Talk Like a Pirate Day was the perfect day to go to the annual Pirate Faire and get in a little filming. It was a bright sunny afternoon so seeing the LCD in liveview mode on the 7D was going to be a challenge. I knew the action was going to be fast and unscripted so I had to be able to quickly get the framing and start shooting.
I decided this would be the perfect time to give the Hoodman Cine Kit Pro a workout. In the past, I had simply held the Hoodman Loupe against the back of the camera with my hand but over time that becomes uncomfortable and awkward. This time I wanted to be ready quickly and be able to shoot over a period of time which made the Cine Kit Pro a possible solution.
Initially the Cine Kit Pro might look like a little overkill, but once you understand the built-in features, it makes sense. The loupe is held into place with the crane arm that slides and locks into the camera’s hot shoe. It has a cold shoe on top for small lights like the Litepanels MicroPro. This meant I could walk around with the camera with the loupe in place ready to block out the sun for a clear view of the LCD . The cool thing about the crane arm is it can swing up and to either side moving the loupe completely out the way of the viewfinder which is certainly easier than unhooking and resetting the loupe each time you need the viewfinder.
The crane is sturdy so with the normal amount of care, I easily spent the afternoon walking around ready to shoot. When I came across a group of belly dancers that presented an interesting opportunity, all I had to do was frame and shoot. With the Cine Kit Pro, the bright sun was no problem and I could focus and zoom instead of holding the loupe.
I was able to shoot a variety of clips of the dancers that will make up content for future blog entries on color balance and color matching in Final Cut Pro.