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 Up button. 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 600 still and motion picture cameras, 150 medium/large format backs and countless lenses — incorporating real lens data for ALPA, Hartblei, 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?

The Viewfinder Handbook explains every single feature of the Mark II. It is an iPad optimized free PDF eBook available at:

What's New

Version 5.2.1

• Corrected a problem with Fn Key 2 and Fn Key 3 not becoming disabled when necessary on Plus sized phones and on all iPad models.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

36 Ratings

36 Ratings

elegant and useful

Hill Country Bob

For many years I have tried to find a reasonably priced optical director’s viewfinder on the web, eBay, B&H Photo, etc. They are out there but you get what you pay for and if you want quality, versatility and accuracy, it’s expensive. Enter the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder. With it’s elegant and easy interface and compatibility with the current iPhones and third party lenses it is the answer I have been looking for. And the price is right! Some may balk at a +$25 app, but even combined with the cost of associated iPhone cases and lens attachments, it is quite a bargain compared to the outrageously expensive optical versions. Third party lens and case makers have caught up with the iPhone 6 so “this is the one, Neo.” I have been using it for about a month now and am completely satisfied. Customer support is excellent. Highly recommended.

Fully professional.


This app has fully professional features, an excellent tasteful interface and seamless execution. I am one of those eclectic professional photographers who would otherwise spend a small fortune on optical viewfinders for vintage and contemporary cameras--and never really be satisfied. After this app, I have everything I ever wanted in a viewfinder, some very well-designed logging and session planning tools, and a camera function with frame lines, exposure lock and focus lock. Overall, this excellent professional app upgrades the standard iPhone camera for pro photographers, and needless to say I'm never buying an optical viewfinder again.

Dramatically improves my pics


I was a huge fan of the original viewfinder app but this new version blows it away.

Being able to quickly pinpoint the best compositions and camera placements immediately allowed me to produce better images in less time.

This is also my favorite scouting tool. I have all of my crops including 6x17 panoramics setup as different cameras so I can easily switch between them.

Having easy access to all my lens and camera configurations avoids the hassle of switching lens as I work out the best composition. By using the ipro lens super wide lens with this app I have all of my glass covered. I know exactly which lens to pull out of the bag to get the shot. For a photographer shooting mainly prime glass this is a huge help.

Tech support is fantastic as well which was a bonus.

One if the best features is the WA lens correction which gives you a much better representation of the final image.


DIRE Studio Kft.
5.7 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Simplified Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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