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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey A. Steinberg
    The chimney finder doesn't flip up. Its a 4-sided hard plastic "chimney" that extends the camera upward about 4 to 5 inches. I find it very helpful for the reasons described above.

    This is not the "waist level" finder most cameras come with. With the chimney finder, you have to put your eye up to it; You can't look down into it from afar (at least not easily).
    Yes, the chimney finder is a nice thing - but I think its use is limited to closeups, that's my own opinion. I find it quite difficult to compose the frame correctly using a chimney finder, because it's difficult to see what happens across your image when it's magnified and vignetted somehow. Also, those chimney finders are rare to find - I wish I had one, I tried only a borrowed one For general use the prism has no substitutes, but again it's my opinion.

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    I actually have two. One is the basic chimney finder with the magnifier and then I found an immacualate prism finder with meter. CdS and works great. Its built from metal instead of plastic so its a bit heavier.

    I have not found a problem focusing with this one because it really doesn't have a magnifier like the plastic one. It has a rotating glass element that I think is a diopter adjustment but I am not sure. It does appear to have some magnifying effect but I think thats from the diopter adjustment. I am not an optician so I may be wrong here.

    It took me a year to find it. If you find one of the chimney finders, grab it.
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    There is a non-Mamiya option - a modified Kiev prism from Baier Fototechnik in Germany (http://www.baierfoto.de/mameng.html).
    I feel, therefore I photograph.

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    My vote goes for the chimney finder (cds). Well-built, light and accurate. The rotating eyepiece is the dioptre adjustment. Big eyepiece makes it easy(ish) to see the whole image, even when you're wearing specs. If you are going for a metered chimney, just one thing to note: It's a spot meter system. Actually, 'system' is too grand a word for it. It's a metering cell on the end of 'swing-in' arm. A bit Heath Robinson but typically Mamiya. Regards, BLIGHTY.

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    I use the pentaprism finder for my Mamiya C330f ,but due to enormous chunk of glass which it contains, ( even when used with the L grip ) I feel in danger of sustaining a broken wrist after after a few minuits use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bentley Boyd
    I feel in danger of sustaining a broken wrist after after a few minuits use.
    That's why I always thought to get a wristband like the wrestlers use But this prism is bright only because the glass is huge Just compare with Hassy prisms for the same format, and I don't mention Kiev! )

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