Two Great Accessories for Micro Four-Thirds

Special guest post by Mark Toal

I was in LA for a Panasonic event a couple of weeks ago and came across two new accessories that I had previously overlooked and now find that I don’t want to shoot without them. I bought them both and haven’t regretted it for a moment.

Pro Dot Shutter ButtonSince it’s so easy to shoot video on a mirrorless camera, I’ve been trying to learn how to do it better and both of these accessories lend themselves more to video than still photography. The ProDot Shutter Button is a small, inexpensive rubber stick-on that can adhere to any button on your camera to make it easier to find when you’re shooting. There is always a button on the camera that I want to find without taking my eye away from the viewfinder. In my case it’s the video button so I just stuck a Red Dot on it. Now when I want to shoot a video in the middle of shooting stills I don’t have to take my eye away from the viewfinder to find the video button.

Hoodman Lupe

The other accessory is the Hoodman Custom Finder Loupe. I’ve looked at these before and to be honest I couldn’t imagine using one but when I finally tried one on my Lumix GH3 I fell in love with it. Not only does it let you make sure that focus is correct when shooting video or stills but it steadies the camera while you’re pressing it to your face. This new version that attaches to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera and avoids having to use the hot shoe or rubber band to hold the loupe to the camera.

Two thumb’s up for products that make life easier.

© Mark Toal, self-portraitMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. The views on this post are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at Mark can be contacted at

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