to avoid abrasion.

Think of the modified slide viewer as a very short microscope held up against the LCD screen on the back of the camera. This is a very simple device. If this does not answer your questions google " How to make an LCD viewing hood from a slide viewer ". The site's video should help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2010 11:01:38 PM PST
William says:
Thanks so much, I found my father's 35 mm slides from years past when he was in the Airforce and thought his grandchildren (as well as me) would delight in seeing these.

Wish me luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2010 11:01:19 AM PST
Apparently, your wish is view slides and not to modify the device for photography. If so, you do not need to alter it at all. Just drop in a slide and aim the large end at a light source to view. This viewer does not project the slide's image on a screen. It is only used as an eye piece.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2010 1:28:12 PM PST
William says:
I would love to be able to take pictures, is that possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2010 8:33:09 PM PST
Yes, with a camera. The slide viewer is not a camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2010 9:00:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2010 9:29:48 PM PST
William says:
Perhaps, I am not understanding you correctly. I have tried taking pictures the way you discussed (perhaps not properly understanding)
and the clarity was not very good. Viewing them through the LCD screen, on the other hand, seemed more enhanced. I will re-read your instructions. Perhaps it is my camera (Fuji)
Should I turn the flash off the camera? By the way, thank you very much for your advice and patience.
EDIT: I am trying to take pictures of the 35 mm slides without a true projector, not use the hood as a slide viewer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 12:29:22 PM PST
Trying to use the slide viewer to attach to a camera and then to copy a slide by taking a picture of the slide is something that I have never heard about being done. It might be possible but there are easier ways to do it with better quality results. Google " copying slides to a CD " and you will get some ideas.
Keep in mind that 10 or 20 years from now computer equipment technology mght not recognize CDs.
When was the last time you heard of someone using a floppy disk ? So protect and keep those slides.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 1:01:59 PM PDT
Geno says:
I really enjoyed reading your conversation with William!
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