Mechanical slr camera with 100% viewfinder beside nikon F/F2/F3

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  1. darkosaric

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    Hi all,

    is there any? I am looking at specs of many cameras - but did not find any mechanical slr camera that has 100% viewfinder beside F/F2/F3.

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    The Canon F1 older version is mechanical and has 100% viewfinder. The newest version is not. The F3 isn't mechanical either.
     
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    I think there was a Minolta with exchangeable prism..... but probably not 100% mechanical

    And the early Leicaflex is candidates too, I think.
     
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    Check out the new Kenko cameras. They are mechanical but I'm not sure about the viewfinder.
     
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    I checked - also not 100% viewfinder
     
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    What's the prize for coming up with the most cameras?
     
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    I don't think those cameras (100% viewfinder) were ever that popular because the most common presentation of photographs is a white border, which of course requires some image overlap (loss) onto the easel blades.
     
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    I think slides when mounted generally cut off some of the image too.
     
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    It must have felt good typing that one.
     
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    The Nikon F series cameras except may be the F and F2 are not 100% viewfinder accuracy either but I think they are better than 99%. So 97% is not considered to be virtually 100% as in Nikon manual tends to say. I have only owned F2, F3 and F5 and found the viewfinders are accurate but can't verify if they are actually 100%. I never own the Canon and thought that the F1 was 100% accurate. May be the Minolta XK is but then it has an electronically controlled shutter.
     
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    When I was shooting macro and copy work, 100% viewfinder coverage was very important to me. The Nikon F, F2, F3, and F4 that I used all had viewfinders that provided the 100% coverage that I needed. Of the four, the F and F2 were mechanical.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11336821@N00/6307637714/
     

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    However nice the Leicaflex screens/viewfinders may be, they're still not 100% coverage...
     
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    Sounds like you'll have to settle with a trade-off which, IMO, is something the practice of photography is full of.
     
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    The Pentax LX is mostly mechanical but not 100% either. I have the F, F2 & F3 and used their 100% coverage and they are.