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Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:56:04 PM »
I did not want to hijack the other (very similar thread):
http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=1144.0

I'm currently shooting videos (primarily) with my 600D. I did not listen to good advice and got the 18-55 ISII kit lens with my camera. I would like to upgrade (mainly to improve low-light performance), budget is around 1K, and - as I do a lot of handeld stuff - I need optical stabilization.

I see two routes:
Plan A: get ONE ~1/2.9 constant aperture EF-S zoom lens with a range similar to the kit lens. Sigma, Tamron, maybe even the Canon (but I really suspect I'm going to be ripped off if I get the Canon).

Pros:
- I got used to being able to zoom, I'm not sure if I can live without
- Stabilization
- no swapping lenses, one compact package

Cons:
- not sure if this will be a huge improvement over the kit lens (people's opinion are so different in this regard)
- EF-S means less future compatible if I ever upgrade to something that doesn't work with EF-S
 
Plan B:
Keep the kit lens as a basis, and get a fast 20-30 mm-ish fast prime for low light and maybe a Tokina 11-16 for wider-angle timelapses, etc...

Pros:
- better low-light performance when using the prime (one stop)
- better optical performance when using the prime
- at least the prime can be future compatible (and the Tokina a bit maybe)

Cons:
- lens swapping slowing me down: I don't do any scripted work, so fast response time is essential
- more gear, more to carry around (and I can not carry around much due to some back problems)
- I have tried to set my kit lens to 30mm to see if I can live with a fixed focal length and it felt rather "claustrophobic"

If I put all this together, I actually lean towards plan A. Not being a seasoned photo/video veteran (my primary art form is music), I have tried to educate myself from the net and the general feeling is that zooms are looked down and real men uses primes and swaps lenses or just sticks to a standard lens. :D But still the engineer in me assesses and comes back with plan A.

I would appreciate any comments, suggestions. I was looking around the place I live, and it is very expensive and almost impossible to rent these kind of lenses for just a weekend.

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 10:08:04 PM »
I would get a monopod for stabilization then you can look at getting a zoom with f2.5.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 12:07:01 AM »
A f/2.8 Zoom is a good base for many applications.
My flatmate owns the 17-50mm f/2.8 from Tamron (non-stabilized) and I like it, a good friend of mine swears by the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 (Stabilized Version), stating it is very sharp and a good Lens. The Canon-one is a bit too expansive for my taste. Anyway, each of them is an improvement to the Kit (even a Lens made of plastic by my 10yr old nephew is an improvement to the Kit)
For myself, I'm more of a friend of using primes, but I understand that speed while working is much for some.

Of course you are not able to use it on a Fullformat later, but "that's live" - you could head for the 24-70mm f/2.8 L, but it's more expensive and lacks in wide-angle.
If you head for Primes/Tokina, you might spend a lot more Money (even if this is my preferred route). I own the Tokina, great Lens, but only usable at 16mm on the Fullformat afterwards. The Rokinon/Samyang/Walimex/Bowers (so many Brands...) 35mm f/1.4 is a very good Lens for decent price (MF only) that would fit in that set. Also, two stops faster then these Zooms. Or a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 if you need AF (then again, no Fullformat).
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 12:44:09 AM »
I've had a lot of good luck with sigma lenses. For a crop body like the 600D, I suggest the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. I posted this same response in that other thread, so refer there to see sample pictures to see how it looks on a crop body :)

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 03:55:20 PM »
I like to use zooms most of the time for convenience, but also love to shoot with primes if I can make a fixed focal length work for a given situation.

Zooms are convenient as you've pointed out, but sometimes you have to trade something (image quality) to get that convenience. If you are shooting primarily video than your resolutions are far lower than photography, so you won't be pushing the lenses you use as hard. If you buy quality zooms with good reputations you won't notice much difference in image quality. Primes have the advantage of providing larger apertures for much less than a comparable zoom. I tend to pair zooms with smaller apertures with primes that have larger apertures, but that's just preference.

