Nikon 'waist level finder'

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    I've been experimenting with my new Nikon waist level finder that someone gave me. It works pretty slick, but you have to get used to it. A totally different perspective. Nobody knows you're taking their picture. Anyway......has anyone out there tried this? The one thing I don't like is it seems to allow dirt/dust to get onto the focusing screen. Is this a known problem or is there a piece of glass that's supposed to be in there? (like the normal finder - I have the high eyepoint). It's neat experimenting with a feeble attempt at street photography...for those who may be a little shy....
     
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    I use a DW-3 waist level with my F3 quite often. It's great for "down in the weeds" shooting.
     
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    I used to use it a lot. It is great for street photo. I used it on my F2. What I liked about it, is that with both eyes, you can see a better perspective than just 1 eye. Its more like seeing a print when you look down. I used it mostly with a 24mm or 35mm lens.
    Is your an F2 or F3?
     
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    I use it with my F3 & a 28mm or 24mm. I haven't tried it w/the 14mm yet. But I do like wandering the streets with it.
     
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    What I understand is that you can get full metering with the F3 and Waist Level finder. With the F2 and waist level, I lose my metering.
     
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    Yes, but the read out is so tiny, it's hardly worth it. I use my Gossen instead.
     
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    The waist level finder on a twin lens reflex camera was the main reason why some photographers could get away with using this big medium format camera for street shooting.
     
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    I use mine mostly for copy stand work
     
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    My DW3 is used a lot in crowd situations. It enables me to hold the camera overhead and using a 24mm lens I can point it in the right direction. Without the finder on, I cannot see the focusing screen if there is a lot of sunlight.

    I also use the DA2 action finder with a motorcycle helmet on, you really can see the viewfinder, it's also good in crowd situations as you get reasonably good focus, with the camera about 300mm away from your eyes.

    For getting down amongst plants or real close work I use the DW4. I thought the small close focusing lupe on the DW3 was pretty good until I got the DW4.

    In short, with different finders and the correct focusing screen, you really can change your perspective and have fun at the same time.

    Mick.