Mark II Artist's Viewfinder 4+

Shoot planning simplified

DIRE Studio

    • 4.8 • 100 Ratings
    • $34.99



Artist's Viewfinder assists the filmmaker or still photographer in exploring different places and angles to find the optimal placement for the camera, and to second-guess compositions. By simulating real camera and lens combinations it allows you to visualize what you are going to shoot without actually setting up the camera. And it's also a great tool to train yourself to see.

Handles Like Your Camera

Exposure compensation. Auto-focus lock. AF confirmation beep. A Quick Control Screen for accessing frequently needed functions. Smart Function Keys. Shutter release via the Volume buttons. We designed the Mark II so that you could feel at home the moment you start working with it. And because it also saves high resolution photos, you can even use it as a regular camera.

Visualize the Grand Landscape

Paired with a 0.5x-class super-wide converter lens*, the Mark II becomes an indispensable tool for landscape and architecture photographers. The combination can simulate super-wide lenses up to around 16mm on the full-frame 35mm format. Or you can use it to compose super-wide stitched images. The Mark II even removes distortion present in the wide converter lens — in real time.


When There's No Need for Color

In black & white mode Artist's Viewfinder shows just the luminance information of the scene, making it easier to explore tonal structures and simulate what a black & white photograph will look like. Taking it a step further, the optional dark and neutral toolbar theme ensures that colors from the app doesn't interfere with your composition.

Unprecedented Simulation Flexibility

The Mark II leverages our extensive Viewfinder Camera Database, containing more than 800 still and motion picture cameras, 180 medium/large format backs and countless lenses — incorporating real lens data for ALPA, Hartblei, Hasselblad, Leica, Rodenstock, Schneider and Zeiss glass. And you can define your own cameras and lenses when you need something special for the job.

Does What Optical Viewfinders Can't Even Dream Of

Artist's Viewfinder stores location and simulation metadata with the pictures, allowing you to evaluate results of a location scout later on your computer. Or you can send the information off to the rest of the crew or to a rental house, right from the app. It also records a standard GPX format track log, alleviating the need for a separate logging device.

Want to Learn More?

To explore the complete list of features, please visit:

Written by the author of the app, The Viewfinder Handbook is the ultimate source of information about the Mark II. Way more than a user manual, this free eBook not only walks you through the ins and outs of the app, but also provides conceptual background, insights and useful hands-on advice. Available in iPad optimized PDF format at:

What’s New

Version 7.4

New features:
• Added lab measured angle of views and ultra wide camera distortion profiles for iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
• Improved iOS 17 support.

Added cameras:
• Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K, Micro Studio Camera 4K G2, Studio Camera 4K Plus G2
• Canon EOS R100
• Nikon Z8, Zf
• Panasonic AU-EVA1, S5II, S5IIX
• Sony BURANO, PXW-FX9, VENICE 2 8K V2.0 formats

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

Pro-weather-user ,

Saves time and saves film

I shoot several formats of film with a variety of equipment and often the setup time is a consideration. I have relied on this app to help me check the composition With various lenses in these formats for years and it has saved me a lot of time and even wasted film. In regards to the latter, if I were to go through the motions of setting up something like my 8x10 view camera, I might be inclined to expose a couple of sheets of film even though the image may not be as refined as I want. By using this app, I can frame, capture and study the composition well before ever exposing the film.

A disgruntled professor ,

Simply Invaluable!

This a a must for any serious photographer. It does everything it claims and more. When I’m in the field, I use it many times per day. In addition to previsulization, it functions as a notebook for scouting potential shots. The gps function enables return to the precise location. I always use it to locate and set my initial tripod position.
The map function could be enhanced with the addition of a direction indicator. Easier access to the time/date data would also be an improvement.

69bob6969 ,

Worth every penny

At first I balked at the $30 price. But it seemed to do exactly what I needed and the other reviews were good so I bought it. I am extremely impressed.

I use it to scout for shooting locations. I can see what different cameras look like with different lenses. It captures gps data so I can find my way back carrying just the gear I need.

App Privacy

The developer, DIRE Studio, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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