well, we got tired of waiting for PhaseOne to come out with a "real" LiveView option that was even halfway as good as Canon's.
Clients at our studio are spoiled on it but need the IQ and resolution occasionally of the PhaseOne/Leaf backs. We first tried the LV using the PhaseOne cam and Leaf back but it crashed and was clunkier than all getout and was twitchy and poor resolution and and and....the stylists hated it. Then we tried surveillance cams but they were clumsy and had no zoom and were typically only in B/W, and couldnt be sync'd to the computers and and and....the stylists and photographers (me mostly) hated it. Then we tried using the 4x5 and Leaf capture software and it was a pretty good compromise but the stylists and art directors still hated it.
So we took what they were used to (Canon 5D2 LV) and piggybacked it onto the top of the PhaseOne and projected both onto big screens around the studio.
5D2 with 45-TS was for LV only and styling. We use a 80mm on the PhaseOne DF and 45TSe on the canon and shift back for closest match.
We use this for styling, NOT FOR FOCUS obviously focus is handled using the autofocus in the PhaseOne DF.
Next step is to get a lens combo that allows the 5D2 to look straight thru the viewfinder of the DF.
On the left is the LiveView for stylist, which is projected onto big screen, and on the right is the PhaseOne capture....pretty close and perfect for the stylist, live and in color...just what they want.
Huge success!!! Client absolutely loves the setup and scheduled many many more shoots for their billboards and window display stuff.
Just thought I'd share. I wish there was duct tape involved but we just couldnt fit it into the setup
I keep asking PhaseOne to just put a 5D2 chip into the viewfinder for this useage but they just dont wanna listen... So we will do it ourselves I guess...necessity is a mother!