nLoupe – DIY Display Loupe for 5 inch screens

Category : DIY Gear

DIY Display Loupe that fits a 5″ screen including instructions and parts list.

The final nLoupe display loupe attached to the Ninja Blade.

Simple Display Loupe Idea

The Atomos Ninja Blade is a great mobile broadcast video recorder and has a even greater 5″ LCD screen. The other day I wanted to use the Blade as a monitor for a shoulder rig. But thats not gonna work without a display loupe. A little lens with a housing attached to the screen of the Blade.

Unfortunately I did not found a appropriate solution. The Loupes are either to small or to expensive for just a display loupe.

That activated my DIY skills once again and the photo-story below documents what I have created. For now I made the display loupe just for me, but who knows, if there is a demand, I possible make it into a product.

Ideas started to form.

The Blueprint

Ideas starting to form, a blueprint is mandatory.
First Lego mockup to test out the distance I need for the lens.

The Mockup

First Lego mockup to test out the distance needed for the lens.

Cheap three inch display loupe to be cut shortly. The plastic lens has a good optical quality.
Not perfectly cut, but thats ok for the purpose. Top part with lens cut away from rest of plastic housing.

The Parts

Cheap three inch display loupe to be cut shortly. Despite it’s low price (about €15) the plastic lens has a good optical quality. Just did a rough, imperfect cut, but thats ok for the purpose. Leftover is the top part with lens cut away from rest of plastic housing.

Measurements. Cutting.
More measurements. finaly cut.
Sticking together with tixo. Testing with the lens.

The Construction

Measurements, cutting and sticking it together with tixo and retrofitted the lens into the new housing.

Metal frame measurements. Cutting it painstakingly out.

Metal frame measurements and cutting it out painstakingly.

Now rounding the hard edges.

Now rounding the hard edges.

Cutting a half-round carbon fiber stick as support frame. Final carbon fiber support frame and magnets from the original display loupe.
... colorized with matte-black spraypaint on the inside for screen-glare reduction. Does look like DIY only a bit on closeup view.

Cutting a half-round carbon fiber stick as support frame then glue the cut-out magnets from the original display loupe. Does look like DIY only a bit on closeup view.

Measurements again.  Cutting the amazing looking Carbon-Fiber-Look glue foil. 

Measurements again. Cutting the amazing looking Carbon-Fiber-Look self-glue foil.

Body with CF-Foil glued on it.

Body with CF-Foil glued on it.

Fitting the oversized rubber eye-cup into the nice and soft eye-cushion. Nice and soft leather eye-cushion for better viewing pleasure and comfort.
All attached together and finished. With velcro support for flipping the nLoupe up to reach the touchscreen.

Fitting the oversized rubber eye-cup into the nice and soft eye-cushion. The nice looking and soft leather eye-cushion gives a better viewing pleasure and comfort as the rubber only eye-cup. Velcro-tape support for flipping-up functionality to reach the touchscreen.
Works a treat on a shoulder-rig configuration.

The Final Design

Works a treat on a shoulder-rig configuration.

nLoupe attached to the Ninja Blade and mounted on the Canon C100.

nLoupe attached to the Ninja Blade and mounted on the Canon C100.

I hope this is a inspiration for you DIYselfers out there and feel free to ask questions.


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Comments (3)

Hi Niclas,

Thanks for your interest in my work. Yes the loupe is working great and I use it regulary on shoots. Unfortunately I do not sell it for now, but that does not mean that maybe in the future i will 😉

Keep an eye on my blog, if that is gonna happen, it will be announced for sure!

Greets,
Patrick.

2 years ago
davydo

Hey Patrick,
I was wondering what material you used for the sides of the Loupe? Is it just paper, or some sort of styrofoam/plastic?
I hope to hear from you, since I will be ordering a new 5” display soon 🙂
Cheers,
David

9 months ago
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