hahahahaha alot of people think newer is better, but when you see the guts cheapened over the years, more money going into advertising than product, you really see how powerful marketing was for a sinking company at the time... and it worked just enough to keep em alive.
Originally Posted by TareqPhoto
Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.
or maybe Mo... F....., so whatever it stands for, we should keep on topic, hahaha
I quite enjoy using the WLF on my Yashica TLR. The lateral reversal doesn't bother me usually, though I'm not trying to follow action with it. There are times where the WLF isn't as practical of course, but then again there are times when an eyelevel finder isn't the best choice either. Like Roger I tend to use it more at chest/neck level. I've also used it turned on its side for eyelevel work, though that gets very disorienting unless I slow down a lot and think everything through, but with more practice, that might get easier. The only other issue is in low light it can get very hard to compose at all, but that's more an issue with the dim screen on this particular camera.
To keep it in the spirit of APUG: More Film!
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
"Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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Height is the one reason I will go to a prism. I am using a Rollei 6008, so I get the metering information in the WLF too.
Originally Posted by nwilkins
For portraits, I have been told that the ideal position is to have the camera about midway, not equal, in height. So when the model is standing, I am sitting or kneeling and the camera is approximately equal in height to the model's pelvis or midsection.
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The Pentax 67 has a WLF.
Originally Posted by TheToadMen
We have remarkably similar gear. I also have the Pentax 645 and 6008i. I have a 67II for good measure. I agree with your assessment of these types.
Originally Posted by Troll
For environmental portraits, this may be correct.
Originally Posted by tnabbott
But it can gives some strange results.
When younger, I had a very experienced photographer tell me that he wouldn't hire a wedding photographer who didn't at least have a prism finder available.
If you use a waist level finder, there is a tendency to end up with a "naval eye view of the world" in your photographs of people.
Which definitely doesn't result in the most flattering view of many wedding guests - including many mothers of the bride!
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I'm thinking of trying a prism because my eyesight isn't what it used to be. Now I need the cheaters to compose then take them off and flip up the magnifier to ensure focus is right, then flip it back down and wonder where the dogs or grand child moved off to. Since I don't have these issues with the Nikon, I'm wondering if a prism will solve the problem.
Had a prism on a Rolleiflex once. Great for portraits and fast shooting, but made the camera very top heavy and looked really ugly. On my Rolleicord, I simply swapped out the top WLF for a later one that had a sports finder. That works fine and avoids the weight of a prism housing. Some of the Rolleiflex cameras have a WLF that has a mirror in it so you can push the front in and focus on the mirror that looks down to the focus screen. It gives you an upside down image, but is, again, much lighter than a prism. That's my favorite type of WLF. I should look for one for my Rolleiord. It might fit.