I recently purchased a J1. This is my first camera without a viewfinder and I REALLY miss it. I discovered that I can use the Hoodman Loupe over the LCD as a viewfinder but it is a bit awkward trying to hold everything in place. I am wondering if anyone had figured out a way to attach the Loupe to the camera so that I don't have to try to hold it in place.
I see on their website that they have a strap for attaching the loupe to a DSLR, would it work on a J1?
Strap might be too big for the J1. I hear what you're saying about the LCD, but you really should have gotten the V1 - the Loupe just seems like an awkward workaround. And the LCD is coarser than the V1's EVF.
That's kind of what I thought when I looked at the strap. I was hoping there might be another option.
I agree that I should have bought the V1 instead of the J1, but...I wasn't sure I would like it so I went for the cheapest choice. I got it at Best Buy for $199.00.
I had tried several of the Coolpix models...my husband's L5 and a P7100 that on paper looked perfect...and didn't like either of them that well. I was a bit skeptical of the Nikon 1 because of that. Fortunately it seems to be the perfect fit for me when I can't or don't want to lug my D90 around.
I already told my husband that I will be upgrading it sooner rather than later.
I don't have the J1 but I had the same question when I got the Hoodman for my D800. I had purchased the GSS LCD screen protector for my D800 and had the original Nikon LCD cover in my camera drawer and decided to use it to make a little Hoodman attachment for the D800 with it.
I took Velcro and cut 1/4 inch strips to go around the outside perimeter of the Nikon LCD cover. Then planned to do the same to the Hoodman. Problem was that the Hoodman has a covering on the outside of the loupe that Velcro will not stick to....but the inside is plastic and Velcro will stick to it.
I took round toothpics and cut them to the size of the 4 loupe perimeters and wrapped 1/2 inch Velcro around the toothpics for the full length of the toothpics and then used the longer side to attach the "Velcro Frame" to the inside of the Hoodman loupe.
Now when I want to use the loupe for macro work, I mount the Nikon LCD cover to the D800 and the loupe to the cover...and can take the loupe off when I want to use the viewfinder. Then when I am done with Macro work I remove the Nikon LCD cover and replace the GSS cover.
This works great for me on the D800. But I know the J1 does not have a LCD cover, so your Velcro would be stuck to your lcd all the time unless ....you come up with another solution.
Here is a pic. And you will see that I was not too particular with my Velcro cutting for my prototype. But it works and I just haven't made another one a little more professional looking. Hope it helps and gives you some ideas. There are also different types of Velcro (black and white)that are not as fuzzy as the black I use here.
PS: If you want to use a strap to hold the loupe on your J1 on just find the right sized rubber band and twist it when you put it on.... might work.
Try 3 rubber hair bands. You know the little round band girls use to put thier hair in a pony tail. Double 1 over and take the other two a loop them one acrooss from the other. Take a look here in the middle of the page and you'll get the picture. http://larryscheapshots.com/?p=2634 Can't beat it for the price.