Yes it’s true. I received in the post whilst I was in Siberia the Hood Pro and Sock-Loupe from Mike Stevens. An ingenious invention that solves the problem of using the LCD of the EX1 outside in bright sunlight and then some!
it’s designed for the EX1 but MIke says is will work with any flip out LCD 3.5″ screen. Quote” The Hood-Pro product is a trapezoid LCD shade hood that supports a soft fabric sock that has a +7 diopter lenses group in a rubber eyecup at it’s toe. The shape-shifting sock forms a totally dark, soft and comfortable cup around the eye (called the i-cradle” while focusing on the LCD screen no matter what your vision or eyeglass use. Unique features include a natural “droop” (that’s a disturbing bunching of two words together there Mike! Phil) to avoid sun-burnt screens and a weight of less than 100gm so no strain on the LCD hinge”.
Mike shoots in deserts and swears by it. I had a play in my back garden and it was a joy, no blazing sun but it looked way sharper and better than the ex3 viewfinder. How come? Beats me? better quality diapoter perhaps? Whatever it is this is essential for ANY ex1 user. I couldn’t believe just how crisp and sharp it was when I stuck my eye to the little round hole.
You can order it for $60 from hood-pro.com. It took about 10 days to get to me from California via USPS. Seriously this is better than a hood man and better than my EX3 viewfinder!!