I'll let this video speak for itself. ;-)
Top 3 features of the new Zacuto Z-Finder EVF - Electronic view finder for your Canon 5D Mk II, 7D, T2i, Nikon D7000
It's hard to shoot pro video on a DSLR for the simple reason that the ergonomics don't accommodate a proper shooting style. Most shooters have invested in an optical view finder mounted to the LCD of their camera, but the results are still unbalanced. What we have needed, and wanted, was an electronic view finder similar to what is found on pro film and video cameras. This allows you to mount the camera off-set from the viewfinder, giving you better access to the lens, and positioning your cam over your shoulder for support. Existing camera rigs allow you to offset the camera from a shoulder mount to get your eye directly behind the cameras LCD, but this doesn’t fix the access to the lens. Your essentially stuck executing a reach around technique to pull focus. Also in this configuration there are no options for monitoring with a viewfinder from any direction other than directly behind the camera.
Today an industry leading camera accessory manufacturer Zacuto announced their latest product, the Z-Finder EVF. A 3.2” high resolution monitor that will be used in conjunction with their industry leading line of optical viewfinders called, Z-Finders. The incredibly robust and high quality Z-Finders will mount to the monitor in place of a permanent optical viewfinder.
Here are the specs so far
A little over a year ago, in the early stages of the "DSLR Revolution," The F-Stop Academy, a London based training company for filmmakers run by 20 year industry veteran Den Lennie, established themselves as one of the early resources for DSLR training with their release of the video, "Learn Canon 5D Mark II Cinematography with Philip Bloom"
Following up on the success of the first DVD they quickly produced a follow up DVD for the Canon 7D when it was released, as well as releasing a DVD educating stills shooters, by “Epic Advertising Photographer” Drew Gardner, later that year.
By following award winning photojournalist Dan Chung while on assignment covering the Hindu festival Thaipusam that takes place yearly at the Batu Caves north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, F-Stop’s latest DSLR training video, “DSLR Video On Assignment with Dan Chung,” takes a slightly different approach than previous releases.
Change happens all the time, especially in the world of television and film technology. At the moment the discussion seems focused on chip size, film look, resolution, and the democratization of production with the introduction of low cost, high quality cameras.
On my twitter feed the other night there was a tweet by Tom Lowe, of www.timescapes.org fame, that sparked a brief discussion.
I talk all the time to my clients about the importance of "content" above "quality" in their video projects. The goal of any content producer is to produce the highest quality possible given the constraints of a project. That said, the most important element of a project continues to be the content.