We do enough extreme angle photos and I mean here by "extreme angle" the low angle shots (significantly lower than the eye level) and the high angle shots where the photog needs to keep the camera above of his head.
Unfortunately, as you know, 5D3 has a fixed rear screen, so we are forced to use a "trial-and-error" technique to do our shoots.
However we did some research and we found till now that there are several gadgets to help here. I will list them in the following lines with my observations, their pros and cons, (according with my (humble) opinion of course) inviting you to add / modify / delete the list. Let the ball roll:
- Right Angle Finders. Something like this one:http://www.amazon.com/Seagull-Finder-Minolta-Olympus-cameras/dp/B000CS40WY
Cheap, good raport price / value. However these things are 90 degrees only. Also they cannot extend. It would be very nice if there would be a product which will have an extensible arm (or should I say... leg?) which optionally would change its angle at, let's say 45 degrees, in order to give more flexibility in camera positioning.
A plus is that the thing is optical, hence fast low-light AF, no batteries, small in size, lightweight etc.
As an aside note, "360 degrees rotation" from the product's spec means for me that it rotates in the parallel plane with the camera rear not on the perpendicular one.
- Field Monitors. Something like this:http://www.lcd4video.com/lcd4video-7-hd-lcd-monitor-kit-w-dv-battery-adapter-silver-package/
Way bigger and heavier than the previous option (the above is an 7" monitor). Perhaps a 5" one would be a better choice. Also, perhaps it would be a fragile option for a photojournalist. Needs battery (ok, I can cope with that). Also, it uses the HDMI output which means that it will use the LiveView engine hence the AF will be slower (even if I use the Quick more) and the camera's battery will drain faster.
Any thoughts here?
- Mirror. A simple mirror. See discussion here:http://www.flickr.com/groups/diyphotographynet/discuss/72157624847895646/
I think it is a very good idea however I think that the camera won't be so steady since one of the hands will keep the mirror. No, I cannot use always a tripod.
Any comments? Thoughts? Better options? Better products?
TIA for your feedback