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Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3.0 Professional 3-Inch Screen Loupe (OLD MODEL)

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Product Description

3-inch Magnifing Loupe

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 7.8 x 4.5 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
ASIN B001N0KEWU
Item model number H-LPP3
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4.7 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #552 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories > Lens Hoods
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By John D Hillmer VINE VOICE on May 3, 2009
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I had seen these in the photography magazines, and they looked like a good idea, so I finally ordered a Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3.0 Professional 3-Inch Screen Loupe about a week ago. The price felt high, and they never really go on sale too much (I've been watching them for a few months). The Loupe is well made, has a good quality feel to it, it is not too heavy, and the rubber is soft enough that I'm not worried about it scratching my cameras' glass LCD panels. The case that comes with it is constructed nicely, though the Loupe and the neck strap fit into it a bit tightly (a slightly larger case would be an improvment, but then it would take up more in your camera bag). The case also has a belt clip on it.

I wear glasses and when I really want to see if the shot worked out well in the field, especially with any sun light, it's always been a challenge for me. This Loupe does the trick. I can adjust it perfectly for my "good eye" and I can see the screen so well that I can even see the pixels on my Canon 30D and my Canon 40's screens.

Had the price been less, I would have given this 5 stars.
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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.
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I was skeptical at how useful this product would be. I was pleasantly surprised, when outdoors I now can see what I was missing. The built in magnifier really helps to review my composition without my glasses. The only downside is that it is physically larger than my screen on my D200 and sometimes you can hit one of the buttons along the left edge of the monitor while reviewing the image. Careful placement on the back of the camera can eliminate this problem.
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A fantastic product and, as far as I can tell, unmatched by any other LCD hood. The Hoodman allows LCD viewing in the brightest light. We are using it with an HD Camcorder without a traditional viewfinder. The 3" LCD viewscreen was worthless in sunlight until we strapped on the Hoodman. Now, with the built in focusing lens adjusted, we can use the Hoodman like a viewfinder. Using the Hoodman this way gives an added advantage of improved stability by putting the camcorder against the eye and close to the face. As you follow the action, the camcorder pans smoothly with the natural movement of your head.

The "but" of this review is, of course, the price tag. The Hoodman is expensive. It becomes even more expensive if you want to attach the Hoodman to your device. The straps to attach the Hoodman to a DSLR or to a camcorder are close to twenty dollars each. For people (like me) with a DSLR and a camcorder that can be in use at the same time, the idea of buying two Hoodmans isn't pleasant.

The cost can be partially defeated by designing your own attachment straps. For the camcorder, I used one of those stretchy foam soda can covers. I removed the bottom, cut it down the side, made a hole big enough for the Hoodman lens to fit through, and attached velcro strips to close it up when it is wrapped around the LCD. It holds the Hoodman tightly and folds up nicely to fit in the camcorder case.
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I recently received my Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe. It seems a bit expensive but I've found no competitive product. I live in southern Arizona and with our beautiful bright skies I was having challenges making sure my images were sharp. The device works well and does what I bought it for. That being said, why in the world doesn't it have lens caps? If you photograph outdoors a great deal and wear the Loupe with the strap around your neck both ends become dust covered rapidly and at that point the product is no longer effective.

4 Stars for the product but can you imagine buying a new lens for our camera without a lens cap? I don't think so.
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When you can buy a good 50mm lens for $80, it's hard to understand how this gizmo can cost just as much. But there's nothing else like it and if you shoot outside or need reading glasses, this tool is a godsend. The adjustable diopter lets me read the LCD very clearly without glasses. I have this hanging around my neck whenever I'm shooting, indoors or out.
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