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Using an LCD viewfinder
The Xtend-a-View is also easily modified for the CoolPix 5000
The LCD finder has three uses.
1 to enlarge the image and let you see to focus and compose critically.
2 To block extraneous light from hitting the finder and making it difficult to see.
3 To enable you to hold the camera against your eye to steady it when shooting, like using a SLR.

The problem that I experienced with the Hoodman is the lack of magnification at the point where you rest your eye. Your eye has to be able to focus critically on the LCD at that point to see fine detail within the picture. For my vision, and many others that I've spoken to, the magnification that the Xtend-a-View gives me is perfect to rest my eye on the finder and be able to see critically on the LCD. In fact, that's the one accessory that actually I would be lost without, anytime, not just in sunlight. Otherwise you have to hold the camera away from your body to shoot. Not very conducive for getting sharp images.

the Xtend-a-View viewfinder on the CoolPix 990

the Xtend-a-View viewfinder

The Xtend-a-View viewfinder.
Still our favorite. The simplicity of the design. Just like the loupe you use to examine slides on a light box. I've been using it for almost a year and it's the one accessory I wouldn't leave home without. The camera's LCD screen is very difficult to see in full sunlight, especially when trying to achieve critical focus on small objects. We use the Xtend-a-View viewfinder all the time. It blocks extraneous light from hitting the LCD screen and has a built in magnifier, greatly improving details.
Hoodman There has been some discussion about using a viewfinder that doesn't use Velcro to attach to the camera. Try this viewfinder from Hoodman. The disadvantage is that it doesn't magnify the image so it's not as easy to see with as the Xtend-a-View. At least through my eyes.
Another option (below) is the OPT-X viewfinder from Technical Innovations which lets you focus the viewfinder's eyepiece by moving the bellows in and out. It doesn't need Velcro but does use the tripod socket for mounting, making it awkward to use a tripod.

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