EvilDonut wrote:how much of an f-stop hit does it take, and is there a flip ability and what type lenses does it take? I guess focus pull is out of the question
I haven't measured the light loss on the Canon Ee-A screen, but I will definitely do that. It's probably just as bad as any other out there, the Canon Ee-A screen is fairly top-of-the-line for the job. But I'll get back to you with exact measurement tomorrow.
Focus pull is certainly possible. Kind of awkward without rails + follow focus, but guerilla filmmakers always find ways around it. I managed to pull off focus pull shots very well without a monitor and just by focusing it like a photography lens. The result looked great,
There is no flip ability, unfortunately. So it requires a mirror, a camera that has flip feature, a monitor, or coordination. Honestly, I would highly recommend a monitor in general, it's really tough to nail the focus on a camera LCD screen, and focus on a 35mm camera (adapter in this case) can often be razor thin. 35mm adapters with flip are usually several hundred, if not thousand dollars. If you spend that much on an adapter, you should really have a monitor for focusing anyways, so the flip wouldn't be as helpful as it would to someone on a lower budget. Getting a cheap monitor is the closest thing to a middle ground in terms of 35mm adapters and your budget. I know you know most of this, this info is for others.