You've already discovered why a cheap lens isn't all that great. The fixed aperture lenses you listed all seem like good choices if they cover the focal range you need. They are certainly going to be a huge step up from the kit lens. I haven't used any of them though, and if I were in your shoes I would look into renting them for a shoot to get a chance to compare and play with them.

You say your main issue right now is low light shooting. Just keep DOF in mind. I don't know what you shoot, but consider how deep you need your in focus region to be (maybe even use an online DOF calculator). Make sure that you will be able to get the DOF you need at the focal length, aperture, and distance to subject you will shoot. You may need more light rather than larger apertures. Just something to consider, and to use some of that 1k budget for.

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 05:34:02 PM »
The kit lens is fine for video--learn to use it to its full potential before you go out and buy glass that is better than you are.
Besides, you won't be able to get any money from selling it.
Its a sharp lens and i wouldn't get rid of it--its quite good in a lot of situations...

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 07:20:23 PM »
You're going to get a surprise when you go to use an un-stabilized lens. Closest to an "all in one" solution is something like a Sigma 50-150 or Tokina 50-135. You'll still lose the wide end. I think best you can do is 2 lenses.

A prime 30mm will be more like a 50mm. Don't forget the crop factor. 17-50 is a decent compromise... like a 28-80... but you lose the big zoom. Can always get a 70-200 for that.

You have $1k, you can probably get 2 decent used lenses for that. From your videos, I don't really see anything you need another lens for.

You're usually wide and f/3.5 to f/2.8 isn't going to be earth shattering.

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 03:37:07 PM »
Well, first and foremost: thank you for all the great insight and suggestions!

Some of the answers were - to some extent - a surprise to me, which is exactly why I wrote my post in the first place: I'm in a learning process, and a reality check sometimes can help putting things back to the right perspective.

The monopod is an excellent suggestion: to some extent I already use my lightweight tripod as a monopod sometimes to save time when moving from place to place (having the legs extended but keeping them together one thick "leg")... this is not optimal, and a real monopod would be much more comfortable. One thing I have noticed is that having a collapsed/locked tripod attached to the camera tends to smooth out camera shake quite a bit in a handheld-scenario, due to the added weight, and the ergonomics of the handle.

Thanks for the tips on those primes, I am looking into both the Samyang and the Sigma... in fact based on all of your responses I am starting to realise that if I want really splendid low-light performance, those 1/2.8 fixed aperture lens will probably not give the kind of improvement I am looking for. Also, the zooms (17-50 Sigma and Tokina) seem to have rather short throws on their focus ring (40-50 degrees), in fact even shorter than on my kit lens (60+ degrees).

So my revised plan is:
- stick with the kit lens as a zoom for now, it's a cheap piece of plastic lens, but it seem to have everything I need today: suitable range, good-enough IS and sharpness (at least for video), the only thing missing (at this point) is the low-light performance, and so:

- I'll get a fast prime with good ergonomics: the Samyang 35mm or the Sigma 30mm... which brings up a more specific question regarding these: do you happen to know if any of these lenses can trigger the magic zoom function in ML? I use manual focus 99% of the time, and magic zoom is a very handy feature for me to be able to get a good focus on an LCD screen with just grabbing the zoom wheel and turning it.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 08:10:30 PM »
Anything that isn't electrically connected won't trigger magic zoom. Won't work with an adapter either.

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I have noticed is that having a collapsed/locked tripod attached to the camera tends to smooth out camera shake quite a bit in a handheld-scenario, due to the added weight, and the ergonomics of the handle.

Yup... poor man's steadicam.


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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2012, 12:13:22 AM »
I have the same camera and a tokina 11-16, its great for wide stuff.  In terms of a replacement for the 18-55 you have a few options, which I have considered myself lately.  There is the sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 which is a pretty good lens, under $400.  Tamron makes a 28-70mm f/2.8 again under 400.  Tokina makes the 16-50mm which is also fast f/2.8 but comes with a bigger price take at around $800.  finally there is the canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L which runs in at $1,200 and is overbudget but very freaking nice however it does not have image stabilization.  Finally dont over look carl zeiss lens.  They are manual but they are superb.  The only one in your budget is their nifty fifty, the planar T 50mm.  It is wicked fast at f/1.8 but you wont get your ultra wides or teles with this guy none the less it would make a great go to lens.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2012, 01:04:02 AM »
Ok here´s the deal:

You got used to zooming... now it´s time for you to get used to NOT zooming.

