SLR's with waist level viewing?

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  1. msbarnes

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    I'm wondering, are there any 35mm SLR's with waist level finders? Kind of like the Pentax 67. I like eye-level viewing but I like waist-level too.
     
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    Nikon F can take them.
    I think the F4 does also but dont quote me, the F4 is too new for me so I'm not 100% on that one.

    I have a wlf for my F but it is dinky compared to a 'blad or RZ.
     
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    Pretty much any slr with a removable prism, add the Nikon F4 and F5 to the above.

    So, you have the F, F2, F3, F4, F5 everything from fully mechanical to super duper whiz bang electronic.
     
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    cool! Thanks. It looks like I have more than a few options. I don't ever recall seeing one so I thought it was extremely rare or didn't exist, but it looks like I have a few choices.
     
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    Canon F-1. As mentioned above, any one with a removable prism. Often you can also put another prism on the eyepiece to get a waist level view but it isn't quite as good and none of these will be as big as a nice MF WLF.
     
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    Sometimes I just remove the prism from my Nikon F3. But I must be careful so that I not drop the viewing screen from the camera.
     
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    The best one yet that I have seen is the Speed Finder for the Canon F1. It is is possible to shift between a sports finder view or WLF view. Good eye relief and I found it suited me better than the F2 and F3 wlf finders, although all of them is a bit on the dinky side compared to a Rolleiflex TLR.
     
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    F3 has swappable viewfinders, one for regular waist viewing, another as a 6x waist finder. Also work with taking the prism off and looking right at focusing screen. It may mess with metering and stray light may enter.
     
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    Actually the first 35mm SLR's were waist-level-finder cameras.
     
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    I'll second the Exa. You can buy a nice one with waist level finder and a good lens rather cheaply. Plus, they have all the speeds you need, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/150. :smile: They are a bit awkward at first with the shutter button on the left. Be sure to get an auto lens, like the Carl Zeiss, Jenna. The Exakta is just to big for me.
     
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    Since I needed to attach my camera to microscopes and telescopes, a waist level finder has been an important feature for me for a long time. My very first SLR (Miranda Sensorex) had a waist level finder. I also had a waist level finder for my Nikon F, F2, F3, and F4.

    Nikon really disappointed me when it failed to equip the F6 and its digital SLRs with this useful feature.


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    For street photography, I frequently slide the prism off my Canon F-1 (original) and compose and shoot just glancing down at the view screen. Scale focus, use the sunny 16 rule, and just take pics.

    Jim B.
     
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    Of course there are the early Alpas.
     
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    Of course I can't know for sure but I think Nikon made the F6 so that they have a camera that is less expensive to make than the F5 and yet is considered as new/improved and can be sold for more. The interchangable viewfinder feature is simply too expensive and there are few people like you and me that would miss that feature.
     
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    Canon F1(n) with waist level finder. The the finder is are to get though.
     
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    Most SLRs from Miranda and the Edixa Reflex SLRs. Also the Agfaflex cameras (as in my avatar). Plus Topcon RE Super.
     
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    Having used several (Exakta, Exa, Nikon F, F2, Rolleiflex 3003, Praktina, various Practikas... - just as far as 35mm is concerned), I'd say that the best quality is the Exa/Exakta (at least with the older magnifyinging/condenser WLFs), while the most convenient is the Rolleiflex SL 2000 / 3003 (switchable between WLF and eye level finder in a fraction of a second).
     
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    As mentioned, most of the Exakta's will take a waist level finder. I have both the WLF & pentaprism for mine. Exakta V & VX in my case. They have the flip up magnifier so focusing is easy. It's kind of a backward camera because the wind is on the left side.
     
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    To Sumarize -

    Agfa : Agfaflex
    Agfa : Colorflex
    Alpa : Reflex
    Canon : Canonflex
    Canon : F1
    Edixa : Edixa-MAT
    Edixa : Reflex
    Edixa : Rex
    Exakta : Exa
    Exakta : Exakta V series
    Exakta : RTL1000
    Exakta Real : Real
    Gomz : Sport
    KMZ : Start
    Leica : Visoflex
    Minolta : XK/X1/XM
    Miranda : Early: D, G etc.
    Miranda : Sensomat
    Miranda : Sensorex
    Nikon : F
    Nikon : F2
    Nikon : F3
    Nikon : F4
    Nikon : F5
    Pentax/Asahi : Asahiflex
    Pentax/Asahi : LX
    Rollieflex : 2000
    Rollieflex : 3003
    Topcon : D
    Topcon : Super
    VEB Pentacon : Praktiflex
    VEB Pentacon : Praktika FX series
    VEB Pentacon : Praktika VLC series
    VEB Pentacon : Praktina
    Zeiss : Contarex Special
    Zeiss : Icarex 35
    Zenit : 4, 5, 6