Step 1: What Your Going to Need
1 piece of Sintra, which is a plastic that is easily mold-able with boiling water or a heat gun.
1 Lab style 500ml Nalgene bottle
1 small piece of soft foam
1 small piece of foam rubber
1 35mm film container
1 lens from a set of cheap bonoculars
Don't be turned off by the strange Nalgene bottle and mold-able plastic keep reading about how to use other materials.
Step 2: Just a Few Tools
As far as tools are concerned for this project your not going to need very many tools. Also there are many different and alternative options for the tools I used.
1) Hack saw
2) Dremel with cut off wheel
3) Hot glue gun
4) Soldering iron
5) X-acto knife
7) Sand paper about 180 grit or something coarse
8) A good work surface
9) Some free time
10) A little bit of imagination
11) Oh yes and a straight edge if you like your edges all straight and what not
Sorry no picture for this step. This is what the imagination is for.
Step 3: The Weird Bottle!
Now, if you cannot get a hold of one of these bottles don't lose hope. Get some Black matte board or plastic and using your tools and hot glue gun build a pyramid with a large end that will fit over you LCD on your camera and a small end that will accommodate a 35mm film container snugly.
While your doing this you might want to turn on your soldering iron to warm it up if you haven't already.
Step 4: Don't Scratch Your Screen!
Now that you have a nice plastic edge that could potentially scratch your LCD grab your piece of foam rubber. Place your bottle neck on it large side down and trace it. Now cut the foam leaving about 1/16th of an inch around your line. Once you have done this cut a hole on the inside that is the same size as your LCD.
Step 5: Make That Gasket Fit
Step 6: This Step Is Not Completely Necessary
Cut the bottle neck off at its base as shown. Cut the 35mm film container off about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Now using the Dremel cut off wheel make the hole in the bottle piece a rectangle as shown in the second photo. The hold should just fit the 35mm film container when it is squished into a rectangle. Then hot glue it nice and solid so it stays in place.
The variables here are how long your viewfinder needs to bee. Test out the binocular lens you have or whatever it was that you found and get the correct distance from the LCD so that you can get focus properly.
This step however is important if your not using a bottle and made you own cone. Just do the same thing.
Step 7: Flat Black for the Professional Finish
Now grab your lens and your soft foam. Trace the lens on the foam and cut a rough outside shape like a square. Then using your knife cut a round hole from the center as best you can. It works better to make the hole slightly smaller so you can stretch the foam around the lens. Now hot glue it or glue it with your favorite adhesive. Again using the knife you can now form the foam piece so it better fits your eye. Lastly glue the whole thing on the end of the 35mm film container. Be sure you don't use super glue for this as it will cause hazing on the lens.
Step 8: But How Does It Go on My Camera?
The easiest alternative to using Sintra would be a small piece of aluminum. Just be sure that you put something on the underside so that you don't cause the hot shoe points to make contact confusing your camera.
Step 9: Your Done!
Now your cool now accessory is done and you can shoot videos like no one else. Well, at least I can. I hope this build was helpful to you and if you would like to purchase one of the Nalgene bottles they are available from Creation Station by phone at (425) 775-7959 or hop on over to the web site at CreationStationInc.com don't forget the INC. The items used are not posted on the web site but are available by phone order or E-mail. I can pick them out personally.
Cheers and happy shooting.