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Patrick Simpson
Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 9, 2012 at 10:57:23 pm

I'm looking for a monitor to use with a 5D MkII. It'll mostly be mounted on the hotshoe so it has to be reasonably small and light, probably 5" or 6". My budget is $500.

Two features I must have are focus peaking and DSLR scaling. SmallHD looks nice, but too expensive. Marshall looks good, but their ~$500 monitors don't have DSLR Scaling - a 5" monitor without DSLR scaling seems a little silly to me.

Does anyone have experience with Ikan monitors? They seem to offer more of the features I want for $500 or less. Not sure about their quality, however.


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Thomas Roberts
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 10, 2012 at 2:21:28 pm

For the 5D, your budget is too low. The Small HD is excellent. JAG35 has a solution http://blog.jag35.com/new/products/jag35-monitor/

But the JAG does not offer professional options, peaking....etc. If you ever attend a professional trade-show all the major monitor players have their gear on display to review and play with.

Simple Rule of thumb for gear. "Trust No One" (lol)


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Thomas Roberts
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 10, 2012 at 2:23:18 pm

For the 5D, your budget is too low. The Small HD is excellent. JAG35 has a solution http://blog.jag35.com/new/products/jag35-monitor/

But the JAG does not offer professional options, peaking....etc. If you ever attend a professional trade-show all the major monitor players have their gear on display to review and play with.

Simple Rule of thumb for gear. "Trust No One" (lol)

http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=2452&utm_source=WhatC...


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Patrick Simpson
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 13, 2012 at 4:26:11 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. Has anyone used Ikan monitors before? I like their feature sets and prices.


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Thomas Roberts
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 13, 2012 at 9:22:19 pm

The Ikan guys were great at NAB. I was able to play with all their monitors and get a sense of what worked... You really need to get in a store and check these out and compare!


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Thomas Roberts
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:03:08 pm

The Ikan guys were great at NAB. I was able to play with all their monitors and get a sense of what worked... You really need to get in a store and check these out and compare!

Also check out SMALL HD. Awesome company with very cool set of monitors.


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Sam Red
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Jan 22, 2013 at 5:07:04 pm

Hi, I would suggest the VK5 from ikan. It has DSLR Scaling and peaking, It's 399 new from ikan
http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=457
or they have it listed for 239 on the ikan outlet store.
http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=581
Heres another helpful chart comparison of ikan monitors.
http://ikancorp.com/comparisoncharts.php?chart=monitors
Best regards and hope you find what you are looking for.
Sam


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Patrick Simpson
Re: Best on-camera monitor for 5D Mk II?
on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:52:22 pm

FWIW, I went with the SmallHD AC7. I thought it might be too large and heavy to mount directly on the 5D MkII but it isn't. It's a very light monitor.

For $600 I got all the features I want: DSLR scaling, focus assist, and it uses the same batteries as the Canon 5D (with required a $60 add-on bracket). I also got the SmallHD Hot Shoe Ball Mount.


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