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    Oh yeah, one other thing - in spite of the name I rarely shoot the WLF at waist level. Most of the time I use the magnifier on my Yashica and hold the camera up to my head where I look down with my eye right at the finder. I do sometimes use it at waist level but most often it is, in practice, more of a "neck level" finder and given that I am 6' tall that could easily be eye level for someone, say, 5'6".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Oh yeah, one other thing - in spite of the name I rarely shoot the WLF at waist level. Most of the time I use the magnifier on my Yashica and hold the camera up to my head where I look down with my eye right at the finder. I do sometimes use it at waist level but most often it is, in practice, more of a "neck level" finder
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    On my RB67 I just rotate my back.

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    I have a prism finder for my Mamiya C330F but I prefer the W.L.F. most of the time, the prism is a huge chunk of glass and is heavy, I tend to only use it with flash.
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    Thanks, forgot it's not upside down. It seems like I'm always pointing the camera in the wrong direction with a laterally reversed image

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    I just can't quite get used to the WLF on my old 500c. Always have a 45 degree prism in place...much easier for me YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    Thanks, forgot it's not upside down. It seems like I'm always pointing the camera in the wrong direction with a laterally reversed image
    Practise. I've photographed bobsleds with a Rollei, panning to follow them.
    Take the camera out near a road and practice panning cars as they go by, you'll catch on pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    Thanks, forgot it's not upside down. It seems like I'm always pointing the camera in the wrong direction with a laterally reversed image
    Most people get used to it and it doesn't bother them. A few don't and just use a prism finder. There is no right or wrong answer. Just use what works for you.

    I shoot large format and love it when someone wants to look under my dark cloth. They all say the same thing, "But it's upside down!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Most people get used to it and it doesn't bother them. A few don't and just use a prism finder. There is no right or wrong answer. Just use what works for you.

    I shoot large format and love it when someone wants to look under my dark cloth. They all say the same thing, "But it's upside down!".
    Then I say:

    "Yes, it's an Australian camera" (= on the other side of the globe for Holland)

    or

    "Oh, wait, I put the camera upside down ..."
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    I use both, but it depends how I'm using the camera to determine which finder I use.

    Mamiya 645 with power winder (or in portrait orientation): prism
    Mamiya 645 w/o power winder (landscape orientation only): WLF
    Bronica SQ-A w/ Speed Grip S: Prism
    Bronica SQ-A w/ handcrank: WLF
    Bronica SQ-Am (builtin power winder only): Prism
    Mamiya RZ67: WLF mainly. This is because the AE Prism weights as much as the body, 110mm lens, and a back by itself. I did use the Prism when shooting high on a tripod.

    So pretty much, if I'm using the camera with my hand orientated like I would with an SLR, I'll use the prism. Or if just using the front shutter release and hand winding, I prefer the WLF.

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