4x5 reflex viewfinder

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  1. Fintan

    Fintan Member

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    I'm on the lookout for a reflex finder that can be adjusted for portrait/landscape. The linhof one is a bit pricey and I'm wondering what alternatives are there to buy [I cant make stuff]

    Any info appreciated.

    Fintan
     
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    Toyo, Sinar, Polaroid (MP4 Reflex viewer), and Cambo/Calumet have reflex finders. I'm sure there are others as well, but that's what comes to mind.
     
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    The Toyo bino-reflex viewer I have can be manually flipped by removing the interface panel and moving it 90° to the other side of the reflex housing.
     
  4. Dave Miller

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    Check out the Shen Hao unit. It sells here for £200 new.
     
  5. Fintan

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    Thanks for the info, I've been googling your suggestions.

    Dave can you send me a link to your supplier please.

    Thanks,

    Fintan
     
  6. herb

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    reflex viewer for 4x5

    I have had two, one Linhof,one made special by Peter Gowland, I found

    ANY reflex viewer to be a pig to use, if I am in that much of a hurry I use the

    Ebony style bellows viewer-not as bulky and just as accurate.
     
  7. Scott-Tx

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    aren't viewers specific to the camera you're using? i didn't think there was a universal one out there - besides the cambo which will work on the dlc. i've owned horseman, linhof, and arca viewers... the arca is hands-down the finest of the lot. i'm selling one now, but only because i sold my arca camera!
     
  8. Dave Miller

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    Ffordes Photographic sells them.

    https://secure.ffordes.com/index.htm
     
  9. Fintan

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    I wouldnt have thought so myself. Can you PM me more info on your arca viewer.

    Thanks for the Ffordes tip Dave, I've bought a lot from Steve Byford over the years.
     
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    I have a reflex viewer for my Arca and find it a bit of a pain really. It's a lot of extra bulk and one more thing to attach to the camera while setting up. But it came with the Arca which had been my only 4x5 experience so I didn't know any better. Then at the conference I took Peter Shrager's Intro to LF workshop and found that just working off the ground glass was a lot more enjoyable for me. It was so much quicker and I find my brain has an easier time translating the upside-down image than it does when working with one that's right-side up but still reversed left to right.

    So now I'm going to start leaving the reflex viewer at home and see how I feel with working off the ground glass on the Arca.