I wanted to use the Marshall monitor on a couple of different shoots before I wrote a review on it. I have done locked off shots, tripod moves and shot handheld all using this monitor. It is a very reliable monitor, lightweight and I am a huge fan of the front panel buttons. Although I highly recommend this monitor for HDSLR shooters, and anyone shooting with a camera that has a HDMI output, there are some drawbacks.
As a one man band this monitor is great. It is so light that you can’t even tell it is there when shooting handheld. But what happens when you are on a shoot with a director and even a client that needs to view what you are shooting? This 5” monitor is not the perfect option for that. You’ll need to buy an HDMI splitter if you want a few people to see what you are shooting. For a director’s point of view, I talked to Dave Ogden who directs the corporate shoots I shoot. He would like to see a bigger screen and an HDMI output built in. We make do when it is only us viewing but add in a client and it gets a little crammed. Dave likes the false color filter and I have noticed how much better my exposure is when using this. This is my favorite feature of the monitor. The focus assist is also great and I have yet to have shoot anything soft when using the monitor.
One of the reasons I hesitated buying the Marshall monitor was because of the powering options. Using 4AA batteries for a couple hours of life just doesn’t cut it. Jag35 came out with their battery. Amazing price and runs the monitor all day. Jag35 also came out with a Canon battery adapter cable and H4n cable. This means I can run my entire rig with this one battery. I have done tests that you can read about here.
Overall this is an amazing monitor for the price. The focus assist and false color filter is extremely reliable. The build quality is solid and even though it is on the small side, it works fine for solo shoots. The powering option is easily the worst part about the monitor but luckily Jag35 has fixed that. Since I have gotten this monitor I have not used my Z-finder; even when shooting outside. I guess this makes the Marshall 5” monitor a game changer.