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    I have an HC-4, HC-2, and a Kiev 45 degree with spot meter. My favorite by far is the HC-4. Yes, you need the Acute Mate screen and you can't wear glasses very well using it. I wear contacts.

    With the HC-4, I was able to adjust the eyepiece to my vision, and found it much easier to hand hold the camera. And with it, I found that it is faster to frame images with it. On the tripod I use a chimney finder.

    This has been my experience.

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    Brian, another option is the PME51. Also a 45 degree prism and has a build in meter which can be pretty handy if traveling light.
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    On a high tripod with the PM 45 I just rotate the camera 90 degrees to use the finder. It's square--one orientation is the same as the other

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    So many options! I'm leaning more towards the NC-2. I really like how small and simple it is. The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't have a flash shoe.

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    You will not regret getting an NC-2.

    And should you find you eventually do anyway, you can always sell it again. Without losing money. There's no depreciation.

    The flash shoe on the later prisms may appear a nice thing to have, but anything you put on it gets in the way a bit. Which perhaps is why Hasselblad chose the Sunpak 120 (modified and rebranded, of course ) as their own dedicated shoe mount flash unit: it tilts forward, out of the way.

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    Just my two cents - I own a 90 and two 45 prisms, the PM-5 and PM-45 by far I use the PM-45 the most, I like the magnification and the way the screen looks through it. I like the relief. I find it suitable for most of the subjects I shoot, I like how easy it is to change backs and... being a wearer of glasses - sometimes I shoot with glasses sometimes without, studio shooting with/outdoor shooting without and I hate the on off on off on off glasses thing I will not do it. - Having the diopter adjustment is really nice.

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    Brian I just saw a PM-45 on Rangefinder forum for sale if you are still looking...It look to be in great condition.
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    That's probably my PM45 for sale on RFF. Still available. I thought I'd try using a prism to help my focus hit rate and to make it easier to compose, since the image is flipped "the right way." I found it did both of those, but working with the WLF suits me better, so it's for sale.

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    Just to catch everyone up following this thread I exchanged my PM90 for an NC-2 from KEH. I decided I'd like the smallest simplest prism. I hope I don't miss the flash shoe though. We'll see. I'll let you all know what I think when it arrives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian steinberger View Post
    Just to catch everyone up following this thread I exchanged my PM90 for an NC-2 from KEH. I decided I'd like the smallest simplest prism. I hope I don't miss the flash shoe though. We'll see. I'll let you all know what I think when it arrives!
    What do you mean, you exchanged it. You didn't trade it 1 for 1 did you?
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