Best finder/prism for Mamiya m645 1000s

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  1. vollie

    vollie Member

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    I am currently building a Mamiya M645 1000s and would like to know what would be the best Prism finder for this camera. Should I go for AE or PDS or what? Should I go for a standard eye level prism and use a meter or go with a metered prism? I would like ease of use, reliability and would prefer not to use a hand held meter.
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  2. bohica

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    I use a 645 1000s and a m645 for backup, I use the PD(s) finder for both and find it realy quick, prob cause it's not that diff from my FM. Stay away from the cds finder.
     
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    I've been using the cds finder with no problems. What do you see as the disadvantages of it?
     
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    having to take the reading and then transfer it to the camera, also though I never had any problems with accuracy, it has a reputation of being off.
     
  5. Curt

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    I used a waist level on mine for years and loved it. Still do because I have glasses. I recently bought a Pd finder and found that it is heavy. The meter is nice, but it is heavy. I will probably look for a smaller meter to use with it. I do like the eye lever finder because verticals are easier than with a waist level finder though. Get both and see. One a tripod it would be the waist level finder for sure. Hand held it will be the eye level finder and the side grip.
     
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    "having to take the reading and then transfer it to the camera,"

    Ahh. I have just experienced this problem first hand, in a moment when eye, hand and brain were not connected. I was taking some family photos outdoors, using the cds meter. Lighting called for 1/125th @f16, but I forgot to set the shutter speed on the body of my Mamiya, which I now realize was set at 1/60th. The good news is that it was a bright snowy day, so developing for the shadows might still save the shots. I'll have to give how to do that some thought. Any advice?
     
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    Oops again. Of course I meant "develop for the highlights". :rolleyes: