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Dear all,

I need an external monitor, I saw some review about Aputure VS-2 and it seems ok:

http://fenchel-janisch.com/monitor-review-aputure-v-screen-2

http://tomantosfilms.com/6730/aputure-7-nich-monitor/ ​

Do you think also Aputure VS-1 could be ok for normal work?

http://www.aputure.com/V-Screen-VS-1/

Any experience with both?
Thank ​you very much for your advices! :)

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That looks nice. Fairly light. I had a DP7 for GH4/BM and it was so heavy (1.5 lbs) that I just couldn't take it anymore. I sold it and got a SmallHD 502 which is feather light. It stays on top of smalls cameras with ease.

EDIT: The main reason I love using SmallHD with GH4 and BM is the LUT feature. It helps to have a custom LUT to see in the field when shooting LOG or Cine D.

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I was looking at the same thing. That is: something for the GH4/BMPCC (perhaps BMMCC/BMMSC). Figured the way to go probably would be the Lilliput 663/O/P2 for the most complete 'cheap' monitor (incl. histogram, waveforms, vectorscope, etc).

Up from that the Blackmagic Video Assist as a nice external recorder and monitor combined. But I'm still not sure what the monitoring features specifcally entail.

Then the Videodevices PIX-E5H 4K recorder/monitor with PIX-LR XLR audio interface as the crème de la crème solution, with a premium price tag (still believe it's better value compared to a SmallHD 502 + Sidefinder that doesn't record, or Atomos Shogun / Convergent Design Odyssey Q7+ that do record but have the thing of price, size, storage, mainly).

But yeah, for the entry level... really budget price, Aputure seems to take it away (their LED units are awesome value too). There have been mutiple threads about this subject ( most recently here and here ). Apparently the Feelworlds aren't that bad either. But I kinda feel like paying a bit more might really get you something quite a bit more useful. Depends on what you do with it and how it would add to your style of shooting. So you have to do some soul searching... still working on that myself. :P Perhaps by the time the Video Assist is availlable I might finally have an actual need for one.

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SmallHD just announced the 501 monitor, which is a HDMI-only version of the 502, at $899. It's ability to function as an EVF with the upcoming sidefinder is what really makes it attractive to me. Plus the bluetooth joystick control that will also be coming soon.

​Such a bummer for me. I ordered the 502 and a week later they announce 501. It's always nice to have SDI available in case though.

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I can comment on the Aputure VS 2 during the coming weekend, - I ordered one a few days ago and it should be delivered this Friday,

Like most other monitors it should be pretty much useless due to screen glare when used outside - especially in sunlight.  I have some ideas that hopefully will remedy this issue.

I will be back and tell you how it turns out.

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I can comment on the Aputure VS 2 during the coming weekend, - I ordered one a few days ago and it should be delivered this Friday,

Like most other monitors it should be pretty much useless due to screen glare when used outside - especially in sunlight.  I have some ideas that hopefully will remedy this issue.

I will be back and tell you how it turns out.

Did you find it in Europe?

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Might as well take up on me own advice and give the Lilliput 663/O/P2 a go. It's €309 over here: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00IUAZGNI .

Comes in a neat little case with some accessories. Built is metal, not some flimsy plastic. And then of course there's the functionality. There's nothing quite like it at the price point...

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(Full .pdf at http://www.lilliput.de/pdf/663-2014-web.pdf )

Might still be too expensive, maybe overkill as well for some... but on the bang-for-buck scale to me this really scores points. I do believe that extra bit of dosh will pay itself back... what you have to ask yourself I think is: do I want a secondary screen (noun) or do I quite literally want to monitor (verb) what I'm doing? If you're looking into a monitor, do not neccessarily need an external recorder or something a bit smaller than 7", then this seems to be pretty sweet. I'll report back returning from my holidays once it has come in.

​Trough ebay they can't ship to Italy: do you think through this website is also ok? http://www.tomtop.com/aputure-v-screen-vs-2-7-monitor-hdmi-slim-camera-video-monitor-for-dslr-camera-camcorder-d1983.html#tops

​Tomtop is a pretty big player and they're all over eBay and AliExpress with multiple stores as well. I've done a fair share of business with them, always went fine. But when packages get a little bigger, heavier and more expensive, there's an increase of risk that it won't fly under the radar... customs might pick up on that and charge you import duties. So then cheap becomes not so cheap anymore... Just a thing to keep in mind. There's always the thing with the declaring of lower values and as 'gift', something these kind of shops tend to put on, but that's not how the system's supposed to work and customs will probably see through that. So beware.

But there's loads of stuff you can get from China, if you need some help filtering through the masses, there are sites such as http://finddealsfor.me and http://chinaprices.us to make life a little easier. Don't forget to check a site like http://www.retailmenot.com for discount coupons. There's one site in particular that has loads of photography stuff: http://www.linkdelight.com , just like Tomtop, you might find 'em on eBay and AliExpress with multiple stores as well.

One of my favourite stores that has one can be found here: http://www.banggood.com/Aputure-V-Screen-VS-2-Smart-HDMI-7-Inch-LCD-Field-Adv-Video-Monitor-p-950922.html . If you want to go with the Aputure VS-2 and are set to get it from China (taking your chances on import duties), that would be the way to do it. Use coupon ' b185f7 ' on checkout for a 9.99 USD off (Grand Total: US$189.90/€178.00).

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Wow Cinegain! Huge thanks!!! :)
My fear is to not receive shipment from China or to pay a lot of customs (like with Konova slider I bought on Amazon), if I find an EU stores that would be better :)

Thank you  very mach for you advices!

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I look the Lilliput, it seems far better then the Aputure VS-2.

If I'm going to spend more I'll take this!

Otherwise, do you think the super cheap Aputure VS-1 (that has NO peaking/false color/waveform/histogram http://www.amazon.it/Aputure-V-Screen-Ultra-thin-TFT-LCD-Camcorder/dp/B00EZ01JCO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432897389&sr=8-2&keywords=aputure+vs1) could be helpful at least for framing and checking focus/exposure? 

Thank you very much!

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