Working EVF for all cams from Sigma DP Series

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adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
Working EVF for all cams from Sigma DP Series
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One user from Chinese Sigma xitek.com forum produces EVF for Sigma DP series cams.

It works with all DP Series, from first Dp1 and Dp2 to last Merrill versions.

EVF is powered with one battery, and it works with manual focusing, and have manual switcher so you can turn off camera main screen.

Price : unknown

Availability : unknown

More info in pictures and videos below :

Source and videos click here : Videos and info (videos starts with 15 seconds delay)

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SigmaChrome Forum Pro • Posts: 13,336
Re: Working EVF for all cams from Sigma DP Series

Thanks for the info. Truly fascinating.

Would love to know more. Please keep us posted.

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Lord metroid
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Very cool, very cool! Wish it was an official accessory and available in plenty.

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Horton Forum Member • Posts: 53
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At last!  Needed and not rocket science!  Sure hope it is affordable...

OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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SigmaChrome wrote:

Thanks for the info. Truly fascinating.

Would love to know more. Please keep us posted.

From what i understood about this project it's local private initiative, person which produces this EVF was looking for buyers, to run with larger production (several dozen pieces of EVF).

So it is not so much complicated in production, and maybe much cheaper than EVF from bigger producers, it's a simple device, with basic functionality.

Framing and seeing information from camera it's all we wanted, it can easily improve the convenience of using DP cams.

Maybe it will open eyes of someone in Sigma, that one person in China could do the work, so they also can, and they understand that we don't want a 500$ EVF, but basic device for 50-100$ as in this case.

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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Lord metroid wrote:

Very cool, very cool! Wish it was an official accessory and available in plenty.

Yes it's cool, we should make noise about it so Sigma can hear it, we are the ones who buy their products, so they should understand our needs, and produce cheap basic EVF, and later when people would be interesed more advanced versions.

They should listen to old japanese philosophy, "simpler is better when it works".

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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Horton wrote:

At last! Needed and not rocket science! Sure hope it is affordable...

From what i understood 50-100$ price range.

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ChristianHass Veteran Member • Posts: 3,182
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At that price I'd definetely buy one!

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
More info and changes
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More info and changes:

The screen resolution is 320 x 240, EVF is in development phase, this is a small chinese company responsible for this, it will not be sold in private, but officialy as an alternative to sigma accessories.

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ChristianHass wrote:

At that price I'd definetely buy one!

And more other people

JohnLindroth Senior Member • Posts: 2,906
seems like a great idea!

This makes me even more interested in a DP, if I can get one of these.

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Nice!

I would go for a dp2 is this is avaliable soon.

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tornwald Forum Member • Posts: 76
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At that resolution, it will be pretty much useless unfortunately.
Still, I do hope it is a first step in the right direction.

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Barraso wrote:

Nice!

I would go for a dp2 is this is avaliable soon.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-Video-Monitor-by-Vision-Systems-Unlimited-/261229184062

if there is pal version you will get more resolution. Any video monitor will work with dpXm but in NTSC or PAL composite video.

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ChristianHass Veteran Member • Posts: 3,182
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tornwald wrote:

At that resolution, it will be pretty much useless unfortunately.
Still, I do hope it is a first step in the right direction.

Isn't it the same resolution as the original DP cameras have on the LCD? That worked just fine when it wasn't washed out by the sun, and in an EVF it won't be.

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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EVF is now on sale, first users in China just bought them.

Actual price: ~104 $ (650 yuan), but it will drop to level between 48-80 $ (300 - 500 yuan) if EVF will meet higher market demand.

HD screen in EVF is possible and it's not a problem for producers, but price will be higher.

EVF uses PAL, and video signal from camera, so with better internal screen and latest model of camera you will get more resolution in EVF.

In standard it uses 880mAh Li-ion 3.6V reachargeable battery, but some users use 1200mAh reachargeable battery.

EVF has a very low power consumption, it lasts the entire day taking pictures, producers tested energy consumption with Merrill cams and they notice ~ 50% lower energy consumption when main screen is turn off and EVF used.

In dp2m from nominal 50-60 pictures in high RAW (with main screen turn on) they could get 155 pictures using EVF and main screen turn off.

The viewfinder is suitable myopia.

"If the product will sold well, then we can think about adding diopter adjustment."

Review from one of users :

"This product should be named the Best Product Award this year at least, very practical, take pictures now, no looking back at the camera, and in all processes i no longer need screen, i'm completely taken over by the viewfinder display, and did not feel low resolution, greatly reducing the tremor when taking pictures and press the shutter the moment jitter. Now 1/15 dared to press the shutter, which in the past, I have at least 1/125 shutter was feeling more reliable."

Pictures from first buyers/users:

Yes, it works with manual focusing

Dp2x + M42 + EVF

Dp2x + M42 + EVF

Dp2M + EVF

Dp2M + EVF

Dp1S + EVF

Dp1S + EVF

With EVF you will get two versions of USB protective sleeves, one is for non-Merrill and one for Merrill versions. It protects your USB interface from physical damage.

USB protective sleeve

USB protective sleeve

USB plug - without protective sleeve

USB protective sleeve in interface

USB protective sleeve with plug

880mAh 3.6V Li-ion Rechargeable Battery

Battery in EVF

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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tornwald wrote:

At that resolution, it will be pretty much useless unfortunately.
Still, I do hope it is a first step in the right direction.

HD screen in EVF is possible, but price will be higher, producers said that from technical point of view there is no problem, when there is market demand then they will go in HD.

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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JohnLindroth wrote:

This makes me even more interested in a DP, if I can get one of these.

They are now on sale, first users buyed them from chinese Sigma forum on xitek.com.

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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Barraso wrote:

Nice!

I would go for a dp2 is this is avaliable soon.

It's on sale now, but only in China. First user get EVF from producers on Chinese Sigma forum on xitek.com

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OP adabsvrd Regular Member • Posts: 203
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victorgv wrote:

Barraso wrote:

Nice!

I would go for a dp2 is this is avaliable soon.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-Video-Monitor-by-Vision-Systems-Unlimited-/261229184062

if there is pal version you will get more resolution. Any video monitor will work with dpXm but in NTSC or PAL composite video.

EVF works in PAL, you must change option in camera to PAL, and then EVF works, it's very simple.

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