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Frequently-asked questions
about the Xtend-a-View Pro Mini, Pro Standard/Variable and Pro Wide

How does Xtend-a-View connect to the camera?

Answer: Every Xtend-a-View Pro LCD viewer is supplied with both Velcro and a non-skid rubber material. If you only want a "quick view", you put on the rubber material, attach the lanyard and hold the viewer up to the LCD when you want to check focus or framing or you want to view a picture. For more permanent mounting, you can use the Velcro material


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Which Xtend-a-View works with my camera?

I don't want to put velcro on my camera, but I want a firmer mount than just hanging the viewer around my neck. What other solutions are available?
Answer: If you've got a Nikon 990/995, the optional Wing II mounting system is a great solution. You just attach the Xtend-a-View Pro Standard or Variable viewer to an optional Wingstud, attach the stud to the Wing II, and attach the Wing to the camera. You can then swing the viewer away from the camera when not needed.

Additionally available for the Nikon 990/995, there's the FlashJack 900 product, which uses the EagleEye Wingstud 99x for mounting. The FlashJack 900 provides a built-in Flash mount as well and you can use the AS-E900 Multi-sync flash shoe.

If you have a Kodak 4800, the Xtend-a-Mount 4800 works well. You simply attach the viewer to the mount and then attach the mount to the camera. No velcro is required.

If you have an Olympus 2000, 2020, 3000, 3030 or 4040 camera, you can use the Xtend-a-Mount OLY. It eliminates the Velcro and provides a firm mounting location for your Xtend-a-View.

For the Olympus 2100, use the Xtend-a-Mount 2100.

A special mount for the Olympus 5050 is the Xtend-a-Mount 5050.

For nearly every other digital camera, you can use the Xtend-a-Mount OMNI.

I've got a camera with a swing out LCD and I want to use this feature. Does the Xtend-a-Mount solution work?
Answer: Thanks to Larry Berman at Berman Graphics, there's also a very simple solution for cameras with articulating screens (those LCD's that swing away from the camera). Here's a great example of what can be easily created. This particular solution was created for the Nikon 5000, but the application is exactly the same for other similar cameras.

Will the Xtend-a-View work with my camera?

Answer: Check the compatibility listing in the Xtend-a-View section. The Xtend-a-View products are compatible with a wide variety of cameras.

If you're using a tele-extender or wide angle attachment, how do you focus or compose the picture?

Answer: The general approach is to use the LCD screen to compose the picture. The Xtend-a-View can help you focus and frame the picture correctly, as it is often difficult to use a viewfinder since the parallax effect causes the actual picture frame to "shift" from what is seen in the viewfinder.

Why is Xtend-a-View better than other designs?

Answer: Xtend-a-View was designed and built with functionality, simplicity and longevity in mind. The body is made from anodized aluminum. The 2x lens is made from custom ground glass. But most importantly, it actually works. Photosolve customers indicate that the Xtend-a-View does a much better job than the wrap around hoods because they don't block the light like the Xtend-a-View.

Some people have indicated that the 2x magnification causes some concern. The individual pixels of the LCD are visible.

Answer: The effect of magnification on the LCD pixels will vary from camera to camera. Those models with lower resolution LCDs (fewer pixels) will definitely show up more magnified in the viewer. Most customers have indicated that they get used to the effect very quickly. Interestingly enough, there's a strange phenomenon that occurs on LCDs when using the viewer. Objects in focus will "shimmer" slightly, and you can tell that your focus is right on. This is particularly helpful when you're using telephoto lenses such as the OpticZoom. Additionally the all-new Xtend-a-View Pro Variable allows you to focus or de-focus the LCD screen if you have a 1.8" to 2.0" LCD.

What's the warranty on Xtend-a-View units?

Answer: All Xtend-a-View™ models are warranted to be free of manufacturing defects for 90 days. If during that time, the unit becomes defective, it should be returned for replacement. We reserve the right to repair or replace defective units. Units out of warranty will be repaired or replaced at a nominal fee. Contact us to arrange return and repair.

I lost my manual! or I'd like to see the manual for Xtend-a-View. Where do I get it?

Answer: You can download an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the Xtend-a-Lens manual on the corresponding Xtend-a-View product page (Mini, Standard/Variable, Wide). Each manual is set up to be printed single-sided. .

What if I have questions that aren't addressed here?

Answer: Feel free to visit the Photosolve Message Board. If you can't find the answer to your question there, you can always post your question to the board.