If you haven´t experienced the awe-inspiring pleasure of walking around with a 50mm 1.4 lens (or a 30mm 1.4 Sigma like mine...) then you're truly missing 3/4 of the fun of being a photographer.

I have the exact same camera as you do. I kept the 18-55 lens for when the going got tough... until I could afford an army of other lenses (which I can as of TOMORROW.)

I got the 30mm Sigma primarily to shoot concert footage in low light and I couldn't be happier. At 1600 ISO and F2 I get crisp... warm video in low light. And in daylight I get video so lean it would make you cry with your 18-55.

And you're talking about having to lug around extra gear? These prime lenses are TINY. (The Canon 50mm 1.8 is even smaller than the sigma 30mm... and much much cheaper.)

At your price range I recommend the Sigma 30mm and a decent 55-250 zoom since you're shooting video. And you might even have enough left over for a wide angle... which would cover all bases... with GOOD glass... and not just long glass.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2012, 01:13:41 PM »
I have the same camera and a tokina 11-16, its great for wide stuff.  In terms of a replacement for the 18-55 you have a few options, which I have considered myself lately.  There is the sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 which is a pretty good lens, under $400.  Tamron makes a 28-70mm f/2.8 again under 400.  Tokina makes the 16-50mm which is also fast f/2.8 but comes with a bigger price take at around $800.  finally there is the canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L which runs in at $1,200 and is overbudget but very freaking nice however it does not have image stabilization.  Finally dont over look carl zeiss lens.  They are manual but they are superb.  The only one in your budget is their nifty fifty, the planar T 50mm.  It is wicked fast at f/1.8 but you wont get your ultra wides or teles with this guy none the less it would make a great go to lens.

Thanks fo rthe suggestions! I was looking at the Sigma and the Tokina very hard for a week, and noticed the thing about them that put me off (and this I could have easily pointed out if I had the chance to rent/borrow them): focus throw is around 40 degrees on the Sigma, and only  a little bit better on the Tokina. In both cases worse than my kit lens, which can be quite fiddly to do manual focus with. So in terms of a zoom lens, that leaves me with either the EF 24-70 or the EF-S 17-55 IS. I have tried to shoot handheld with IS switched off, and it really was a disaster in terms of image quality, I guess I have too shaky hands...
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2012, 01:19:31 PM »
Ok here´s the deal:

You got used to zooming... now it´s time for you to get used to NOT zooming.

If you haven´t experienced the awe-inspiring pleasure of walking around with a 50mm 1.4 lens (or a 30mm 1.4 Sigma like mine...) then you're truly missing 3/4 of the fun of being a photographer.

I have the exact same camera as you do. I kept the 18-55 lens for when the going got tough... until I could afford an army of other lenses (which I can as of TOMORROW.)

I got the 30mm Sigma primarily to shoot concert footage in low light and I couldn't be happier. At 1600 ISO and F2 I get crisp... warm video in low light. And in daylight I get video so lean it would make you cry with your 18-55.

And you're talking about having to lug around extra gear? These prime lenses are TINY. (The Canon 50mm 1.8 is even smaller than the sigma 30mm... and much much cheaper.)

At your price range I recommend the Sigma 30mm and a decent 55-250 zoom since you're shooting video. And you might even have enough left over for a wide angle... which would cover all bases... with GOOD glass... and not just long glass.

