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    nikon F4 F4s alternative finder

    Is there any APUG'er who's been using one of the alternative finders on a nikon F4 or F4S?

    Specifically your opinions/experience on/with the "Waist-Level Finder DW-20" if possible. When used it's spot meter only but it's tempting for low on the ground shooting(macrowork) or waist level shooting with this beast.

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    I find the WLF to be a waste of money. I am happiest with the right angle finder attachment that screws to the regular pentaprism. The best view is with a magnifying chimney finder but they are bulky and expensive and aren't all that much of an improvement.

    A big plus with the right angle attachment is that it swivels for use in 'portrait' orientation - try that with a WLF or chimney finder.

    Look for either a DR-4 or a DR-3/DK-7. There are several 3-rd party ones available, I can't vouch for them. The view through the Nikon finder is brilliant.
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    Seems Nikon didn't find many happy WLF users for the DW20.
    Thank you Nicolas for the reply, I will investigate DR options you're suggesting.

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    I have the waist level finder for the F4S. While I do not use it often, I do find that I like the relaxed view more than the right angle finder. I spent very little to get the DW-20, and would not recommend spending much. When doing very low angle shots, or with the camera clamped in a tough to approach position, the DW-20 can be very convenient. Downside is the spot metering only feature, and that the view is reversed left to right.

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    Another advantage of the RA finder is the camera keeps all it's metering modes and displays.
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