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I’m sure there is a simple fix to this but I’m having a tough time finding some solutions. I figured someone here could point me in the right direction of some items I haven’t looked at yet.

Currently I’m using a double sided 3/8 screw mount to screw into my tilta camera cage handle and then into my VL35 monitor. I’m creating a cheap EVF for my BMPCC 4K camera for another point of contact (see images). It’s super sturdy and works great, however every time I screw it on the monitor ends up facing the wrong way. I have to cycle through a bunch of different screws until one of them kind of gets close enough for the monitor to face the way I need it too. Obviously, I exclusively use this screw now as my mounting option. It’s not perfect as I’ve never been able to get it perfect. But it kind of works. I’ve also used a hot shoe option but it wasn’t sturdy enough at all. I’ve used a magic arm which was worse than the hot shoe mount. (Cheap and semi expensive brands) would gladly pay for something extremely sturdy but Not sure this is even the correct route to go. 
 

In a perfect world the monitor would sit super low like this (to the top handle on the cage) and be able to be adjusted and locked in the correct position all while being extremely sturdy so I can push my eye against it as a point of contact. And it can’t get loose through out the day of shooting. Fantasy world I know. 
 

Currently I’m looking at the Ram ball head mounts. Lensrentals uses these and they are extremely sturdy but really large. I would really love any sort of feedback of ideas to try to make this work better. 
 

google drive link to the rig https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-jKS1GpjVHYuFf7JdQ8N0pr7roKCJbFr 
 

 

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That looks like a horribly awkward and limiting way to rig it. 😕

If you set on having it mounted to the top of the handle like that, I'd suggest you look into something like this: https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-swivel-and-tilt-monitor-mount-with-arri-locating-pins-bse2348.html

Which will at least give you the ability to tilt and swivel the EVF towherevers easiest for you to view it.

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Mark,

 

Thanks for the link! I’ll buy this and test it out. This set up is for a very specific scenario where I don’t necessarily need the monitor to tilt and I cant use a shoulder rig. I want to keep it really minimal for a travel film. However, I would love to be able to swivel it so i can line it up directly in line with the top handle. This option I’ve actually been eyeing and could work if it doesn’t slip when I put pressure on it. The downfall is it looks like that it’s going to add a decent amount of height to the rig. I just ordered it and I’ll let you know. 
 

I wish Zacuto made a Viewfinder for the BMPCC 4K specifically—but they said the screen is too large, when I emailed them.

 

I saw this Viewfinder option on eBay but it limits you in the touch screen is covered up and it doesn’t pop off like a Zacuto does since it’s screwed into the camera cage. Granted you can use most of the main setting with the buttons and you can use the Bluetooth app to change settings. Also I spoke with the guy and it may or may not work with my tilta cage. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254379502952

Thanks for the help Mark, I appreciate it. 
 

 

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