I know, I have been spoiled... I did try though putting a piece of tape on my zoom playing around with a fixed focal range, it just didn't feel good.  On the other hand I love the shallow DOF and visual quality of the Samyang 35mm / Sigma 30mm (judging from the examples). And I know I won't get a zoom with F1.4...
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2012, 01:22:07 PM »
The problem is mainly coming from the DSLR form factor rather than your shaky hands.  ;)

I find IS essential when shooting handheld. I had originally purchased the 24-70L for my 5D2, but had to replace it with a 24-105L due to the lack of IS. The Canon 17-55 is an excellent zoom for crop-sensor bodies since it has both an f/2.8 aperture and IS.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2012, 12:05:15 PM »
I use 50mm 1.4, and its a life saver in low light. Stabilization is a bit of an issue when filming handheld so i use a mini tripod or a monopod to make the camera more stable. Anyways for 600d (and other crop sensors) i would recommend 35 or even 28mm 1.4 or 1.8, as 50 looks a little to zoomed in, also wider angle would minimize the shakiness. Talking about zooming more and more i'm getting used to having no zoom on the lens :] and with 600d you can use 3x digital zoom, which is a great option, of course handheld it gets really wobbly.

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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2012, 03:57:45 AM »
I normally recommend the fast prime set for all cinematographers and a lens kit to fill any missing focal lengths.

50mm f/1.4
28mm f/1.8
35mm f/2
85mm f/1.8
all these together will run you a bit over 1.5k (euro)

this however is far from what you want if you're shoting live events. I know what a headache they can be if you are not prepared with the proper equipment

Canon offer a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM which I was looking to buy to replace the kind lens, unfortunatly this is a EF-S but at least it's well around your budget

If you want a lens that is considered fast do not look at anything with a value higher than f/2.8

Also you need to decide what you need it for specifically, how you do this is to film with the kit lens, where is fails is where you need to improve by upgrade, if it works fine you dont need to upgrade and kit lenses dont shot any different in video over l series lenses (in photography its another story)

I hear sigma also make some good lenses but I can't recommend something I do not own. My friend owns a sigma and his only con is the focus ring is very poor

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2012, 06:23:28 PM »
Recommend Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 atleast can also be used on a full frame later on. As the newest version has a very extreme image stabilization and also lately been amping to use f2.8 on most of my shoots as I feel anything lower the DOF is too thin making it to easy for people to get out of focus and have to refocus too much during the shot while f2.8 still have a nice DOF but everything is also much sharper.

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2012, 09:13:24 PM »
weldroid, I'm in sync with your thoughts (got a 600D with a Canon EF-S 15-85/3,5-5,6 IS USM and the cheap 50mm). I made the same conclusions regarding the focus throw. So only lens that's left is the expensive Canon.
But man, look at the size and weight of that lens!? I don't know anymore. I might just go for a fast prime wider than my 50mm.
Haven't decided yet.

Regarding IS I've actually read that it can reduce sharpness a bit and that you get better IQ without it (but with a mono/tripod of course). But that might have been for stills and not video. Myself I prefer IS as I only do family shots and don't wanna bring a truck with shoulder rigs, sliders, lights, external sound, reflectors and catering). :-)

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2012, 02:27:19 PM »
Recommend Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 atleast can also be used on a full frame later on. As the newest version has a very extreme image stabilization and also lately been amping to use f2.8 on most of my shoots as I feel anything lower the DOF is too thin making it to easy for people to get out of focus and have to refocus too much during the shot while f2.8 still have a nice DOF but everything is also much sharper.

Cheers Chungdha! I thought the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 was APS-C only. Tamron website says it will heavily vignette on a full frame sensor.

How does the zoom ring feel? Is there enough precision (throw) for manual zooming?
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2012, 02:31:26 PM »
I normally recommend the fast prime set for all cinematographers and a lens kit to fill any missing focal lengths.

50mm f/1.4
28mm f/1.8
35mm f/2
85mm f/1.8
all these together will run you a bit over 1.5k (euro)

this however is far from what you want if you're shoting live events. I know what a headache they can be if you are not prepared with the proper equipment

Canon offer a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM which I was looking to buy to replace the kind lens, unfortunatly this is a EF-S but at least it's well around your budget

If you want a lens that is considered fast do not look at anything with a value higher than f/2.8

Also you need to decide what you need it for specifically, how you do this is to film with the kit lens, where is fails is where you need to improve by upgrade, if it works fine you dont need to upgrade and kit lenses dont shot any different in video over l series lenses (in photography its another story)

I hear sigma also make some good lenses but I can't recommend something I do not own. My friend owns a sigma and his only con is the focus ring is very poor

Thanks for the suggestion! Exactly, I would go for the Sigma if it did had a better focus ring.

