SmallHD 702 Bright Still a valuable monitor ? focus monitor Small HD By Bastien Chilloux on 2/1/20, 12:02 PM • 390 views Hi everyone, I am looking for a monitor to pull focus easily. I already have a Blackmagic Video Assist 4K V1, but it's more of a recorder, and not usable on a HF focus system. I was looking for a bright monitor to use outdoor without to much problems. I would like something versatile, reliable and of course to too pricey ^^ I have see the SmallHD 702 Bright with it's great functions and 1000 nits screen. However, it's quite an old piece of screen as other brands now sell brighter screen for better outdoor uses. I was wondering about how this 702 bright handle on set use as 1rst AC / focus puller. Would you guys recommend it or not today as a main focus monitor ? In fact I have seen a brand new one for about 850€ / 950$ USD. Would it be a great deal as far as it's more like 1250€ here in France, but more like 879$ USD on the official SmallHD website. Thank you for your advices and help ! Philipp Uhl On 2/1/20, 3:16 PM I personally don't really like the SmallHD monitors to pull focus, because (especially the older generations) are a bit soft compared to some other brands and I don't really like the focus tools they provide... The best 7" Focus Monitor is my opinion is the TVLogic F-7H, which is also very popular among other focus pullers as well, but of course its a bit more pricey than the 702. Maybe you can find somewhere a F-7H mkI for a good price? The screen itself is the same like in the newer mkII, so there is not that big of a difference and it's definitely cheaper than going for the newest model! Bastien Chilloux On 2/1/20, 8:07 PM Yes I hear a lot of good things on TV Logic monitors. They seem to be a pretty good value and a safe solution to pull sharp focus :) Nice, thank you for your advice !
Bastien Chilloux On 2/5/20, 10:36 AM Hi ! What about the overall build of the monitor ? Does it feel solid for an everyday use ? And what about those 3600 nits ? Do you go up to there often when shooting outside ? Doesn't the picture look too much washed out when full brightness ? Thank you in advance :) Philipp Uhl On 2/6/20, 12:19 AM It's feels really solid, build quality is good just like with any TVLogic Monitor. The 3600 nits are awesome to have, but I rarely use them. In a normal outdoor environment I mostly use the "Outdoor" setting which is somewhere around 2000 nits I think. The maximum setting looks a bit weird, and there is not much contrast and it gets a blue color cast, so I try to avoid using it. I only had one situation where I really needed the max setting, and that was on a snowmobile driving around at high speeds, with sun so bright that we had to use sunglasses to shield our eyes from the light reflected by the snow around... And that still worked ;) By the way, if you want some more info about the F-7H, there are two more threads about it here in the forum: https://www.focuspulleratwork.com/forum/monitors-3/tag/f-7h-33/questions
Clovis Ghiorzi On 2/5/20, 11:23 PM I'm using the 702bright on a project now. I really like it. But, for me, the TV logic F-7h is the best at the momment. I also like the 703 because of the internal Teradek but it have a different price. I never used the F-5h but I think that it is a very good monitor too. The olders TV logic like 058w works very well also and if think in money it has a very good value.