"Using a Minicam with the viewfinder" Thu 23-Feb-12 05:50 AM by robbo2012
I thought you might be interested in this method of viewing through the viewfinder using a pinhole camera, an adapter, and dongle/viewing software.
1. The camera is from Amazon: "Wireless Internal Pinhole Lens CCTV Security Camera 380TV CMOS Sensor"
2. The adapter is from an Optika right-angle viewer I bought, it's just one of those oblong black frames that lets you attach the viewer to your camera.
3. The dongle and software was also from Amazon: "ClimaxDigital VCAP305 USB 2.0 VHS to DVD Converter/DVD Maker"
I bought '1' and '3' a while ago for security use, but recently took up macro work, and was having problems looking down the viewfinder - and using Live View all the time was burning the battery too fast. I filed a curve in the top part of the adapter, and made the surround of the pinhole camera's lens - which is conveniently made of metal - a secure fit in the gap. Then slide adapter + camera onto the viewfinder. The pinhole camera has its own power adapter. The transmitter also has a power adapter and it connects to the dongle, which plugs into the PC via USB. When you run the included software, the (pinhole) camera view appears on the monitor. You can adjust the focus of the pinhole camera to suit, and enlarge the viewing window if required. Now I can 'macro' to my hearts content without breaking my neck! I posted pix of the equipment, and a screenshot of the view, in my Gallery (although I see they appear in reverse order, never mind!)
#2. "RE: Using a Minicam to view EVF" In response to Reply # 1 Thu 23-Feb-12 05:52 AM by robbo2012
Yes, I'm aware there are right-angle adapters for dSLR's - I have one, but its not very comfortable to use. And yes, thanks for correcting me about the EVF, of course I was thinking about my older camera. But I'm sure you know what I meant, the viewfinder bit wot you look through! I have amended the original post.
#4. "RE: Using a Minicam to view EVF" In response to Reply # 3
I think you're describing a way of wirelessly transmitting the viewfinder image to a PC?
There are other methods, at least for cameras with LiveView, although they aren't wireless. ControlMyNikon.com offers a wired capability that is interesting and useful. It costs $10 or so, plus you need a USB cable long enough to be interesting. The one that comes with the camera is only about four feet long, which works for some things but not others.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
My gallery is online. Comments and critique welcomed any time!