When it comes to the shortcomings of the kit lens, my only gripe is it being F/3.5-5.6, and of course I could use a more precise zoom wheel. Build quality is what it is, but at least I don't go out shooting like "oh my god, I got a thousand buck lens on, I don't wanna break this thing..."  ;)
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2012, 07:02:32 PM »
I went to a shop today to try things out in real life. In terms of build quality and feel the Canon 17-55 F/2.8 is almost a world apart from the Sigma and the Tamron (17-50). Sigma's focus throw is really short, I'm sure I could learn to live with it, but I learnt to live with the kit lens as well. Tamron is a bit better in terms of manual focusing, but clearly it offers some challenges at wide open, especially zoomed in.

TBH both the Sigma and the Tamron felt closer to the kit lens than the Canon 17-55 F/2.8, and they not exactly sell for peanuts either, also they are a tiny bit shorter (50 instead of 55).

The only downside of the Canon - in my opinion - is its size and weight. You turn the zoom ring, and you can feel you're moving a lot of glass inside. Sigma and Tamron is a bit toy-ish, this one's heavy like a grenade launcher, felt a little disproportionate with the 600D body stuck at the end of it  ;) Also, zooming is smooth, but at the short end gets heavier, with a "hump" at the end. Focus throw is very nice compared to the 3rd parties, as expected.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2012, 08:58:09 PM »
Good info. There's no shop around here who has all three.
I've come to the same conclusion as you (no hands-on exp though) - the Canon is perfect...except for its size and weight.

I bought a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 prime today. Sweet with the DoF. However f/2.8 would be enough for me as I film people most of the time and the DoF when close to the subject is only 0.36 inches (at f/1.4). Try filming a kid at f/1.4. :-)
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2012, 09:40:02 PM »
I bought a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 prime today. Sweet with the DoF. However f/2.8 would be enough for me as I film people most of the time and the DoF when close to the subject is only 0.36 inches (at f/1.4). Try filming a kid at f/1.4. :-)

Yeah, it really looked smaller on the photos, hell it even looked smaller in that glass cabinet they've kept all the precious L glass  ;) mind you, it didn't LOOK very different from those, apart from the obvious difference in paint job.

At this point I am starting to admire my cheap plastic kit lens more and more... I mean it has decent IS, auto-focus that beats the Tamron (according to my limited experience in the shop), perfectly usable range and image quality that is more than enough for video. It is shocking how much more plastic, metal and precision glass is needed to get that F/2.8 constant max aperture.

At this point I am not sure that the pro's really justify the price tag, and it is clear that - for me at least - none of the 3rd party alternatives would bring enough gain in usability to bother.
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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2012, 10:09:17 PM »
I replaced my kit lens with a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens about a year ago and I have never regretted it. The lens is solid and yes, the lens is heavy. I prefer to use the 600D with the battery grip in order to get a "grip" on the camera ;) One drawback to the lens is that it is a dust sucker when the focus motor operates. I would recommend installing a UV protection filter on the lens right from the outset. Much of my work is with a tripod so the overall weight isn't a major drawback. The constant f/2.8 from 17 to 55 is a great feature and super for low light although a prime f/1.4 would  be obliviously better in low light but it doesn't have the flexibility.
600D ML | 450D | EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Speedlite 580EX II, Azden SMX-10 Microphone; Sony Vegas HD Platinum, DxO Optics Pro, DxO Filmpack, Oloneo HDR Photoengine

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Re: Lens upgrade for 18-55 (600D)
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2012, 12:21:52 AM »
Weldroid, just noticed...you're from Sthlm. :-)
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Gear: Canon 600D/T3i -- Sigma 30/f1.4 EX DC HSM -- Canon EF-S 15-85/f3.5-5.6 IS USM -- Canon EF 50/1.8 II -- V3 LCD Viewfinder loupe -- Velbon RUP-L40
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