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    I have and use a prism finder for my Mamiya C330, but only sometimes.

    It is a well made and useful accessory that gives me a reasonably bright, non-reversed and upright image with the camera at eye-level. For portraits on the go (think weddings) it allows me to avoid the "navel eye" view of the world.

    It is reasonably compact, but quite heavy. It is much more usable than the "porro" finder that Mamiya made for their TLRs, which are large, fairly dim, and give a reversed image.

    Here it is in operation, with the camera, a 135mm lens, and me!
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    For weddings and more formal kinds of portraiture, that makes perfect sense. I can see using one when the camera is on a tripod especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    I pretty much routinely use the magnifier and hold the camera up with it to my eye when I need to focus critically and don't have any problems with that. YMMV.
    This is also true for me, I like to double check with the magnifier, even sometimes when I know my DOF probably covers it. Maybe its the same reason I never use the sports finder on a TLR.

    There is also the trick of holding the camera upside down above your head to get over crowds too.

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    I bought a nice Yashica Mat124 last year after being away from TLR's for about 40 years. Very happy with it. I learned

    photography as a kid in the 1950's with a Kodak Brownie Reflex 127 non-synchro TLR camera. Took me way back.

    Best regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    This is also true for me, I like to double check with the magnifier, even sometimes when I know my DOF probably covers it. Maybe its the same reason I never use the sports finder on a TLR.

    There is also the trick of holding the camera upside down above your head to get over crowds too.
    There's a big reason I like TLR cameras. I'm in a wheelchair and this allows me to hold the camera up over my head and still compose and take a shot.

    I'm also able to hold the camera down near ground level and get good low angle shots.

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    A porroprism uses mirrors instead of a true prism and so is quite light in comparison.

    While some people like the square format most people crop it to something like the golden rectangle when printing.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    I wonder if "most" people actually do?

    Informal poll for 6x6 shooters - do you print square or crop to rectangular? I do both at different times.

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    Square.
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
    Rolleicord Va: Humble.
    Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

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    Square.

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    Square.
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

    "A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus

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