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    Miranda and Topcon have waist level finders, Miranda's are very inexpensive with fair to good lens.

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    Any TLR or top viewing camera such as most MF SLR's or some older 35mm SLR's that had modular pentaprism viewers. I have a Mamiya M645j and would love to pick a C220/330. With either of these cameras the subject can be viewed from the top of the camera body.
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    what camera has the nicer waist-level screens? the MF or the 35mm cameras?

    this will be my street/people camera.

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    If you are looking for a WLF camera for street phtography, you can't beat the TLRs like the Rolleiflex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cotdt View Post
    what camera has the nicer waist-level screens? the MF or the 35mm cameras?

    this will be my street/people camera.
    As I recall, the average distance between people's eyes is 65 mm. This means that if a camera has a screen bigger than this, you can view it with both eyes, which is much more natural. Conversely, anything smaller seems a bit pokey, but of course the screen of a Rolleiflex or similar is significantly larger than 35 mm.

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    Medium format will have a larger viewing area thus easier for viewing, especially for further distances like waist to eye level.
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    Equally, these medium format TLR's you'll only get 12 exposures before its time to reload. And you'll only use 75-80mm lenses, which are 50mm in 35mm terms. I prefer something wider.

    If your using from the waist, you'll not be eyes right up to the viewfinder, so it being large enough for two eyes is a non issue. If your close you'll use the magnefier and its a non issue.

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    Well I guess it may be a little off the wall, but the fairly novel Canon Epoca has a second viewfinder that can allow waist-level use. It sells for cheap!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Unusual-Canon-...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Canon F-1 has an optional waist level finder.

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    Any TLR will do well. I find 35mm waist level finders on the Exaktas a bit squinty, haven't tried a more modern one.

    I'm also inspired to take the RB Graflex out when the weather gets warm and see if I can use it on the ground, focusing and shooting with my toes.

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