Yes, You Can Use The FX9 Viewfinder With The FX6

FX6FX9VF1 Yes, You Can Use The FX9 Viewfinder With The FX6
The viewfinder assembly from the FX9 fitted to the FX6

 

Good news, you can use the FX9’s viewfinder assembly on the FX6. Not just the loupe/magnifier, but the entire viewfinder including the LCD. It all fits straight on to the FX6 and is full functional. Overlays, menus and the touch screen are all good. The only small thing is the display is initially upside down, but that is easily resolved using the “rotate” switch that is at the bottom of the FX9’s LCD screen.

So – if you have an FX9 and an FX6 you can swap viewfinders between both cameras. We already know that if you simply add the loupe/magnifier from the FX9 to the FX6’s LCD that it fits, but tends to be a bit “droopy” because of the weak hinges on the FX6 LCD.  You can  buy the FX9 LCD as a spare part along with the loupe if you want, but it won’t be cheap!

FX9-LCD-on-FX6-600x401 Yes, You Can Use The FX9 Viewfinder With The FX6

14 thoughts on “Yes, You Can Use The FX9 Viewfinder With The FX6”

    1. No, the electronics are very different. The FX6 and FX9 viewfinders operate at higher resolution than the earlier FS5 and FS7 cameras/viewfinders

  1. Is the cost of an FX9 EVF as a spare part much more expensive than buying a 3rd party EVF? Can’t find any prices online.

    1. I have not seen a price yet, but it will almost certainly be more expensive than many of the 3rd party options. But unlike the 3rd party options it doesn’t tie up an SDI or HDMI, doesn’t need separate power, the overlays won’t prevent you from recording externally, gamma assist will work as well as the touch screen.

      1. I got a price here in Australia for $836 for the lot. Thinking it will be worth it rather then going the other route… I tried filming the other day in sun and it was impossible to see the screen. I was just guessing it all looked ok. I know people add bright monitors , but that’s just another thing that needs power and you can’t beat the ergonomics when using the loupe and having the camera on/or pushed into your shoulder. So i think i will go for it Alister … what’s the mount you’re using in the pic ? is it a better solution ?

  2. Hi Alister

    I’ve been trying to source some off-the-shelf LCD screen protector films sized to fit the Sony FS7/FS7M2/FX9 LCD/EVF displays, as our operators tend to use & abuse them, often leading to scratches & dings, which obviously sometimes requires an expensive screen replacement.

    Unfortunately, all the ones I’ve tried (including one which was specifically sold for the FS7) all seem fine to the naked eye on the LCD, but produce a strong blotchy rainbow effect looking through the loupe eyepiece (one of the optical elements is producing a polarising effect). It’s bad enough to be unusably distracting.

    I can minimise the rainbowing, so that it’s usable, by rotating the screen protector, so could theoretically buy a larger screen protector film for say an iPad/tablet and cut it to size on a diagonal angle, but obviously a rather trial & error, time consuming, inconvenient solution.

    Thanks very much for any suggestions!
    Best wishes
    Eric

  3. Both Top Teks and CVP have FX9 loupe kits that include a replacement hinge to hold the weight of the loupe.

    1. Yes, they use a modified FS7 MK1 viewfinder hinge and mounts. It’s a lot of money for an ugly conversion that reverts to round rods that were ditched a long time ago as they have sag and droop issues of their own. So you address one issue but introduce another. I’d rather just put an O ring around the existing hinge, costs next to nothing and fixes the issue without introducing new ones.

      1. It seems like quite an economical solution though if you don’t already have an FX9 loupe?

      2. When you say “ weak hinges on the FX6 LCD”, what exactly are you referring to?

        Something on the mounting arm? Or the clips that connect an eyepiece to the LCD? ( I wish we’d go back to using the word “eyepiece” because some will use “viewfinder” to mean the display screen and others will use “viewfinder” to mean the eyepiece. )

        Would an after-market arm for the VF solve the sag?

        I don’t understand where the sag is taking place. I wish you’d included an image of this phenomena.

        1. The LCD rotates around a pivot and there is very little tension at the pivot. The pivot is part of the LCD assembly so buying an new arm or mount does not resolve the issue.

  4. Buy the new Vocas LCD monitor support for Sony FX6. The friction joint will now take the weight of the sony loupe from an FS 7 and MkII or a Z-finder.

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